Cardale Jones bounced back from a miserable game against Northern Illinois to throw for 288 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Saturday's 38-12 win over Western Michigan.
But that doesn't mean he was back to the level of play he was at in three postseason wins last season en route to a national-championship win.
Jones underthrew many passes Saturday, one leading to an interception, his fourth pick of the season.
But at least he wasn't yanked from the game, like he was against Northern Illinois, when after two early interceptions he yielded to J.T. Barrett, who also threw a pick and struggled to get the Buckeyes' offense moving.
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Still, Jones has a way to go to fix those issues from Saturday, and head coach Urban Meyer talked about it during his Monday press conference, pointing out how a handful of underthrown balls changed what could have been a monster day into the day Jones had.
"Fundamentally he wasn't sound," Meyer said of Jones. "The way he transferred back to front, dragging his back leg, and that's (quarterbacks coach) Tim Beck, and they'll work at it. And then J.T. underthrew one, too. J.T., if you remember early last year, struggled with that, and then he started throwing beautiful deep balls.
"So that's just something you've got to work on. But you can see certainly in that arm strength, it's just the fundamental flaw of not being able to weight transfer and driving the ball. He had one of his better days throwing. The underneath, the two-minute drill, some of those were just rocket shots he was throwing and very aggressive and fundamentally right on it, some deep balls.
"It was alarming. I want to say at least six. I should have that number for you. But at least six balls. That was a 518-yard day. Those are those days that if you hit those, that's a big day."