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J.T. Barrett grabs keys to offense, drives Buckeyes to comfortable win

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Seven down, three to go before the defending national champs get to the real meat of their 2015 schedule.

For two quarters of play, the second and fourth quarters, Ohio State looked like the team that claimed the first-ever College Football Playoff, scoring 38 of their points against Penn State. In the other two, the Buckeyes did just enough to avoid undoing their second and fourth quarters of work in securing a 38-10 win over the Nittany Lions.

Call it coincidence, call it happenstance, but OSU’s most productive quarters coincided with J.T. Barrett being heavily involved.

The backup to starter Cardale Jones, Barrett either passed or ran the ball 15 times, accounting for 132 yards of offense.  Of that, 101 came on the ground on 10 carries as he, once again, provided an element of which the starter simply isn’t capable.  Most of all, Barrett was responsible for four touchdowns — two rushing and two passing, one of which came on a Tim Tebow-esque jump pass to Braxton Miller in the fourth that essentially put the game out of reach.

That score was the culmination of an eight-play, 85-yard drive that followed the Nittany Lions handing the ball over on downs when they were within striking distance of making it a one-score affair.  Down just two scores at 24-10, and after quickly getting into the red zone on a 56-yard run by the superb true freshman Saquon Barkley, Penn State couldn’t convert on a fourth-and-two from the OSU 13 as Christian Hackenberg was sacked and set the stage for more Barrett heroics.

The biggest thing to come out of this game?  Barrett showed beyond any reasonable doubt that he should be the starter moving forward.  Whether Urban Meyer agrees with that assessment remains to be soon.

Ezekiel Elliott secured his 12th consecutive 100-yard game, contributing a team-high 153 yards and a touchdown to the victory.  Barkley ran for a career-high 196 yards in the loss.

The win was the 20th straight for the Buckeyes, the longest current streak in the country.  It’s also the fourth streak of at least 20 straight wins for Meyer in his career, the most of any coach in history.

With Penn State wrapped up, Ohio State will move on to a road trip to Rutgers in Week 8 and, following a bye, host Minnesota Nov. 7 and play at Illinois the week after.  The next two weeks after that, though, will determine OSU’s postseason fate as they will get No. 7 and unbeaten Michigan State in Columbus Nov. 21 and No. 12 Michigan in Ann Arbor the following weekend.

Eastern Kentucky WR shot in bar dispute

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Eastern Kentucky wide receiver Cameron Catron was shot in the early morning hours of Sunday following a dispute outside a bar.

According to WKYT-TV, Catron and an unidentified man were fighting outside the Two Keys Tavern in Lexington, Ky., when the other man ran to his vehicle, returned with a gun and shot Catron. It is not known where he was shot.

The suspect, described as wearing a blue shirt with dreadlocked hair culminating in frosted tips, is still at large.

“He’s one of the biggest hearted guys I know. Whoever done that to him was just really in a bad place right now,” teammate Gunner Slone told the station.

A Belfry, Ky., native, Catron was a redshirt freshman in 2018; he appeared in two games on special teams.

Catron has already undergone two surgeries to remove the bullet and repair internal damage. A social media post by his mother indicated he is out of ICU and able to walk a short distance.

Former Ole Miss DB, Nebraska LB Breon Dixon headed to JuCo

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Breon Dixon has yet to really make a mark in college football, but his closet has become well stocked. A 4-star prospect out of Suwanee, Ga., Dixon signed with Ole Miss and enrolled in January of 2017, but left quickly thereafter.

Given a waiver to play immediately as part of the Hugh Freeze explosion, Dixon was enrolled at Nebraska within 365 days of originally enrolling at Ole Miss. He appeared in four games on special teams for the Huskers this season, but by this spring he was no longer a Cornhusker, either.

In May, the Omaha World-Herald contacted Iowa Western Community College head coach Scott Strohmeier, who said Dixon would become a Reiver. Now, Dixon has confirmed that himself.

He is expected to enroll in classes in July and compete for IWCC this fall, with the expectation he’ll look for another four-year university in the winter. Strohmeier told the World-Herald he didn’t expect Dixon to re-enroll at Nebraska, meaning the player could be looking for a fourth school in as many years come 2020.

Ex-Arizona State, Ohio State DE Darius Slade now enrolled at USF

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It appears Darius Slade has found himself yet another college football home.

In early February, it was confirmed that Slade had taken the first step in moving on from Arizona State by placing his name into the NCAA transfer database. A little over four months later, it’s now being reported that the defensive end is enrolled at South Florida.

For what it’s worth, a USF official declined to confirm Slade’s addition to the roster and the lineman isn’t yet listed on the football program’s online roster.

Slade, who originally began his collegiate career at Ohio State before transferring and landing at ASU prior to the start of the 2017 season, played in 10 games in 2018 after sitting out the previous year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

As a graduate transfer, Slade would be eligible to play for the Bulls immediately in 2019.

Louisville adds Marshall’s leading sacker as grad transfer

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On the same day we noted an addition to Marshall’s roster, there’s been a development regarding one of the football program’s personnel subtractions earlier this offseason.

Utilizing his personal Twitter account, Ty Tyler (pictured, No. 1) announced that he is “honored and overwhelmed to announce I am committed to [the] University of Louisville.” Earlier this offseason, the defensive lineman opted to enter his name into the NCAA transfer database after four years with the Thundering Herd.

As Tyler will be coming to the Cardinals as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately for the school in 2019. The upcoming season will serve as the lineman’s final year of eligibility.

This past season, Tyler led the Thundering Herd with eight sacks and tied for second on the team with nine tackles for loss. He leaves Huntington having been credited with 15.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 35 career games, 20 of which were starts.