Rutgers (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten) made some halftime adjustments and put together their best offensive possession of the game on their first possession of the second half before kicking a field goal from 41 yards out. The field goal ended a 10-quarter scoreless drought for Rutgers against No. 4 Ohio State (2-0, 1-0 Big Ten), but that was the highlight of the day for the Scarlet Knights. Once again overpowered in every facet of the game against the Buckeyes, Rutgers was simply no match for the Big Ten favorites. Ohio State continued their dominance over Rutgers since the two became Big Ten division foes with a 52-3 victory.
Ohio State has won all five meetings between the two schools since Rutgers joined the Big Ten in 2014. The Buckeyes have now outscored Rutgers 271-27.
Dwayne Haskins passed for 233 yards in his second start for Ohio State, with four touchdowns. His backup, freshman Tate Martell, was 10-of-10 for 121 yards and rushed for 63 yards, highlighted by a 47-yard touchdown run and picking up his first career touchdown pass. J.K. Dobbins got an early rest after rushing 12 times for 73 yards and a score. Johnnie Dixon caught two touchdown passes and Parris Campbell caught five passes for 64 yards and a score for the Buckeyes.
The win was the second blowout win for Ohio State in the absence of head coach Urban Meyer, who is serving a three-game suspension. Next week, Ohio State leaves the comforts of home in Ohio Stadium for a matchup with TCU in Arlington, Texas. It will be the final game without Meyer as head coach and should be the most challenging game in this three-game stretch to open the season.
Meyer is scheduled to return to the Ohio State sidelines in Week 4 when Ohio State hosts Tulane, a week before traveling to Penn State for another Big Ten contest.
Rutgers will be back on the road next week and will also play a Big 12 opponent. Rutgers travels to Kansas, with the Jayhawks fresh off a long-awaited road win against Central Michigan.
Dwayne Haskins has thrown for three touchdowns and freshman Tate Martell has thrown his first career touchdown as Ohio State is on cruise control against Rutgers in Columbus this afternoon. Ohio State is leading the Scarlet Knights in the Big Ten opener for each school, 35-0 at halftime.
Rutgers has traditionally struggled mightily when taking to the road against the top teams around the Big Ten, and today is proving to be no exception to that rule. Rutgers started the game by fumbling on the third play of the opening drive, which led to an Ohio State touchdown (Haskins to Johnnie Dixon). Rutgers then punted on their next five possessions, with four three-and-outs in that stretch. Meanwhile, Ohio State’s offense has only had to punt twice. Ohio State has out-gained Rutgers 310-49 and has 19 first downs to just three for Rutgers.
J.K. Dobbins has the only rushing touchdown for the Buckeyes so far. Dobbins has rushed for a game-high 73 yards too. Mike Weber has added 33 yards in the running game. Both should have an early rest in the second half, if they are used at all.
Martell’s first career touchdown pass was to Terry McLaurin, a 51-yard play.
Go ahead and Sharpie Ohio State in for a 2-0 start, including 1-0 in Big Ten play.
Starting this season, college football players will be required to wear pants that will cover a player’s knee pads. The new uniform code is not being well received by some players, including Ohio State wide receiver Johnnie Dixon.
“The fact that we have to wear our pants so low, now I’m going to feel like a baseball player,” Dixon said, according to Lori Schmidt of Gridiron Now.
The need to cover the knees is designed to protect the knees. The idea is players will wear knee pads. Knee injuries are no joke, but covering the knee with pants isn’t going to protect any player from a torn ACL or other serious knee injuries.
Of course, this is not the first time a uniform enforcement has not been received warmly by Ohio State football players. A rule to stop players from exposing their abs was seen as some as a response to the signature look of former Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott.
It’s been a banner day for Ohio State when it comes to staving off the NFL for another year.
Earlier in the day, wide receiver Parris Campbell announced that he would be eschewing the NFL draft and returning to the Buckeyes for the 2018 season. Not long after, another receiver, Johnnie Dixon, along with defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones announced that they too opted against declaring in order to come back to OSU for another season.
The return of Jones is the more surprising of the two most recent ones as he had been viewed in some corners as a potential first-round pick.
Dixon led the Buckeyes in receiving touchdowns with eight and yards per catch at 23.4. For the season, he totaled 18 catches for 422 yards, both career highs
Thus far, Ohio State has lost cornerback Denzel Ward (HERE), defensive end Sam Hubbard (HERE) and linebacker Jerome Baker (HERE) to early entry into the draft. The deadline for the rest of the draft-eligible players to declare is Jan. 15.
A year after losing on the road to Ohio State 58-0, the first half brought back plenty of bad memories for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers played tough early on in a home game against No. 11 Ohio State, but the Buckeyes are rolling to another blowout win against one of the newest Big Ten members with a 35-0 lead at halftime in New Jersey.
The Buckeyes worked their way to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter as the teams jostled field position before Mike Weber picked up his first touchdown of the season. Ohio State took control of the game in the second quarter with three touchdowns, including a second touchdown run by Weber to cap a drive of 87 yards. J.T. Barrett also kept the offense going by bailing Ohio State out of a three-and-out on 3rd-and-17 with a 70-yard pass to Johnnie Dixon after keeping a play alive.
Barrett added a second touchdown pass on a 39-yard pass down the left sideline after Dixon somehow kept his feet in bounds for the score. By the time the game reached halftime, Weber added two more scores as well. Barrett has passed for 216 yards and two scores. Rutgers has just 72 yards of offense.
No disrespect to Rutgers here, because head coach Chris Ash knows he has a long way to go with this program, but Ohio State is simply demonstrating how much stronger, faster, athletic, and confident they are than their opponent tonight.