Oct 24, 2015; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer prior to the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O
Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett started his first game since last year’s Michigan game. Well, he picked up right where he left off, leading Ohio State to a big 49-7 win over Rutgers. Factory of Sadness has everything you need from our reactions to the action on the field, some awards, and the numbers behind Ohio State’s big win in New Jersey.
Rapid Reaction: 1st Half
We knew that with Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett under center, the Buckeyes would be more of a running team. However, 16 of their first 20 plays were runs. RB Ezekiel Elliott was bottled in by Rutgers and ended the 1st half with 15 yards on nine carries. He did punch in a two yard score, but he just didn’t get a whole lot of running room.
It’s worth noting that the Rutgers’ front seven has been pretty good against the run, which certainly flashed during the first half. They looked faster than most of the defenses Ohio State has faced this season. Barrett certainly had success in the first half, rushing for his own two yard score as part of a 10 carry, 85 yard effort.
Barrett’s running ability forced Rutgers to roll a safety up into the box, allowing the full arsenal of Buckeye playmakers to get loose.
Next: Reaction Continues: Barrett Was The Right Pick