After suffering its first regular-season loss under head coach Urban Meyer, Ohio State needed a strong performance in its next game in the worst way. On Saturday, it got just that with a 66-0 rout of Kent State at Ohio Stadium.
There was never a doubt as the Buckeyes led 21-0 after the first quarter and 45-0 at halftime as they piled up 628 total yards of offense in the game.
Redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett tied Kenny Guiton's single-game record with six touchdown passes as he went 23 for 30 for 312 yards. Barrett also threw one interception on a tipped ball in the first half.
Eleven different Ohio State players caught passes as redshirt sophomore Michael Thomas hauled in two of those with touchdown receptions of 14 and 63 yards. True freshman Curtis Samuel added 100 yards on the ground on 15 carries and two scores.
The Buckeyes' defense was also strong in pitching a shutout, limiting Kent State to just 126 yards of total offense. Tyvis Powell, Joshua Perry and freshman Erick Smith had interceptions for Ohio State.
|Ohio State||Stat||Kent State|
|628||NET TOTAL YARDS||126|
|5.4||AVERAGE PER RUSH||2.0|
|13.8||AVERAGE PER COMPLETION||5.3|
|15||RUSHING 1st DOWNS||3|
|15||PASSING 1st DOWNS||3|
|3||PENALTY 1st DOWNS||4|
|7.2||YARDS PER PLAY||2.2|
- J.T. Barrett had a career day, finishing with highs in completions (23), attempts (30), yards (312) and touchdowns (6). The six touchdowns are tied for the most in school history and his 312 passing yards are the most for an Ohio State quarterback since Troy Smith finished with 316 against Michigan in 2006.
- With two more scores Saturday, Michael Thomas now has four touchdown catches in the first three games of the season. Thomas is now scoring touchdowns on 44% of his receptions.
- In his first significant action of the season, linebacker Raekwon McMillan led the Buckeyes in tackles (7), TFLs (3) and sacks (2). #RAEKWONFREE
- Curtis Samuel set career highs with rushing (100) and receiving (40) yards. His three-yard touchdown in the third quarter was the first of his career.
- Youth was served Saturday. Beyond McMillan and Samuel's performances, Marcus Baugh and Jalin Marshall hauled in their first career touchdown receptions, and safety Erick Smith recorded his first career interception.
- Urban Meyer's teams are now 22-0 since 2005 when blocking a punt.