PISCATAWAY, N.J. — J.T. Barrett's first start of 2015 looked like the majority of his starts in 2014.
Barrett accounted for 324 total yards of offense and five touchdowns Saturday night at High Point Solutions Stadium as Ohio State rolled Rutgers, 49-7.
Barrett was 14-for-18 passing for 223 yards with three touchdowns and also carried the ball 12 times for 102 yards and two additional scores; Ezekiel Elliott rushed 19 times for 142 yards and two touchdowns, going over the 100-yard mark for the 13th-straight game with his 55-yard touchdown scamper early in the fourth quarter. Michael Thomas had five catches for 103 yards and a score to lead the Buckeyes.
Ohio State racked up 529 yards of total offense while limiting the Scarlet Knights to just 293. The Buckeyes did not commit a penalty and scored touchdowns on six-straight drives at one point, excluding the quarterback kneel Barrett took just prior to halftime. Ohio State also had 27 first downs.
Barrett accounted for 221 of Ohio State’s 248 yards at halftime, throwing for 136 and running for 85. He also had a pair of first-half touchdowns with the highlight coming on a 50-yard strike to Thomas.
Ohio State has a bye next weekend before hosting Minnesota Nov. 7.
|528||NET TOTAL YARDS||293|
|5.7||AVERAGE PER RUSH||3.6|
|14.5||AVERAGE PER COMPLETION||14.5|
|13||RUSHING 1st DOWNS||6|
|12||PASSING 1st DOWNS||6|
|2||PENALTY 1st DOWNS||0|
|7.5||YARDS PER PLAY||5.2|
- Head Coach Urban Meyer picked up career win No. 150. He has the highest career winning percentage (.852) among active coaches.
- Meyer is undefeated in games played in October (14-0) and November (12-0) at Ohio State at 26-0.
- Ohio State has now won 21 games in a row dating to last season, the longest active streak in the nation.
- Ohio State has now won 28 Big Ten regular season games in a row, extending its Big Ten record. The NCAA record for consecutive conference wins is 29 ACC wins by the Florida State teams from 1992-95.
- Ohio State also has won 16 consecutive true road games, the longest such streak in the nation.
- Ohio State is 49-23 all-time in night games (those starting after 5 p.m. local time), including 36-19 away from home.
- Ohio State holds an all-time record of 74-12-1 as a No. 1-ranked team and a 57-4 record as a No. 1 team against unranked opponents.
- Ohio State is 18-of-21 (.857) in red zone scoring opportunities in Big Ten play with 15 TDs and 3 field goals.
- Quarterback J.T. Barrett is now 12-1 as a starter in his Ohio State career.
- Barrett accounted for 5 TDs Saturday (3 passing, 2 rushing). He has accounted for a total of 12 TDs in the past three games (7 rushing and 5 passing).
- Barrett rushed for 101 yards, his second straight 100-yard rushing game and the fourth of his career. He also passed for 223 yards on 14-of-18 with 2 TDs, marking the third 200-yard passing and 100-yard rushing game of his career. It also marked the eighth game with 300-yards of total offense for Barrett in his career.
- Running back Ezekiel Elliott surpassed the 1,000-yard mark with 142 yards on 19 carries, his second straight season over 1,000 yards and the third straight by a Buckeye running back.
- Elliott has an FBS-leading streak of 13 consecutive games with at least 100 yards rushing. The last Big Ten running back to rush for at least 100 yards in 13 consecutive games was Iowa’s Shonn Greene in 2008.
- Elliott has 13 rushing TDs on the season at an average of 28.5 yards per score.
- Elliott’s 55-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter marked his 11th run of 50-or-more yards in his career.
- Wide receiver Michael Thomas has now caught a pass in 24 consecutive games. Thomas finished with five catches for 103 yards and a score. He has a Big Ten-best 6 TD receptions on the year.
- The 50-yard TD pass from Barrett to Thomas in the second quarter was the 16th pass play of at least 20 yards from Barrett to Thomas in their careers, 8 of those going for TDs.
- With 1.0 sack, defensive end Joey Bosa now has 24.5 career sacks in 36 career games, which is tied for the most among active players in the FBS with Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun.
- Bosa finished the game with 2.0 TFL.
- Cornerback Gareon Conley recorded his second career INT in the third quarter.
- Rutgers gained 64 yards on its first drive. From that point through the end of the third quarter, Rutgers gained only 117 yards in two-plus quarters.
- The Buckeyes committed zero penalties on the night.