Ohio State blows out Rutgers: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

When you blowout (and shutout) a team, 56-0, it makes dissecting the box score very easy. For Ohio State, it was all good (and a tiny bit bad) Saturday night their dominate win Saturday night at Rutgers. Let’s take a look:

The Good

J.T. Barrett

After struggling against Oklahoma, Barrett has played quite well the last three weeks. Granted, it’s against much easier competition, but still, it has to mean something. On Saturday, completed 14-of-22 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns. The redshirt senior also added 10 carries for 89 yards as well.

If anything, these past few games have been a huge confidence boost for the quarterback. He, along with the wide receivers, have also proven that they can connect on the deep ball too, which will be crucial against better competition.

Barrett eclipsed the 10,000 career total yards mark along with getting the school record for passing yards during the second quarter.

Demario McCall

Even though he’s still not 100 percent, in his first significant action of the season, McCall showed what kind of playmaker he can be for the offense. With the game already in the bag, the H-back had 11 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 35 yards and a touchdown. Whether it was his speed, athleticism, or playmaking ability, McCall can be a special player for the Buckeyes.

Mike Weber

He my have stolen all the goal-line touchdowns, but it was nice to see Weber get in the end zone. The sophomore had just 10 carries, but he turned them into 44 yards and three touchdowns.

J.K. Dobbins

Given the fact that Urban Meyer wanted to give Mike Weber plenty of carries now that he’s fully healthy and that it was a blowout, Dobbins didn’t get too much playing time, but he still made the most of his opportunities. The true freshman had six carries for 53 yards, which is 8.8 yards per carry.

Johnnie Dixon

Like Parris Campbell, when Johnnie Dixon is given the ball, he shows off his speed almost every time. In his best game of the season so far, the wide out totaled three catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns. While his 70-yard touchdown was because he was wide open, Dixon’s speed still proved costly for Rutgers.

Binjimen Victor

When you have a 6-foot-4 receiver, you used that to your advantage, especially when he’s going against a shorter cornerback. Victor had two catches for 69 yards and a touchdown, but his 46-yard touchdown was the play that was more important for him. Backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins just threw it up and the receiver was able to jump and get the ball easily. Hopefully it’s a play that they will use more often the rest of the season.

Using the whole offense

Like I said earlier, it’s Rutgers, so you somewhat have to take it as a grain of salt, but it’s still nice to see how good this offense has played. On Saturday, they totaled 342 passing yards and 286 rushing yards. It was nice to see them spread it out all over the field and to a bunch of different players.

Red-zone efficiency

Three times in the red zone, three touchdowns for Ohio State. Being perfect is good efficiency, right?

The most surprising thing was the fact that the Buckeyes were only in the red zone three times and scored 56 points.

Jordan Fuller

The safety may not have done anything special, but his eight tackles led the team (the next best only had four), so that means something, right? Fuller also had a half tackle for loss as well.

Sam Hubbard

When the defensive line is as good as Ohio State’s group is, it’s sometimes hard for a single player to stick out, but Hubbard did just that against Rutgers. The defensive end had four tackles, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble, and one quarterback hit on Saturday.

Dante Booker

Booker may be a linebacker, but he proved that he can catch the ball like a good wide receiver too. While totaling four tackles, one sack, and two tackles for loss, his one-handed interception to stop Rutgers’ drive inside the red zone is what will be remembered the most.

Denzel Ward

One of the fastest players on the team, Ward is also the team’s lockdown cornerback as well. Although he missed out on two interceptions that he could have had, the junior had one tackle and one tackle for loss to go along with his two pass breakups.

Pass defense

After a miserable start to the season in their first two games, the defensive backs have regained some momentum and confidence the last three games. They allowed Rutgers to pass for just 92 yards on 27 pass attempts. Whether it was Ward or the rest of the group, they dominated.

Third-down defense

The Scarlet Knights offense isn’t good, but the Silver Bullets still hold them to convert just 6-of-18 third-down opportunities. That’s not bad at all, I don’t care who you’re going against.

Red-zone defense

Ohio State’s offense were a perfect 3-for-3 with three touchdowns in the red zone and Rutgers were the exact opposite. Whether it was the defensive line or the secondary, the Buckeyes held the Scarlet Knights to a perfect (imperfect?) 0-for-3 on red-zone opportunities.

The Bad


Nit-picking here, but Ohio State was called for 10 penalties that totaled 106 yards. It didn’t matter against Rutgers, but they have to be more discipline against better opponents down the road.

The Ugly

When the score is 56-0, it’s hard to find anything that’s ugly.