For the first time since 2015, Rutgers scored against the Ohio State Buckeyes.1 That’s progress, right? Much like they have since the Scarlet Knights joined the Big Ten in 2014, the scarlet and gray dominated Rutgers Saturday afternoon, 52-3. The fifth matchup between the two programs looked much like the first four.
Whether it was the offense or defense, starters or second-stringers, or even the first half or second half, the Buckeyes dominated in nearly every aspect of the game throughout all 60 minutes. Much like the season opener, the Buckeyes scored early and often, notching a touchdown on five of their first six possessions of the game. The game was such a blowout that at halftime, the scarlet and gray had 35 points while Rutgers had just 45 total yards.
Dwayne Haskins, who played just over one half, was almost perfect, completing 20-of-23 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns. His backup, Tate Martell, was a perfect 10-for-10 while throwing for 121 yards and a touchdown. Oh, and the redshirt freshman added eight carries, 95 yards, and a touchdown on the ground, including a beautiful 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Three wide receivers saw the end zone on Saturday, with Johnnie Dixon (four receptions, 89 yards, two touchdowns), Parris Campbell (five catches, 64 yards, one touchdown), and Terry McLaurin (one reception, 51 yards, one touchdown) all had at least one touchdown.
After having one heckuva game to open the season last week, Mike Weber had just eight carries for 31 yards. Then again, he wasn’t counted on to do that much and barely had any opportunities given the score. J.K. Dobbins, on the other hand, added 73 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Defensively, Ohio State’s defensive line will likely live in the nightmares of the Rutgers offense for the foreseeable future. Whether it was Nick Bosa, Chase Young, or a number of others, the Buckeyes lived in the Scarlet Knights’ backfield for much of the game.
In all, three Ohio State quarterbacks completed at least two passes, seven recorded at least one carry, and 10 players had at least one reception. Although a blowout isn’t nearly as fun as a close, down-to-the-wire game, it gave the coaching staff an opportunity to play a bunch of players, some of which won’t play at all this season unless it’s in garbage time. That could pay dividends both the rest of the season and even in the next couple years as well. Experience is valuable, no matter who it may come against or what the score is.
At least Rutgers didn’t allow the Buckeyes to score 77 points like Oregon State did. Add that to the Scarlet Knights not getting shut out and well, that’s about the only positives they can take from this game.
Now, it’s TCU week for the Buckeyes, their biggest non-conference game of the season.
- Ohio State shut them out both in 2016 (58-0) and 2017 (56-0). [↩]