Ohio State Throttles Rutgers, Eases Concerns Heading Into TCU

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Ohio State Throttles Rutgers, Eases Concerns Heading Into TCU

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Ohio State Throttles Rutgers, Eases Concerns Heading Into TCU


Managing Editor Terry Johnson reacts to Ohio State’s landslide victory over Rutgers


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The Ohio State Buckeyes throttled Rutgers 52-3, easing any concerns that the team might have had heading into a crucial non-conference showdown with TCU next week.

Make no mistake about it: OSU controlled this game from the opening whistle. The Buckeyes got on the scoreboard just five minutes into the game on a 38-yard strike from Dwayne Haskins to Johnie Dixon. The defense dominated the contest from the point on, forcing Rutgers into three-and-outs on four of the next five possessions. By the time the Scarlet Knights mounted a drive of longer than 20 yards, it resulted in an interception.

Even most cynical Buckeye fan couldn’t argue with those results.

So, what does this landslide victory mean for Ohio State going forward?

Quiet frankly, it alleviates any concerns about the Buckeyes “neutral site” game with TCU next week. After giving up almost 400 yards against Oregon State last week, the OSU D limited Rutgers to just 134 yards total offense. The front four owned the line of scrimmage, holding the Knights to just 65 yards on 22 carries.

That’s 10 yards fewer than Artavis Pierce rumbled for on his first TD run last week.

It’s also a great sign heading into a key matchup against a physical TCU ground game that averages 238 yards per contest.

While the defense deserves a lot of the credit for the win, it’s difficult to ignore how well the Buckeyes threw the ball against Rutgers. Remember, the reason that many in the media listed Ohio State lower in the rankings was because they didn’t know how well the Buckeyes could throw with all-time leading passer J.T. Barrett heading to the NFL.

None of these so-called experts will question Ohio State’s ability to throw the ball now. Despite playing in wet conditions, the Buckeye quarterbacks were virtually perfect against Rutgers. Haskins went 20-for-23 for 233 yards and four touchdowns. Backup Tate Martell was every bit as impressive, connecting on all ten of his throws for 121 yards — including his first passing touchdown as a Buckeye.

In all, Ohio State passers connected on 30 of 33 attempts for an average of 10.7 yards per attempt. It’s hard enough to do that against air, let alone a defense coached by Chris Ash.

Combining the precision passing and the penetrating defense together, it’s hard not to be excited about next weekend’s contest with TCU. If — and it’s a big if because the Horned Frogs have a great team — OSU gets a win there, it’s time for the voters to put them at No. 1.

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