Barrett Totals 4 TDS in 38-10 Blowout of Penn State

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Photo used courtesy of: mjurn. (CC) Some rights reserved

 

The #1 Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) had a much better performance last night as they handled Penn State (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) 38-10. The Buckeyes debuted some very sharp black alternates, which goes against the traditional scarlet and grey uniforms. The helmets were flat black with glossy-red buckeye stickers. But enough about the fashion statement.

J.T. Barrett made his case (again) to be the starter in Columbus. The offense moves smoother and has more life to it when he’s under center. Granted, Cardale Jones (9-15, 84 Yds) gets the Buckeyes into the red zone, but it’s been Barrett that’s been producing the points in the past two weeks. Last night, Barrett went 4-4 for 30 yards and two touchdowns through the air while rushing 11 times for 102 yards and two more scores.

Heisman hopeful Ezekiel Elliot recorded his 10th straight 100-yard game by rushing for 153 yards on 27 carries with a touchdown. The Buckeyes as a team rushed for 315 yards and only passed for 114 yards. Michael Thomas caught three passes for only 34 yards and a score; Braxton Miller rushed four times for 30 yards and caught four passes for 33 yards and a touchdown. The 315 yards marks the third time Penn State has given up 300 yards or more in school history. All three times were thanks to the Buckeyes.

Defensively, the Buckeyes terrorized Christian Hackenberg and the Nittany Lion offense….for the most part. Joey Bosa finally recorded his first full sack and had three tackles for a loss; Adolphus Washington recorded two sacks. Hackenberg, a projected first round pick, completed 7 of 13 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in one of his better performances this season with this terrible offensive line. The alarming part though was true freshman Saquon Barkley doing his best Ezekiel Elliot impression. He ran for 194 yards on 26 carries, causing Buckeye fans once again to lose their minds about this swiss cheese, Luke Fickell defense.

Final Thoughts

Remember that little debate we all had about who’s better: Cardale or J.T.? Most of us thought Cardale because of what he did to Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon, which is a great case for him to be starter. One thing we didn’t think about though? Teams would have enough on film on him to prepare to face him this year. The same can be said against Barrett, but Cardale is one dimensional. This offense requires a multi-dimensional quarterback and Barrett fits that role. It’s nice to have a 6’5″, 250lb quarterback firing the ball down the field, and that would be great at the next level. But this isn’t the next level. This is college ball, and Barrett not only fits this system extremely well, he also brings up the level of play of the offense. All five Ohio State touchdowns came on Barrett’s watch. I’d strongly advise the Ohio State coaching staff to seriously consider naming Barrett the starter from here on out.

And one more thing….how ’bout them Wolverines huh? What a way to lose a game. And Mark May, the Buckeyes are still making you look silly buddy.

Up Next: 10/24 at Rutgers (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten), 8pm

Game Ball: J.T. Barrett (4-4, 30 Yds, 2 TD & 11 Car, 102 Yds, 2 TD)

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Hello everyone. My name is Raymond Bosak and I live in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a die-hard Cleveland fan, and have been my entire life. I am looking forward to bringing you some excellent Browns, Buckeyes, and Indians coverage, and maybe some Cavs things too. Everything I write will be honest and upfront. I’ll aim to have a couple articles per week, including some game previews and reviews, 5 things to watch for, and game ball and game MVP(s).

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