Sept. 25, 2017
#11 Ohio State vs. Rutgers
Saturday, September 30th, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
High Point Solutions Stadum (52,454), Piscataway, N.J.
Kevin Kugler (Play-By-Play)
Matt Millen (Analyst)
Lisa Byington (Sideline)
COLUMBUS, Ohio — After closing out a three-game homestand by defeating UNLV, 54-21, last weekend, the Buckeyes take to the road Saturday night and return to Big Ten play with a matchup at Rutgers. The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights kick off in High Point Solutions Stadium at 7:30 p.m. live on BTN with Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen and Lisa Byington on the call.
Ohio State is coming off one of its most complete efforts offensively, racking up 664 yards of total offense — including a school record 474 through the air — in the victory over UNLV. In less than a half of action, senior QB J.T. Barrett threw for 209 yards and five touchdowns. He moved into second place on Ohio State’s all-time passing yardage list. A Big Ten-record seven different receivers caught touchdown passes and both Parris Campell (three receptions, 102 yards) and C.J. Saunders (six receptions, 105 yards) eclipsed the 100-yard mark.
Rutgers is 1-3 this season following its 27-17 loss at Nebraska last Saturday. The Scarlet Knights played No. 8 Washington tough in their season opener, falling to the Huskies 30- 14 despite leading for much of the fi rst half. Rutgers is led by former Buckeye co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash, who spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons in Columbus before taking over at Rutgers prior to the 2016 season.
Ohio State is 3-0 all-time against Rutgers with wins in 2014(56-17), 2015 at Rutgers (49-7) and last year (58-0). Ohio State’sroster includes two from New Jersey: SAF Jordan Fuller and OL Kevin Feder. Fuller, who has started all four games this year,went to Old Tappan H.S. while Feder attended Don Bosco Prep. Thetrio of J.T. Barrett, Dwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow compiled 474 yards passing last week vs. UNLV, asingle game school record eclipsing the 459 yards set in 1997 vs.Penn State. A total of 13 true freshmen played in last week’s winover UNLV, which came before a crowd of 106,187, the 16th most inOhio Stadium history. The Buckeyes’ defense registered 13tackles-for-loss vs. UNLV, the most in a game since they also had13 against Michigan in 2008. C.J. Saunders and Parris Campbell were the fi rst teammates to record 100-yardreceiving games in the same game since Santonio Holmes and Ted GinnJr. in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame. Urban Meyer’s OhioState teams have scored 50 or more points 20 times and they rankthird nationally since 2012 in total points scored (2,888) and inpoints per game (40.7) Two-time Big Ten Freshman of the WeekJ.K. Dobbins is No. 6 nationally with 520 yards rushing and No.13 in yards per carry (7.5).
Rutgers is 1-3 this season with losses to No. 8 Washington, Eastern Michigan and Nebraska with a win over Morgan State.
Kyle Bolin, a transfer from Louisville, has started all four games at quarterback and is throwing for just over 160 yards per game. His favorite target is Jerome Washington, who has hauled in 15 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, two running backs — Gus Edwards and Robert Martin — have gotten the majority of the carries. Martin leads with a 4.6 yards per carry average while Edwards has the most attempts (62) and yards (270).
Wide receiver/kick returner Janarion Grant is one of the most dangerous players in the country and is the Scarlet Knights’ all-time kickoff return yardage leader. A 2015 All-Big Ten performer, Grant had 1,583 all-purpose yards as a junior in 2015 before an injury cost him the balance of the 2016 season.
Rutgers’ defense is allowing less than 300 yards per game and four diff erent players have recorded 20 or more tackles thus far.