MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — J.T. Barrett broke the school record for career touchdown passes with the third of his four TD tosses Saturday, No. 2Ohio State’s stifling defense forced Rutgers to punt on each of its 10 drives and the surging Buckeyes romped to a 58-0 victory.
Barrett was 21 for 29 for 238 yards before giving way to backup Joe Burrow near the end of the third quarter. He now has 59 TD passes in 27 career games for Ohio State.
Freshman tailback Mike Weber continued to cement his place in the Ohio State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) backfield, rushing for 144 yards on 14 attempts before also taking a seat in the third quarter. He also scored a touchdown, cutting around the left end and racing untouched for a 46-yard score 2 ½ minutes into the second half.
Ohio State’s superb defense never allowed the Scarlet Knights (2-3, 0-2) to penetrate deeper than the Ohio State 38 yard line. They sacked quarterback Chris Laviano three times.
The Buckeyes piled up 669 yards of total offense against a Rutgers team coached by former Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash.
Rutgers: After playing tough against Iowa in 14-7 loss last week, Ash and the Scarlet Knights showed they will need a talent upgrade to keep up with the Big Ten’s elite teams. It didn’t help that star wide receiver and kick returner Janarion Grant suffered a season-ending injury in the Iowa game.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes took care of business again and blew out an overmatched team. They show no signs of slowing down.
Rutgers: The Scarlets Knights’ rough ride through the conference continues with a night game at home against No. 4 Michigan.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes will be heavily favored again when they play Indiana in another appetizer game next Saturday before the Big Ten main course.
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