FOURTH QUARTER

Scoring summary

OSU: McCall 35 pass from Haskins (Nuernberger kick), 13:56. Drive: Five plays, 48 yards, 1:14. Key play: On third-and-9 from the 35, Haskins threw left to McCall on a wheel route, who caught the pass behind Roberts and jetted to the end zone. Ohio State 49, Rutgers 0

OSU: McCall 48 run (Nuernberger kick), 8:06. Drive: Seven plays, 98 yards, 3:23. Key plays: McCall 18 run for first down at the OSU 24; Berry 14 pass from Burrow on third-and-2 from the 32; two plays later, McCall squirted through a hole in the line and had too much speed to be caught. Ohio State 56, Rutgers 0

Analysis: Speed to burn

If there is a canyon in the level of talent between Ohio State’s and Rutgers’ top players, it can be a gulf when fresh reserves take the field. OSU’s Demario McCall proved as much in the fourth quarter. The sophomore running back finished both Ohio State possessions with touchdowns as the Buckeyes increased their lead. He caught a 35-yard scoring pass from Dwayne Haskins to complete the first drive, jetting pass linebacker Deonte Roberts on a route out of the backfield. After forcing another punt – the ninth of the night by Rutgers – McCall took to the ground, helping the Buckeyes move from their 2 to midfield, then delivering the last uppercut with a 48-yard touchdown run with 8:06 remaining. The Scarlet Knights took most of the rest of the time off driving from their 26 to the OSU 14, but Andrew Harte’s 32-yard field-goal attempt banged off the right upright to preserve the Ohio State shutout, much to the delight of the backup defenders on the field. – Ray Stein

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