THIRD QUARTER

Scoring summary

OSU: Victor 22 pass from Barrett (Nuernberger kick), 8:02. Drive: Eight plays, 80 yards, 2:54. Key plays: McLaurin 28 pass from Barrett for first down at the Rutgers 45; Campbell 11 pass from Barrett for first down at the 34; on first down from the 22, Barrett threw a fade pass left to Victor, who snatched the ball over Hayes at the front corner of the end zone. Ohio State 42, Rutgers 0

Analysis: Starters’ last stand

With mystery about the victory lacking, the second half became a question of how long Ohio State would keep its top dogs on the field. The answer: two series. Starting quarterback J.T. Barrett, having surpassed Art Schlichter’s career passing record during the second quarter, directed two drives in the third quarter, a three-and-out after a Damon Webb interception and an 80-yard scoring drive in which he moved into 10th place on the Big Ten’s career total offense list, passing Iowa quarterback Chuck Long. Barrett actually accounted for 100 yards on the drive after a 30-yard run was followed by two 15-yard post-play penalties by receiver Terry McLaurin. The touchdown came on a well-thrown 22-yard scoring pass to Binjimen Victor, who leaped over cornerback Damon Hayes to make the catch. Rutgers made a concerted effort to dent the scoreboard on its next drive, moving from its 21 to the OSU 20 in seven plays. But QB Kyle Bolin threw incomplete on third down and was stopped a yard short on a fourth-down run to give the Buckeyes possession at their 16. The teams traded punts to finish the quarter. – Ray Stein

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