Ohio State-Rutgers | Joey Kaufman’s Three Points

Joey Kaufman
jkaufman@dispatch.com
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) throws the ball to Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave (17) against Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the 1st quarter of their game at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, N.J on November 16, 2019. [Kyle Robertson/Dispatch]

Star of the game

Quarterback Justin Fields showed off his arm, completing 15 of 19 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns, the first time he had surpassed 300 passing yards in his two seasons in college, with 12 of the 15 completions going for at least 10 yards.

Stat that mattered

2: Ohio State’s defense forced two turnovers to end Rutgers’ opening drives, first an interception by cornerback Shaun Wade and then a recovered fumble by safety Jordan Fuller. That allowed the Buckeyes to open with two touchdowns and build an early, comfortable lead.

Big picture

It wasn’t the prettiest effort, and arguably the sloppiest performance by the Buckeyes since their season opener against Florida Atlantic, but they avoided any catastrophic injuries to their star players a week before the final regular-season games against Penn State and Michigan.