Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is picking apart the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Columbus. During the first half of the Big Ten clash, the junior quarterback threw his 58th career touchdown pass in scarlet and gray, the most by any Buckeye gunslinger in program history.
Barrett and the Buckeyes walked into the locker room with a commanding 30-o lead over the Scarlet Knights. Ohio State’s leader finished the first half with 173 yards on 16-of-23 passing, all four Buckeye touchdowns courtesy of passing scores from Barrett.
It took a bit for the Ohio State to start gelling but they got on the board in the first half when Barrett connected with Dontre Wilson for an 18-yard strike to open up the scoring. In the second frame, the quarterback hooked up with another of his pass catchers. He found Terry McLaurin on a 14-yard flag route in the back of the endzone – the first of McLaurin’s career – and Barrett later found Marcus Baugh for a 16-yard score.
The half was topped off emphatically by the junior, who sealed the lid on an offensive explosion with a five-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Samuel.
There are a number of quarterbacks that have garnered interest in both the preseason and throughout the first month of the season, a la Clemson’s DeShaun Watson, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, as well as Cal’s Davis Webb. Should Barrett continue lighting it up into the heart of the season, he could be a potential Heisman Trophy finalist when it is all said and done.