Buck­eyes bounce back with rout of Army

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - UW REPLAY - MITCH STACY

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fresh­man J.K. Dob­bins ran for 172 yards and a pair of touch­downs as No. 9 Ohio State re­bounded from a de­flat­ing loss to rout Army 38-7 on Saturday.

Dob­bins broke away for an elec­tri­fy­ing 52-yard touch­down run to open the sec­ond half af­ter romp­ing for 22 yards on the pre­vi­ous play, ex­tend­ing Ohio State’s 17-7 half­time lead. The Buck­eyes (2-1, No. 8 in AP) then got touch­downs on two of their next three drives to pull away.

“He’s a per­fect tail­back,” Ohio State coach Ur­ban Meyer said of the young­ster, who rushed for 181 yards in the sea­son opener at In­di­ana. “He’s the space player we need.”

J.T. Bar­rett, the tar­get this week of crit­ics who sug­gested he should be benched af­ter the 31-16 loss to Ok­la­homa , was 25 for 33 for 270 yards and two touch­downs, al­beit against a less-tal­ented de­fense than last week.

He looked es­pe­cially slick on a drive in the third quar­ter when he hit tight end Mar­cus Baugh for 31 yards, then threw a per­fect 20-yard scor­ing strike on a post route to Terry McLau­rin in the end zone. That score gave him 106 touch­downs re­spon­si­ble for in his ca­reer, ty­ing him for the all-time Big Ten lead with Pur­due’s Drew Brees. He broke the record on the next pos­ses­sion when he tossed a 9-yard scor­ing pass to Austin Mack.

“The heart of a lion,” Meyer said of his quar­ter­back. “He’s one of the tough­est play­ers I’ve ever been around, so that’s pretty good char­ac­ter­is­tics to have for the guy touch­ing the ball every snap.”

Army’s triple-op­tion threw off the Buck­eyes at times and ex­tended some drives, but OSU’s ath­letic de­fen­sive ends kept it mostly con­tained. The out­manned Black Knights (2-1) com­piled 278 of­fen­sive yards but didn’t score af­ter a 3-yard Dar­nell Wool­folk touch­down run in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“They out­played us and out­coached us,” Army coach Jeff Monken said. “For the first 30 min­utes I thought we were slug­ging it pretty good, and there were times in the sec­ond half we were play­ing re­ally good foot­ball, but you got to play that way for 60 min­utes.”

THE TAKE­AWAY: Army–The Black Knights looked re­spectable in the first half, but couldn’t run with the Buck­eyes in the sec­ond.

Ohio State–Af­ter drop­ping the big one to Ok­la­homa last week, the Buck­eyes took care of busi­ness against an out­gunned team.

POLL IMPLICATIONS: Ohio State– Prob­a­bly won’t move much af­ter dom­i­nat­ing in a game it was sup­posed to dom­i­nate. UP NEXT: Ohio State–Gets an­other tuneup game at home against UNLV.

AP

Ohio State quar­ter­back J.T. Bar­rett scores a touch­down past Army de­fen­sive back Jay­lon McClin­ton on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Bar­rett was 25 for 33 for 270 yards and two scores.

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