Bar­rett shares glory with Dob­bins, de­fense

The Columbus Dispatch - - Ohio State/ Army - By Tim May tmay@dis­patch.com @TIM_MAYs­ports

Ohio State quar­ter­back J.T. Bar­rett went past Pur­due leg­end Drew Brees’ Big Ten ca­reer record of touch­downs re­spon­si­ble for by adding three Satur­day, in­creas­ing his to­tal to 107, in­clud­ing a run and TD passes to Terry McLau­rin and Austin Mack.

Fresh­man run­ning back J.K. Dob­bins set the crowd at Ohio Sta­dium buzzing with his rol­lick­ing start to the sec­ond half, a 22-yard carry fol­lowed by a 52-yarder to the end zone. The Buck­eyes' de­fense gave up one drive of note, and it was a 99-yarder for a TD. Oth­er­wise, it con­trolled Army’s triple-op­tion of­fense.

Out­stand­ing per­form­ers

Dob­bins gained 172 yards on 13 car­ries and scored two touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 2-yard rip at the end of a 13-play, 94-yard drive in the first quar­ter. Bar­rett ran 5 yards for a first-quar­ter score while rush­ing for 32 yards over­all. He was 25-of-33 pass­ing for 270 yards and two TDs. Tuf Bor­land re­placed in­jured line­backer Chris Wor­ley in the sec­ond quar­ter and had 12 tack­les.

Un­sung work­ers

Tracy Sprin­kle, Robert Lan­ders, Dre’Mont Jones and Jashon Cor­nell did the grunt work on the in­side of the de­fense against the op­tion, the work tough­ened by the phys­i­cal runs of full­back Dar­nell Wool­folk. The Buck­eyes played five de­fen­sive backs all game, which meant the first ex­tended play­ing time for safety Erick Smith. He ex­celled on a pass breakup at the goal line in the first half. Line­backer Jerome Baker was a ma­jor pres­ence, too, at­tack­ing in­side and out. Strate­gi­cally speak­ing

Of­fen­sively, Ohio State at­tacked the edges and took a cou­ple of shots down­field, but it based a lot of its work on run­ning in­side with Dob­bins and oc­ca­sional op­tion keep­ers by Bar­rett or op­tion pitches to the out­side. In other words, the Buck­eyes gave the Black Knights a bit of their own medicine and things loos­ened in the ranks in the sec­ond half. De­fen­sively, the Buck­eyes used three safeties — Smith, Da­mon Webb and Jor­dan Fuller — along with two cor­ner­backs and two lineback­ers to pro­vide cloud cover against the Army at­tack.

Ex­posed

Some might say the run de­fense, but Army runs the op­tion so well that it’s go­ing to gain yards against most teams. Con­sid­er­ing 99 of Army’s 278 to­tal yards came on one drive, it was a great day with an as­ter­isk for the de­fense.

Stat that mat­ters

30: First downs for Ohio State, com­pared with 16 for Army. For the Black Knights to have had a chance, those num­bers had to be re­versed.

In­jury re­port

Wor­ley limped off af­ter get­ting cut-blocked late in Army’s first half 99-yard TD drive and did not re­turn. He was re­placed by Bor­land.

By the num­bers

8.5: Yards Ohio State av­er­aged per play

2: Com­ple­tions (out of eight at­tempts) that Army had pass­ing

Look­ing ahead

The Buck­eyes host UNLV on Satur­day, the same team that was up­set 43-40 by Howard in the sea­son opener. The Rebels bounced back to beat Idaho be­fore tak­ing Satur­day off. Ohio State will be a pro­hib­i­tive fa­vorite, which means poll vot­ers and the like won’t be watch­ing to see how, just check­ing the score to see how much.

[ADAM CAIRNS/DIS­PATCH]

Ohio State safety Erick Smith, left, and de­fen­sive line­man Dre’Mont Jones up­end Army run­ning back John Trainor dur­ing the fourth quar­ter. Smith helped pa­trol the sec­ondary while Jones was a force in clog­ging the mid­dle for the de­fense.

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