The game at hand

The Columbus Dispatch - - Ohio State/ Army - TODD JONES

Short-at­ten­tion-span syn­op­sis: No flag plant. No need for Bar­rett piñata. J.T., J.K., K.J. Show. Patch up wound Sooner than later: Mis­sion ac­com­plished. Pregame buzz: A nar­ra­tive about the first-ever game against the sto­ried Black Knights was buried in the ra­dioac­tive angst pile left over from the Ok­la­homa melt­down. With all due re­spect to Army, and the Black Knights de­serve all re­spect pos­si­ble, this baby was all about the Bucks and Bar­rett bounc­ing back.

The $70 ques­tion: Fans paid $120 less than they did for the pre­vi­ous week’s fi­asco, and they got to cheer in­stead of jeer. Well, at least they did af­ter wak­ing up from Army’s 99-yard scor­ing drive, which lasted longer than "War and Peace." What it lacked in thrills, it made up for in class be­tween op­po­nents and a much-needed win to calm lo­cal nerves.

One-liner: Best cure for a loss: Aaaar­rrrrmy train­ing, sir.

Just won­der­ing: Six days of public bash­ing doesn’t rat­tle Bar­rett. In­stead of lash­ing back, the OSU se­nior quar­ter­back lets his stats an­swer crit­ics: 25 of 33 pass­ing for 270 yards and two touch­downs and 32 yards rush­ing with a score. He’s now 28-5 and holds the Big Ten record by ac­count­ing for 107 touch­downs. Dude must do daily yoga in a room lit by can­dles.

[ADAM CAIRNS/DIS­PATCH]

Ohio State head coach Ur­ban Meyer and his team sing “Car­men Ohio” be­side U.S. Mil­i­tary Acad­emy se­nior Jason Hug of Bryan, Ohio, af­ter the Buck­eyes’ 38-7 vic­tory over Army in Ohio Sta­dium.

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