Buck­eyes bounce back from OU loss with win over Army

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OSU POSTGAME - BY MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer

COLUM­BUS, OHIO — Ohio State des­per­ately needed some pos­i­tive vibes af­ter a de­flat­ing, de­mor­al­iz­ing loss to Ok­la­homa at home a week ago. Over­matched Army was able to help out on Satur­day.

True fresh­man J.K. Dob­bins ran for 172 yards and a pair of touch­downs as No. 8 Ohio State re­bounded to rout the vis­i­tors from West Point 38-7.

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 much less-tal­ented de­fense.

Dob­bins, who rushed for 181 yards in the sea­son opener at In­di­ana, 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) then got touch­downs on two of their next three drives to pull away.

“He’s a per­fect tail­back,” Ohio State coach Ur­ban Meyer said. “He’s the space player we need.”

Bar­rett looked sharper and the play call­ing was more di­verse, as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Kevin Wil­son had promised. The quar­ter­back was es­pe­cially slick on a drive in the third quar­ter when he hit tight end Mar­cus Baugh for 31 yards then, two plays later, threw a per­fect 20-yard scor­ing strike on a post route to Terry McLau­rin in the end zone.

That 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 Bar­rett. “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 line kept it con­tained.

The out­gunned Black Knights (2-1) com­piled 278 of­fen­sive yards but didn’t score af­ter a 3-yard Dar­nell Wool­folk touch­down run in the sec­ond quar­ter.

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