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Junior quarterback J.T. Barrett set an Ohio State record with seven touchdowns scored and tied the school record with six of them by passes, as the Buckeyes dominated Bowling Green 77-10 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State also set a school record with 776 total yards, breaking the mark of 718 set vs. Mount Union in 1930.
Barrett’s record-setting pass to Dontre Wilson of 11 yards made it 56-10 with 7:35 remaining in the third quarter. It was Barrett’s last play.
Redshirt freshman QB Joe Burrow then got into the act with a 36-yard TD pass to freshman Demario McCall 10 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Barrett broke the mark for TDs responsible for held by Kenny Guiton and Tony Curcillo and equaled the touchdown pass record he and Guiton shared. Barrett also had six TDS vs. Kent State in 2014.
He was 21 of 31 for 349 yards and an interception and rushed for 30 yards on six carries.
His first half included four TDs through the air, another on the ground and for good measure he contributed to a Bowling Green score as the Buckeyes rolled to 35-10 lead before a crowd of 107, 193 at Ohio Stadium.
It was far from a one-man show. Junior hybrid back Curtis Samuel had 261 total yards with three TDs, including one rushing. He ran for 84 yards on 13 carries and caught nine passes for 177.Menawhile, Wilson, the other H, caught two touchdowns.
Also, freshman Mike Weber surpassed 100 yards on his 13th carry early in the third quarter and finished with 136 yards on 19 totes. McCall scored twice, including a 16-yard run to make it 70-10.
Defensively, sophomore safety Malik Hooker had his first two career interceptions and freshman Rodjay Burns went 75 yards on an interception return for a 77-10 score late in the fourth quarter.
BG quarterback James Knapke was 12 for 33 for 110 yards and two interceptions.
The game under sunny skies with a kickoff temperature of 75 degrees did not start well for Barrett.
His interception toss and return gave the Falcons of the Mid-American Conference a 7-0 lead before he hit K.J. Hill, Wilson and Samuel for scores in the first quarter, the latter for 79 yards.
In the second quarter, Barrett connected with Noah Brown then ran in from 9 yards just before the break.
BG stunned the crowd on OSU’s first possession when linebacker Brandon Harris stepped in front of a Barrett pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 12:19 left in the first quarter.
Barrett, on second-and-5 from the BG 41, attempted to hit Terry McLaurin but Harris dropped back in coverage and used a cauldron of blockers to reach the end zone.
It didn’t take long for Barrett to redeem himself – 1 minute, 39 seconds to be exact – to go 72 yards in four plays. Weber started the drive with an 18-yard run in which he ran through cornerback Marcus Milton.
Runs by Weber and Curtis Samuel netted 16 yards but a false start by true freshman left guard Michael Jordan placed the ball at the BG 47. Barrett then found the redshirt freshman Hill down the left side for his first career reception with 10:40 left.
OSU made it 14-7 at the 4:49 mark to go when Wilson took Barrett’s pass at the 5 and ran in to complete a 25-yard scoring play.
Barrett’s third TD pass came with 3:05 left. Samuel was wide open at the OSU 35 and the junior raced untouched 79 yards to make it 21-7. It was the second longest TD pass of Barrett’s career, surpassed by only an 80-yarder to Devin Smith vs. Navy on Aug. 30, 2014.
The Falcons Jake Suder made a 32-yard field goal with 9:37 left in the second quarter to cut the OSU lead to 21-10. The 10-play, 65-yard drive was highlighted was 28-yard run by Fred Coppet.
The Buckeyes went 59 yards in 2:33 to increase the margin to 28-10 with 6:57 to go before the half on 25-yard scoring strike from Barrett to Noah Brown in the right corner.
It was the first touchdown for the sophomore Brown, who missed last season because of a broken leg.
Barrett to Samuel for 21 yards made it 42-10 just 1:15 into the third quarter. Samuel used his legs to go 12 yards with 9:03 left in the quarter for a 49-10.