When you break a school record, I have a hard time not giving you player of the game. J.T. Barrett threw four touchdown passes for the second game in a row as he passed Bobby Hoying on the all time touchdown pass list in program history. Not only did he throw four touchdown passes to four different receivers, he added 46 yards on the ground and executed one of the more crisply executed two minute drills you will ever see, finding Curtis Samuel in the front corner of the south end zone for a score with 11 seconds remaining in the first half. Honorable mention goes to Mike Weber, who is well on his way to a 1,000 yard rushing season.
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Despite J.T. Barrett having a record-setting game, I am going to have to give my Buckeye Leaf to Mike Weber. On just 14 carries, he had 144 rushing yards and a touchdown. And he only played a few minutes into the third quarter to boot. He had one run of 49 yards late in the first quarter in which he eventually got tracked down by a Rutgers defender. Going forward, I would like to see him kick it into that next gear and take it all the way for six. Other than that, he had an outstanding and efficient day.
When a team out-gaines its opponent 669-116 and wins 58-0, it's pretty hard to single out one player. Running back Mike Weber had a huge game (144 yards) for the Buckeyes. Robert Landers was a stud on defense. But this week my Buckeye Leaf goes out to the guy who cemented his place in Ohio State history – again. Junior quarterback J.T. Barrett started poorly and missed a couple throws, but he ended up having a great game with 238 yards and four touchdowns through the air plus another 46 yards rushing. But the most important thing he did was throw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Baugh. It was Barrett's 58th scoring strike as a Buckeye, making him the all-time leader for the program. Not bad for a guy with just 21 starts under his belt.