Quarterback Gary Nova, sacked four times and guilty for one interception, could not get the offense going.
"It's tough," Nova said. "Nobody is walking out of here feeling good at all. But we have practice tomorrow and we've got to move on."
On the other side, Rutgers had no answer for the dual-threat attack of red-shirt freshman J.T. Barrett. The Ohio State quarterback picked Rutgers apart through the air (247 yards and three touchdowns) and with his feet (107 yards and two touchdowns.
The result was frustration.
"When it gets like that, on tape, you want to look at effort and see how hard guys are playing," said defensive end David Milewski. "This game is not going to define us as a team. There's no way. We just need to make sure that we're throwing punches until the end of the game. That's the most important thing to see. We'll see on film who the guys were that were playing hard. I could beat any team with those kinds of players."
Both captains broke it down in the locker room, and addressed the need to hold players accountable if things are going to get fixed.