Defending national champion Ohio State gave Rutgers just enough daylight to make things interesting, but the Scarlet Knights never capitalized.
Rutgers brought the juice in the first quarter but a field goal off the uprights, zero points off of a fumble recovery and an overthrown end-zone shot to Leonte Carroo paved way for an Ohio State blowout.
“We didn't perform very well as a program tonight, and that begins with me,” said Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood. “And really, filters through the entire program. We'll get back to work tomorrow. We've got another very tough opponent on the road in our conference that we'll play next week and we'll get back to work tomorrow.”
Rutgers (3-4, 1-3) brought the electricity for the first 15 minutes, but Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) took over with superior talent and execution.
Quarterback J.T. Barrett shredded Rutgers in the same fashion as last season with five touchdowns and 324 total yards. After Rutgers contained star running back Ezekiel Elliot to 1.6 yards per carry in the first, half, he exploded for 142 and two touchdowns by the end of the game.
“It’s frustrating but you just have to watch the film and move on,” said linebacker Quentin Gause. “We lost to Ohio State last year too, but we bounced back. We’re going to do it again.”