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Former Nittany Lion Larry Johnson fully invested in Ohio State

October 20, 2014
As the Ohio State Buckeyes prepare to return to State College, Pa,. for the first time since 2012, one particular OSU coach is returning to a place he called home for nearly two decades. OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson is set to return to Beaver Stadium for the first time since leaving Penn State for a job with the Buckeyes in January. After nearly 20 years as a Nittany Lion assistant, Johnson said returning to Beaver Stadium will be an unusual experience. “It will be different. First time. You spend 18 years at one place for a long time, then you walk back in there, different sideline, place you’ve… Read more

From class clowns to the ‘class president,’ Ohio State’s wide receivers are a tight-knit group

October 20, 2014
More than any other position group in football, wide receivers have a reputation for being divas. At Ohio State, that reputation might not be lost when stepping into wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s room. “We definitely have divas, yes, we have divas,” redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall said Monday. “I can’t tell you their names ‘cause they’re my brothers, but we have divas in the wide receiver room.” But earlier on Monday, Smith rejected the idea of there being any divas in the room. “Certainly not here,” he said. “That’s elsewhere, everywhere else.” But for the Buckeyes — while that diva attitude might be present depending who you ask — the… Read more

Opinion: State of Mississippi dictating college football landscape

October 20, 2014
With all due respect to Buckeye nation, college football lives in the Magnolia State in 2014. The newest Associated Press Top 25 Poll shows that the state of Mississippi holds all the cards in the first-ever College Football Playoff. The Mississippi State Bulldogs remain No. 1 in the poll after making a meteoric rise to the top. The Bulldogs became the first team in the AP Poll’s history to go from unranked to No. 1 in five weeks. Their rivals from Oxford, Miss., are the only team that can match Mississippi State’s impressive résumé, consisting of wins against three top-10 opponents. Ole Miss stands at No. 3 in the country… Read more

Despite offensive explosion, Urban Meyer believes Buckeyes can play better

October 20, 2014
Following a 56-17 shellacking of Rutgers on Saturday, the Ohio State football team is looking ahead to its next challenge, a night game in State College, Pa., against Penn State. The Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) are set to play just their second true road game of the season against the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2). OSU coach Urban Meyer met with the media Monday to discuss the upcoming game and recap the Rutgers win. Meyer made a point to thank the OSU fans for continuing to come out in big numbers. Ohio Stadium ranks first in the country in average attendance thus far in 2014. Meyer said he was pleased with the… Read more

J.T. Barrett picks up 2 more Big Ten weekly awards

October 20, 2014
Fresh off a 56-17 shellacking of Rutgers, Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett picked up his fifth and sixth Big Ten weekly awards of the season. The redshirt-freshman quarterback from Wichita Falls, Texas, was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the week for the second time and added his fourth Freshman of the Week award of the season. He connected on 19 of 31 pass attempts — including completing his first nine throws — for 261 yards and three touchdowns against the Scarlet Knights. Barrett also led the Buckeyes with 107 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, doing so on just seven carries. Barrett has led the Buckeyes to a 5-1… Read more

Ohio State focuses on improving after 39-point win

October 19, 2014
The question for Ohio State heading into its matchup with Rutgers was simple: Will the momentum still be there? A quick 14-0 start for the No. 13 Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) showed they still had a spark despite two weeks off. In a total team effort, OSU led the Scarlet Knights (5-2, 1-2) in nearly every significant statistical category — save penalties and time of possession — but its coach said there’s still work to be done. “It’s time to, first of all, develop depth,” Urban Meyer said after his team’s 56-17 win. “We could go on and on about the mistakes that were made today. But enjoy the win tonight,… Read more

Ohio State offense ‘executed better’ in win over Rutgers

October 19, 2014
Despite coming off a bye week, the Ohio State offense didn’t skip a beat as it rolled to a 56-17 victory Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes were once again led by redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who completed 19 of 31 passes for 261 yards and three scores, while also leading the team in rushing yards with 107 on just seven carries. Barrett, who was responsible for five total touchdowns in the Buckeye victory, said he thought OSU’s offense has been improving each week. “I felt like we executed better than past weeks,” Barrett said. “But we can still eliminate some mistakes. I put some of that on myself.” On the receiving… Read more

Opinion: 5 takeaways from Ohio State’s win over Rutgers

October 19, 2014
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The Ohio State Buckeyes jumped out to a 35-7 halftime lead Saturday, en route to a 56-17 drubbing of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. And beyond just a victory, the Buckeye offense collected another record-setting performance by racking up more than 500 yards for the fourth straight game. The Lantern sports editors compiled a list of five things we learned from the Buckeye victory. 1. J.T. Barrett could be best in the Big Ten Coming into the season, senior quarterback Braxton Miller and Penn State sophomore gunslinger Christian Hackenberg were thought to be the class of the Big Ten quarterbacks. But eight weeks into the season, Barrett seems to be heads… Read more

Strong defensive performance not overshadowed by big game for Ohio State offense

October 18, 2014
On a day when Ohio Stadium welcomed Big Ten football for the first time in 2014, when the weather was the age-old mixture of cold and gray, it was the familiar sight of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and the Ohio State offense lighting up the scoreboard. But for all the firepower the Buckeyes produced on offense in a 56-17 win against Rutgers, the team’s defense continued to improve during a season that is proving more and more exciting for OSU fans. The same defense that couldn’t get off the field against Virginia Tech over a month ago held Rutgers to 156 offensive yards in the first half and 17 total… Read more

Record-setting offense leads Ohio State past Rutgers, 56-17

October 18, 2014
  The Ohio State football team took a 28-point lead into the half on its way to a 56-17 win against Rutgers in the first-ever matchup between the two schools. The Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) gained 585 yards of total offense while forcing the Scarlet Knights (5-2, 1-2) into six punts and three turnovers Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes’ offensive explosion led to their fourth straight 50-plus point game, which is a school record. OSU also tied a program record with its fourth straight outing with 500 or more total yards on offense. “We’re definitely rolling right now, we’re clicking,” junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said after the game. “Things… Read more