Buckeyes "Black Out" Penn State, 38-10
In its first ever "Black Out The Shoe" night in Columbus, the Ohio State Buckeyes took the theme and (literally) ran with it as they defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 38-10 in front of a crowd wearing almost all black. It truly was a site to behold, the complete opposite of the Lions now famous "white outs" in Happy Valley.
While Cardale Jones (9-of-15 for 84 yards passing) was once again the starter, the night belonged to "red zone specialist" J.T. Barrett, who scored 3 touchdowns and threw one to Braxton Miller on the "Tebow leap" pass at the 2 yard line. Barrett went 4-of-4 for 30 yards passing with another touchdown to Michael Thomas but it was his 102 yards rushing and 2 rushing touchdowns in the red zone made him the better choice over Jones. Ezekiel Elliot once again was amazingly solid, with 153 yards rushing and a touchdown.
The defense, led by Joey Bosa, dominated Penn State more often then not. While there were some solid runs by Saquon Barkley, who ran for 194 yards, they were able to keep Christian Hackenberg in check, with him going 7-of-13 for 120 yards. He was sacked 5 times, with one of them seeming to injure his leg.
My take: Another dominating performance by the Buckeyes during a very cool "black out" at the Horseshoe. That said, J.T. Barrett needs to be the starter from here on out. The offense seems to run better with him behind center. Nothing against Cardale Jones and his arm but Barrett's legs and quick thinking seem to be what the Buckeyes need.
Players of the game: J.T. Barrett, Ezekiel Elliot both get this honor for their hard work on offense.
Turning point: Every time J.T. Barrett got in to the game, the Buckeyes scored.
Next game: Another 8 PM game against Rutgers on ABC