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Rutgers runs into buzzsaw at Ohio State in 52-3 loss



Justin Davidovicz got Rutgers on the board with a 41-yard FG

No. 4 OHIO STATE 52 (2-0, 1-0), RUTGERS 3 (1-1, 0-1)

SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 • ATTENDANCE: 93,057



COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rutgers football (1-1, 0-1) dropped its Big Ten Conference opener to No. 4 Ohio State (2-0, 1-0), 52-3, Saturday afternoon in Columbus.

Senior linebacker Trevor Morris led the Scarlet Knight defense with 11 tackles, including 10 solo stops, a sack and a tackle-for-loss. Redshirt sophomore defensive end Elorm Lumor also contributed a sack, while sophomore Justin Davidovicz notched his first-career field goal, a 41-yard attempt in the third quarter. Sophomore running back Raheem Blackshear added 43 total yards in the loss.



Rutgers will head back on the road to face Kansas on Sept. 15. The Scarlet Knights won the only other matchup in Piscataway in 2015.




Ohio State 52 Rutgers 3 (Buckeyes Game Notes)



No. 4 Ohio State 52, Rutgers 3
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 93,057

Ohio State Football Postgame Notes

• With today’s win, Ohio State became the second FBS program to reach 900 all-time victories. It is now 900-324-53 in its 129th season.
• Ohio State improved to 22-2 over the last seven years in the month of September.
• After scoring on its first five offensive possessions last week against Oregon State, Ohio State scored on five of its first six against the Scarlet Knights.
• The Buckeyes completed 30-of-33 passes for a .909 completion percentage. The percentage ties for the second-best single-game team completion percentage in program history (minimum 8 attempts). Ohio State completed 10-of-11 passes against UCLA in 1961 and all eight passes at Iowa in 1975.
• In the first quarter of the last two games, Dwayne Haskins is 18-of-21 for 221 yards and four touchdowns.
• Luke Farrell’s nine-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was the first touchdown catch of his career.
• Tate Martell’s 51-yard touchdown pass to Terry McLaurin in the second quarter marked his first-career touchdown pass. Martell added his first rushing touchdown later in the game, a 47-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.
• The Buckeyes outgained the Scarlet Knights 310-45 in the first half.
• The game marked Johnnie Dixon’s fourth two-touchdown game of his career, two of which have come against Rutgers. Dixon in the last two games vs. Rutgers has seven receptions, 204 yards and four touchdowns. His touchdown receptions have been of 70, 44, 39 and 38 yards.
• Kendall Sheffield and Shaun Wade each notched their first-career interception.
• Nick Bosa tied his career high with three tackles-for-loss, first set vs. UNLV last year.


Chris Ash, former OSU defensive coordinator and Rutgers head coach sees team finally score against Buckeyes in loss; press conference transcript




Chris Ash 0-3 vs. Buckeyes (courtesy Rutgers)


Opening statement….

I’ll go ahead and start. Obviously we ran into a really good football team today. We give them a lot of credit. When you play teams like this, especially on the road, the margin for error is very, very small. We made a lot of mistakes. They took advantage of those mistakes, capitalized on them, and you just can’t do that against good teams. It was disappointing, we were hoping we could come and play a better football game, but we didn’t. We’ll get back home, review the tape and move on and get ready for our game against Kansas next week. With that, I will open it up for questions.


Did your guys let (Nick) Bosa be one on one too many times…

He’s a pretty good player and that’s what happens. We had ways to try to protect him. He is one of the top players in the country, regardless of position and we had a plan to try and protect him but he still is a great player. He made some plays. It is what it is.


They are a good team. I don’t care if you have a freshman or seniors at cornerback, they are a good football team. Top to bottom they are one of the best teams in the country, that is why they are in the top-5 in the country. When you can’t generate a pass rush, it’s going to be really hard to play good pass defense and then when you make some mistakes in coverage on top of that, it makes it even worse. We have to find a way against teams like this, thankfully we are still going to play a lot of good teams, but you know this is one of the better teams we are going to face, it is every year. And when we do have them, we have to find a better way to generate some pass rush, we tried to press, we played off and none of it worked today. Again, if we can’t put pressure on the quarterback then it is going to be hard to play pass defense.


What did you learn about your team…

I love our team. It didn’t work out like I had hoped. We have season goals that we set at the beginning of the season, all of those goals are still out there. We need to learn from our mistakes and get better. I need to get better, we need to coach better, we need to play better, and we need to move onto next week. We’re going to go on the road again, and we need to get ready to play Kansas.




OSU backup QB Tate Martell showing he belongs in the mix going 10-10 for 21 yards and 1 TD; press conference transcript



Tate Martell is showing that the OSU offense is in capable hands when he is in the game (photo by Stuart Mason)


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Tate Martell.

Q. Tate, I guess, first of all, how did it feel to be finally out in the stadium and show people what you can do with that long touchdown run and that long ball to Terry?
TATE MARTELL: I’ve been waiting for quite some time now ever since, I think, really the end of my senior year, after redshirting last year, it was just fun getting out there.

Q. What’s your understanding, I guess, of your role right now? Obviously you play when the game is out of hand in in the second half, but they also get you in in the first half with the first teamers. Are you like — is this a package? Are you part of the plan, or are you just getting in when the game’s a little out of hand?
TATE MARTELL: I feel Coach Day is going to put me in the best situation when I go out there. And whenever that is, that’s really up to him. I feel they know how to use me and whatever they do is what they do.

Q. How much do you feel like today shows that you and Dwayne can complement each other with the way you’re able to run the ball in addition to how you both threw the ball?
TATE MARTELL: I just want to go out there and just play. That’s just how I go out there. I’ve improved a ton as a passer. And I want to be able to go out there and show that, and I just went out there and made plays with my legs when I had to. And obviously Dwayne is our starter. That’s how it is. And I’ll be there if something goes wrong. Whatever, whatever goes on with the coaches, whatever they want to do.

Q. Fourth quarter, how did you bounce back from that, able to come up so quickly and score a touchdown?
TATE MARTELL: When I took the shot — I wasn’t really ready for it, obviously. And then I got knocked on my back. And I started getting over, and I started like kind of crawling because I couldn’t breathe, but I knew I wanted to get back up.

As soon as I could breathe, I was like, all right, let me up, I got to go back over there, make plays. So that’s what happened.

Q. Did you think that was a cheap shot?
TATE MARTELL: He saw me going out of bounds. But I just wanted to make sure I got back up, was able to go play.

Q. Can you give us an honest assessment, personal assessment of where you are as a passer in your mind?
TATE MARTELL: I mean, I guess I just gotta go see after watching this game. That was the first time I really got to go out there and throw the ball and throw in rhythm. I know what I’m doing when I’m out there, which is a huge difference than what it was last year, when I was going out, like in practice, I was kind of second-guessing myself, where this year I know exactly what I’m doing. I know protection and stuff like that, and just a whole different ballgame now. I mean for me at least.

Q. Tate, on the long ball, you could have easily run for the first down. Did you kind of give him a glimpse and say I could get it there?
TATE MARTELL: So on that play, I knew — I kind of saw Terry running with him. Then I saw him get a little separation. And that was my only play so I could go — kind of like pressed up a little bit. And he was running past him. But I felt the rush was coming behind, so I had to step up kind of fast and I just knew I was letting it fly.

Q. What did that do for your confidence swag as a Buckeye quarterback?
TATE MARTELL: It was cool going out there with the 1s and getting my first college touchdown. It was really cool.

Q. Tate, how much was that touchdown run, though, a little bit of a feeling of touché for what happened on the sidelines a few plays earlier? Do you ever have those kind of thoughts in your mind?
TATE MARTELL: It wasn’t going through my head when I was running the ball. I was just going out there and playing.

Q. Did you think of touché?
TATE MARTELL: I’m just going out there and playing, to be honest. I’m just happy to be out there finally and going out there and getting back on the field.

Q. What would you rather do, score throwing the ball or running?
TATE MARTELL: Definitely passing the ball.

Q. Which one felt better today?
TATE MARTELL: Passing the ball to Terry.



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