Ohio State rides passing game to rout of UNLV

1:49 p.m Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 Journal-News Sports

The No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes set a Big Ten record with seven touchdown catches by seven different receivers in a 54-21 rout of UNLV on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

Star of the game: J.T. Barrett threw all but one of the touchdown passes in the first half, falling one touchdown short of tying his own school record for touchdown passes in a game.

Barrett didn’t play the last series of the half and didn’t return to the game in the second half with Ohio State leading 44-7 at halftime. He completed 12 of 17 passes for 209 yards. He passed Bobby Hoying to move into second place in Ohio State history in career passing yards.

Big picture: The Buckeyes (3-1) did what they had to do the last two weeks against big underdogs: win and win big. They routed Army 38-7 and then UNLV after losing at home to Oklahoma. They begin a stretch of eight straight Big Ten games on Sept. 30 at Rutgers. They return home the following week with a home game against Maryland.

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Key stat: The Buckeyes completed all three of their fourth-down attempts in the first half.

Big play: Parris Campbell turned a short pass into a 69-yard touchdown, the first of the game. He led Ohio State with three catches for 105 yards.

Dobbins’ day: Freshman J.K. Dobbins rushed 14 times for 95 yards with a long run of 25.

Defensive gems: Dre’Mont Jones tackled UNLV running back Lexington Thomas in the end zone for a safety to give Ohio State a 16-0 lead. Damon Webb and Damon Arnette each had interceptions in the first half.

Career firsts: Redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins threw his first career touchdown pass on the last drive of the half, finding walk-on wide receiver C.J. Saunders for a 28-yard touchdown pass. It was the first career reception for Saunders.

Tight end Rashod Berry also scored his first career touchdown on a 38-yard pass from Haskins.

Worst play: Haskins threw an interception in the fourth quarter that Javin White returned 65 yards for a touchdown.

Injury note: Wayne grad Robert Landers didn’t play. He watched the game from the bench with a walking boot on his left foot.