Recap: Ohio State 56, Rutgers 17

Result: Ohio State beat Rutgers 56-17 in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday afternoon.

Need to know:  J.T. Barrett accounted for five touchdowns as, threw for three with 261 yards, and ran for two more as Ohio State rolled past Rutgers.  Ohio State opened up a 14-7 lead with a 21-0 second quarter run to put Rutgers away. Barrett had 107 yards rushing too for Ohio State. For the Scarlet Knights, Gary Nova passed for 192 yards and an interception in the loss. Desmon Peoples had 15 carries for 83 yards. Leonte Caro had 100 yards receiving.

Results: Box | AP Recap

Next up: Rutgers is at Nebraska on Oct. 25.



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Flood: Nova not vindicated

Gary Nova’s 404 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Michigan were far from vindication for the much-maligned Rutgers quarterback.

Nova, who threw five interceptions in a loss to Penn State in the Scarlet Knights’ Big Ten opener in September, was nearly flawless against Michigan on Saturday night. His career-high in passing couldn’t have come at a better time.

Head coach Kyle Flood, who has stood behind Nova for three years, likes his senior quarterbacks toughness.

“I don’t believe in vindication,” Flood said. “I’ve talked to the team about that. You know, after our first loss of the season, I said to them, I said, you know, winning the next week doesn’t make up for it. You have to turn the page. You have to put your eyes forward. I think the team in general has done a good job of that. I think Gary has done an excellent job of that. I think he’s gotten better each week since that performance.

“What I do think that speaks to is how mentally tough he is, because there’s a lot of positions on a football team, but none of them are like being the starting quarterback, and I think he’s handled that position very well. He’s gotten better at it in his career, and I think this year, he’s done an excellent job. And again, coming off a couple weeks ago, what wasn’t a great performance, he’s put together three in a row where he’s gotten better and I’m proud of him for that.”

Nova, who has had his share of criticism for his play, had perhaps his finest moment on Saturday night.

“It’s great. It’s something you remember forever,” Nova said. “That’s the reason you play college football – for moments like that. It feels good because I played well and everybody played well around me. To get this done for Coach Flood and for my team is great. ”

The Scarlet Knights are now 5-1 and will play a gauntlet of games against the best the Big Ten with a game at Ohio State in two weeks.