Ohio State wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (1) celebrates a touchdown with teammate Parris Campbell during the first half of Saturday's game against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. ASSOCIATED PRESS
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers fired its on-field cannon as the seconds ticked away on the first half, and the brief jolt accounted for all of the excitement given to the home fans Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium.
No. 11 Ohio State buried Rutgers in the second quarter on the way to a 56-0 victory, its fourth consecutive blowout of the Scarlet Knights and third straight win since losing to Oklahoma.
Quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdown passes and running back Mike Weber ran for three scores before both of them, along with the rest of Ohio State’s starting offense, had the night off by the end of the third quarter. FULL STORY ■ NOTEBOOK: BARRETT PASSES SCHLICHTER FOR SCHOOL’S ALL-TIME RECORD ■ NEW JERSEY SOLID RECRUITING GROUND FOR OHIO STATE
BOWLING GREEN — The winless Bowling Green State University football team found itself in a position to win its Mid-American Conference opener Saturday.
The Falcons had the ball early in the fourth quarter and were trailing Akron just 27-23, with plenty of time left on the Doyt Perry Stadium to engineer a game-winning drive.
Then disaster struck Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference opener for both schools.
Quarterback James Morgan, in for injured starter Jarret Doege, threw a pass to the far sideline — right into the hands of Akron’s Kyron Brown, who returned the pick-6 38 yards for a back-breaking touchdown. FULL STORY ■ IN PICTURES ■ NOTEBOOK: SPECIAL TEAMS SHINE FOR FALCONS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Toledo native Joe Tiller, who guided quarterback Drew Brees at Purdue and was the school’s winningest football coach, died Saturday. He was 74.
He died at home of natural causes in Buffalo, Wyoming, the Harness Funeral Home said.
Tiller and Brees carried Purdue to rare heights at a school better known for basketball. Together, they led Tiller’s “basketball on grass” spread offense to the 2000 Big Ten title and 2001 Rose Bowl, where Purdue lost to Washington 34-24. FULL STORY
ANN ARBOR — Diverse is an apt descriptor of J.T. Rogan.
He’s tried out for the NFL, coached college football, worked as a broadcaster, and co-owned a transportation company. In August 2016, Rogan was working for the Pac-12 Network and his transportation business when his former college coach Jim Harbaugh called.
Rogan was riding his bike to Coronado Brewery for happy hour. Harbaugh would occasionally call him, so that wasn’t unusual. This particular conversation began with Rogan asking Harbaugh if he ever considered going for two-point conversions more often. After entertaining the question, Harbaugh asked Rogan if he would be his executive assistant. FULL STORY
Bowling Green's Scott Miller (21) and Hunter Folkertsma force Akron's Jordan George to fumble after George intercepted a Bowling Green pass in the first quarter of Saturday's game. BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH
Purdue head coach Joe Tiller holds up the winning trophy after the Boilermakers beat Central Michigan 51-48 to win the Motor City Bowl in 2008. The coach, a Toledo native, died Saturday. ASSOCIATED PRESS