The talk all week was whether Rutgers Coach Chris Ash, a former Ohio State assistant, could take advantage of his familiarity with the Buckeyes’ defense.
The answer: Forget about it.
The stifling Ohio State defense overwhelmed the Scarlet Knights on the way to methodical 58-0 dismantling Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
J. T. Barrett broke the team record for career touchdown passes with the third of his four scoring tosses, and the surging Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) gave Ash a rude welcome in his return to Ohio Stadium.
“They smothered us,” said Ash, who spent the previous two seasons as a co-defensive coordinator for the Buckeyes.
No. 2 Ohio State’s superb defense never allowed the Scarlet Knights (2-3, 0-2) to penetrate deeper than the Ohio State 38-yard line. The Buckeyes sacked quarterback Chris Laviano three times and allowed just 33 passing yards. They forced Rutgers to punt on each of its 10 drives that did not end a half.
Ash was asked if the…