Turnovers on its first two possessions ruined any hopes for Rutgers as Justin Fields threw four touchdown passes to lead No. 2 Ohio State over the Scarlet Knights 56-21 on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.
An interception and a fumble led to a 14-0 lead for Ohio State (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) in the opening 3:36 on an 18-yard run by J.K. Dobbins (89 yards, two touchdowns on 17 carries) and an 11-yard catch by Binjimen Victor for the first of his two TDs.
Fields threw for a career best 305 yards on 15 of 19 completions. He has 31 TDs and one interception this season. Sophomore receiver Chris Olave set a career high with 139 yards on four catches.
Rutgers (2-8, 0-7) had two shining moments in the first half. After Dobbins' 8-yard run made it 21-0, the Scarlet Knights took advantage of a muffed punt return by Garrett Wilson and made it 21-7 late in the first quarter on a 26-yard TD run from Isaih Pacheco.
In the second quarter, Ohio State had third-and-goal from the 1 but Dobbins was stuffed for no gain, then dropped for a 1-yard loss.
Ohio State had a 35-7 halftime lead and Fields quickly extended it to 42-7 with a 14-yard strike to Luke Farrell at 13:33 of the third on the QB's last snap of the game.
Rutgers' Johnny Langan was 12 for 26 for 121 yards, an interception and a 45-yard TD pass to Bo Melton late in the third quarter against the backup secondary to make it 49-14.
Langan had a 1-yard run left with 1:09 in the game for the final score.
The Buckeyes for the second straight game were without suspended defensive end Chase Young for violating NCAA regulations by accepting an illegal loan.
He will be eligible to play at home vs. No. 9 Penn State on Nov. 23.
Rutgers hosts Michigan State on Nov. 23.
--Field Level Media