Baltimore, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett tossed two touchdown strikes as No. 5 Ohio State pulled away in the second half en route to a 34-17 win over Navy Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.
Barrett, who replaced injured starter Braxton Miller, finished 12-for-15 for 226 yards and rushed nine times for 50 yards for the Buckeyes (1-0).
Devin Smith caught two passes for 94 yards and a touchdown, the 19th of his career for the Buckeyes.
With the win, Ohio State extended the nation’s longest regular-season win streak to 25 games. The Buckeyes improved to 5-0 all-time against Navy.
Head coach Urban Meyer is now 13-0 in his career in season openers and 48-4 in games played in August/September.
Keenan Reynolds completed two of four passes for 20 yards and rushed for 42 yards and a score as Navy ran for 370 yards.
Ohio State failed to score a touchdown in the first half for the first time since the 2011 game at Illinois, snapping a streak of 32 consecutive games.
The Buckeyes scored their first TD of the season on a 61-yard fumble return by Darron Lee in the third quarter before Barrett found Smith for an 80-yard strike, putting Ohio State for good.
The Buckeyes added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to seal their 15th consecutive season-opening victory.