No. 5 Ohio State pulls away to beat Navy 34-17

BALTIMORE (AP) — There might come a time when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer expands his offensive playbook to include various long passes, reverses and bootlegs.

Until his young quarterback gains confidence and his line grows up, the No. 5 Buckeyes will likely count on the kind of conservative game plan that proved good enough to beat Navy 34-17 Saturday.

Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns in his college debut as Ohio State earned its 25th consecutive regular-season victory.

”The best thing about this game,” Meyer said, ”is we won it and it’s in our rearview mirror.”

Elevated into a starting role after senior Braxton Miller injured his right shoulder two weeks ago, Barrett went 12 for 15 – including an 80-yard TD pass to Devin Smith that put the Buckeyes up 20-14 with 4:10 left in the third quarter.

”I thought J.T. did OK,” Meyer said. ”He was good. I never felt he was rattled.”

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