Rutgers coach Kyle Flood explained why his team could not handle J.T. Barrett

Kyle Flood's defense was stumped by J.T. Barrett for a second year in a row.
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If Rutgers knew what was coming with J.T. Barrett as the new starting quarterback for Ohio State, having a full week to prepare did not seem to hep the Scarlet Knights much. 

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood did not try to hide why that was the case. 

“Here's what makes him so difficult to defend as a football player,” Flood said Saturday night. “You look at him in the run game, 13 carries for 104 yards, you say, all right, there is a really athletic, running quarterback. But then, as a passer, he's 14 of 18.” 

In his first start since the 12th game of last season (in which he suffered a broken ankle), the reigning Big Ten Quarterback of the Year totaled 223 yards through the air and 101 net yards on the ground.

He totaled five touchdowns while posing the third game of his career with at least 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing. 

“I mean, he is the prototype dual-threat quarterback and he puts a tremendous amount of stress on your defense whenever he has the football,” Flood continued, “because he can run it like a running back and he throws it very well like a quarterback.”

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