Sept. 4, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A historical debut from freshman running back J.K. Dobbins and a 300-yard passing performance from senior J.T. Barrett in Ohio State’s season-opening win at Indiana have earned the duo the first Big Ten weekly awards of the 2017 season. Dobbins is the conference’s Freshman of the Week while Barrett is the co-Offensive Player of the Week.
A native of La Grange, Texas, Dobbins became just the sixth Buckeye true freshman to ever start a season opener for the Scarlet and Gray. He carried the ball 29 times for 181 yards, setting a record for most yards rushing by a true freshman in his opening game. Dobbins also caught two passes out of the backfield for 24 yards, giving him 205 all-purpose yards on the night. His two longest runs – of 35 and 27 yards, respectively – both led second-quarter scores.
Barrett completed 20-of-35 passes for 304 yards and accounted for four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) as the Buckeyes overcame a 14-13 halftime deficit and outscored Indiana 29-7 in the second half. It was the sixth 300-yard passing performance of his career. With a five-yard completion to K.J. Hill on the opening drive of the game, Barrett became Ohio State’s all-time leader in total offense. He enters this weekend’s contest against Oklahoma with 9,211 yards of total offense and 104 touchdowns, just two shy of Drew Brees’ Big Ten record.