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Nov. 18, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio J.T. Barrett’s terrific play has earned the red-shirt freshman from Wichita Falls, Texas, two more weekly awards: today he was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award winner – which goes to the national player of the week who is from the state of Texas – for the second time this season after previously earning Big Ten freshman of the week accolades yesterday.

Barrett had a near 200/200 Saturday in 15-degree, snowy conditions at TCF Bank Stadium. He threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for an Ohio State quarterback record 189 yards, including a QB-record 86-yard run, to lead the Buckeyes to a 31-24 win over No. 25 Minnesota and its nationally-ranked (21st) defense.

This 389-yard, four-touchdown game for Barrett comes one week after his 386-yard, five-touchdown game against then-No. 8 Michigan State and its Top 5 defense nationally.

Barrett has thus accounted for 775 total yards and nine touchdowns in consecutive road wins over nationally ranked opponents the past two weeks.

The two awards this week increase Barrett’s total to 15 national or Big Ten “player of the week” awards this season. He has earned at least one player of the week honor after seven of his 10 starts this season.

  • Navy (1 award) – Big Ten Freshman of the Week after 276-yard total offense, three-touchdown game;

Kent State (2) – Big Ten Offensive & Freshman ofthe Week after throwing for school-record six touchdown passes and318 yards; Cincinnati (1) – Big Ten Freshman of the Weekafter accumulating the second-most yards in a game in schoolhistory – 409 – including 330 passing yards and five touchdownsresponsible for; Maryland (2) – Athlon’s National Freshmanof the Week & Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Player of theWeek after passing for 267 yards and four touchdowns with 338 yardsof total offense; Rutgers (2) – Big Ten Offensive &Freshman of the Week after a 368-yard total offense game, including107 rushing yards, with four touchdowns; and No. 8 MichiganState (5) – Maxwell Award Player of the Week; Athlon’s NationalPlayer and Freshman of the Week; Big Ten Conference Offensive andFreshman of the Week after throwing for 300 yards, rushing for 86and accounting for five touchdowns on the road against the nation’sNo. 5-ranked defense. No. 25 Minnesota (2) – Big TenFreshman of the Week & Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Playerof the Week after passing for 200 yards, rushing for 189 yards andaccounting for four touchdowns while setting three school records.

Barrett, on everybody’s Heisman Trophy radar and one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, remains a national leader or among the leaders in a handful of key statistical categories, including:

  • Points responsible for – T1st with 228;
  • TDs responsible for – T1st with 38
  • Points responsible for per game – T1st at 22.8;
  • Passing efficiency – 3rd at 171.5;
  • Touchdown passes – T4th with 29; and
  • Total offense – 15th at 312.7.

Barrett and the Buckeyes play host to Indiana Saturday in a 12 noon kick that will be televised by the Big Ten Network. A win will clinch a third consecutive divisional championship for Ohio State under coach Urban Meyer and send the Buckeyes to the Big Ten championship game for a second consecutive year.