October 30, 2017

Fall Classic Earns J.T. Barrett Big Ten Player of the Week Award


Oct. 30, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – J.T. Barrett is the Big Ten Conference offensive player of the week after his near perfect, “fall classic” effort in Ohio State’s thrilling come-from-behind, 39-38, victory over No. 2 Penn State Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

Ohio State overcame two 18-point deficits and came from 15 points down in the final 5:42 to claim the victory. It was a team effort as Barrett, sure-handed receivers and outstanding offensive line play led the offense coupled with a “rushmen” led Ohio State defense that limited Saquon Barkley to minus-3 yards of offense in the second half.

Barrett completed 33 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns, plus rushed for 95 yards for an Ohio State school record 423 yards of total offense. He completed his final 16 passes to set the school record for consecutive completions, including completing 13 of 13 passes in the fourth quarter alone for 170 yards and three touchdowns.

Barrett connected with Johnnie Dixon on a 10-yard TD pass with 4:20 to play to bring Ohio State to within 5 points, at 38-33. Then after Ohio State’s defense held, he lead a 5-play, 58-yard drive that was capped by a Barrett to Marcus Baugh TD pass of 16 yards for a 39-38 lead that proved to be enough as the Buckeye defense then held Penn State on four downs.

This is the ninth Big Ten player of the week award for Barrett and it ties him with Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne and Michigan’s Denard Robinson for the most awards in Big Ten history.

Barrett, who is completing 69.5 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdown passes and just one interception, and the Buckeyes are now 7-1 on the season and head to Iowa for a key Big Ten game Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET with ESPN televising.