No. 9 Ohio State beats MI despite losing JT Barrett to injury

  • No. 9 Ohio State beats MI despite losing JT Barrett to injury

No. 9 Ohio State beats MI despite losing JT Barrett to injury

MI gave Ohio State everything it wanted and more.

With an immediate arthroscopic procedure, Barrett would miss the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin could be back in time for the Buckeyes' bowl game.

MI took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter on a 2-yard Khalid Hill rush and a 3-yard catch by tight end Sean McKeon.

O'Korn overthrew three open receivers in the first quarter, but he did connect with tight end Zach Gentry for a 27-yard gain on the Wolverines' first touchdown drive.

"The Game" will always be the game in college football, regardless of Ohio State's and Michigan's records.

Since his passing game wasn't getting the Bucks anywhere Ohio State's QB J.T. Barrett rushed for two touchdowns in the second quarter.

Barrett left the game in the third quarter, limping off the field.

Haskins was off the mark with his pass on third-and-five, but a defensive hold gave the Buckeyes an automatic first down.

MI had one last chance, though, after Nuernberger missed a 43-yard attempt with 2:47 left in the fourth.

MI quarterback John O'Korn completed 17 of 32 passes for 195 yards with a touchdown and an interception. However, Michigan was flagged for an illegal formation and was forced to punt the ball once again when Ohio State accepted the penalty. Ohio State plays Wisconsin for the Big Ten Championship next week, and Meyer gave no indication whether Barrett will be able to play, or whether backup Dwayne Haskins, who finished Saturday's win, will start. He engineered a 78-yard touchdown march to close the third quarter, capped by a J.K. Dobbins run and then led the Buckeyes on a field goal drive that saw Sean Nuernberger boot a 44-yarder to make it 24-20 with 4:29 to go in the third. Either way, though, the Badgers will face a tough task in limiting the success of Ohio State's quarterback - as the Wolverines just learned the hard, depressing way.

Then, Ohio State faced a third-and-three from Michigan's 43-yard line.