J.T. Barrett ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, but was carted off the field in the Buckeyes 42-28 win over Michigan Saturday. Ohio State has won ten of its last eleven meetings in "The Game."
"It was a sick feeling. J.T. is for sure out next week," said OSU Head Coach Urban Meyer. "We have a lot of confidence in Cardale Jones. He's going to get all the reps now."
On the first play of the fourth quarter, with the Buckeyes leading 28-21, Barrett went down with an ankle injury to his right leg. Barrett was carted off the field and replaced by backup quarterback Cardale Jones. Barrett completed 13 of 21 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown, and ran it 15 times for 89 yards and two scores before leaving the game.
With Jones in at quarterback, OSU went to the ground game and got a big boost from their star running back. Ezekiel Elliott ran it 17 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns in the win, including a 44-yard touchdown run on fourth down to give the Buckeyes a 35-21 lead in the fourth.
The Buckeyes put Michigan away with a 33-yard fumble return for six by Darron Lee.
"It's all about winning the Big Ten championship now. So, let's go do it," said Meyer.
Ohio State (11-1, 8-0) became the first team in Big Ten history to finish the conference regular season unbeaten and untied in three consecutive seasons. The Buckeyes will play for a Big Ten title Saturday night in Indianapolis against the winner of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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