Despite knee injury, JT Barrett says he'll play in Big Ten championship

Beth Cruz
November 26, 2017

Like numerous recent games, the loss was gut-wrenching for MI fans. The Wolverines will now await their bowl assignment with the regular season over.

OSU starting quarterback J.T. Barrett left the game with a leg injury midway through the third quarter and did not return. Four minutes later, the Buckeyes were in the end zone again when Barrett hit a wide open Marcus Baugh for a 25-yard touchdown pass with 5:07 to go in the first half. "I'll find out who that was". Backup John O'Korn might start, adding further intrigue to one of college football's great spectacles.

Barrett, who fractured his right ankle against MI as a freshman, ran for a touchdown and passed for another in the first half.

He didn't turn the ball over through the first 57 minutes and helped keep MI in the game, but his interception with 2:36 remaining derailed any chance of a Wolverines comeback.

MI quarterback John O'Korn completed 17 of 32 passes for 195 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

The teams were tied at 14 at halftime. The Buckeyes were driving in the second quarter after falling behind 14-0, and sophomore safety Josh Metellus had a potential interception fall right through his hands.

Barrett's run cut Michigan's lead down to one score, 14-7, with 9:50 to play in the first half.

Barrett broke his leg in a victory over MI in 2014. That season, Cardale Jones came in to replace Barrett, then a redshirt freshman, and helped lead the Buckeyes to the national championship.

The Buckeyes, who were held to minus 6 yards in the first quarter, answered with a 75-yard scoring drive. The referees reviewed the play, but the call stood and MI punted from its own 42 with 29 seconds to play.

Saturday's edition, though, has likely earned a spot in the history books for an injury suffered off the field, according to Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.

Khalid Hill's 2-yard scoring run capped a 13-play, 77-yard MI drive in the opening quarter.

Karan Higdon's 2-yard run gave MI (8-4, 5-4) a 20-14 lead midway through the third quarter.

MI began the drive at the OSU 5 after a 42-yard punt return from Donovan Peoples-Jones and a holding penalty on the Buckeyes.

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