The Ohio State Buckeyes were trying to mount a comeback the entire game, literally. After Saquon Barkley took the opening kickoff back 97-yards for a score, Ohio State spent the entire game playing catchup.
It wasn’t complete until the final moments of the game.
To make it possible, veteran quarterback JT Barrett had to put together one of the best performances of his entire career. Barrett didn’t throw an incomplete pass in his final 16 attempts to end the game.
J.T. Barrett completed his final 16 passes in Ohio State's comeback win, the longest streak in Buckeye history (previous record was 12). pic.twitter.com/9ZysjpCzPc
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Not only was it a personal record for Barrett, but it included the decisive score in the game. The Buckeyes took a 39-38 lead, their first of the game, with only 1:19 left on the clock. A quick four-and-out by the Buckeyes defense sealed the victory.
For Barrett, it was the performance of a lifetime. He tossed four touchdowns passes, no interceptions, and racked up 328 yards through the air. He accounted for another 95 yards on the ground, leading the Buckeyes rushing attack as well.
The key to the game was the way that Ohio State limited Saquon Barkley. After the initial fireworks, the Buckeyes didn’t kick the ball in his direction on kickoffs, and held him to only 41 yards rushing.
This will shakeup things up in the top 10 in a major way. TCU also went down inter matchup against Iowa State this weekend. Ahead of the first College Football Playoff rankings, there is going to be a ton of turnover at the top of the FBS totem pole.
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