Monday October 27th, 2014

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has a medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee and will be limited in practice this week, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Monday

Barrett was injured in the first half of the Buckeyes’ 31-24 double overtime victory over Penn State and is expected to play Saturday against Illinois (4-4, 1-3 Big Ten).

After racing to a 17-0 lead against the Nittany Lions, the Ohio State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) offense and Barrett struggled. 

Barrett was picked off twice in the second half, including an interception by Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel, who returned it 40 yards for a touchdown. Ohio State was held to a season-low 31 points and 293 yards of total offense in the game. 

Barrett went 12-of-19 for 74 yards with one touchdown and the two interceptions, but he ran the ball 20 times for 75 yards and scored both Ohio State touchdowns in overtime.

"To see [Barrett] lead an offense down by seven into the student section in the first overtime; I'll never forget that look. I think we did what we had to do to win. It was ugly, it was nasty .. But we won a game in a tough environment,” Meyer said

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Barrett sounded like he wasn’t too concerned with the injury after the game. Barrett was inserted in the starting lineup at the beginning of the season when Heisman hopeful Braxton Miller injured his throwing shoulder. 

“It wasn’t too much, just tweaked it,” Barrett said about his injury. “Just trying to keep it loose throughout the second half, but it wasn’t anything crazy.”

Barrett has completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,689 yards with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also has 458 rushing yards and six touchdowns for Ohio State.

After facing Illinois, Ohio State travels to East Lansing to face Michigan State on Nov. 8. 

- Scooby Axson

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