As it turns out, Jones found out the answer at the same time the rest of the country did.
And then, coach Urban Meyer told Jones to take the field.
“When y’all found out, I found out,” Jones said.
Meyer told reporters after the game that because Jones finished last season as the starter, he would have to be beaten out for the starting job. And although the competition was close, Barrett did not do enough to unseat the quarterback who led Ohio State to a national title.
Meyer's decision paid off, with Jones leading the Buckeyes to a 42–24 win against Virginia Tech. The redshirt junior completed nine of 18 passes for 186 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 99 yards and another score.
Ohio State's next game—and Jones’s fifth career start—is Sept. 12 against Hawaii.
– Rohan Nadkarni