What started as a slow day against Rutgers became a record-setting one for Ohio State junior quarterback J.T. Barrett at Ohio Stadium last Saturday.
After turning over the ball in the first quarter, Barrett engineered five straight scoring drives before halftime, and became the school’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns in the process.
“I was taken aback," Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said of the record. "I had no idea, but I think on the radio show, someone said, ‘He's only a five away,’ a couple weeks ago. And I was like, ‘Five away from what?’ because it doesn't seem like he's been playing that long for us. He's only been a starter for, I think, this is his second year, second -- two-and-a-half year starter at Ohio State.
“A very good player. Very efficient player. That's what I love about him.”
Barrett went from third to first on the all-time list with the four touchdowns against Rutgers, besting both Joe Germaine (1996-1998) and Bobby Hoying (1992-1995). Currently, Barrett has 59 passing touchdowns in his Ohio State career.
Barrett led the way by going 21 of 29 for 238 yards with four touchdowns against one interception, and has Meyer talking about his signal-caller among the best players in the nation.
“I think he's a Heisman candidate,” Meyer said. “That's no disrespect to other players. I just don't get to see a lot of them, but there's no doubt he's a Heisman candidate."
In leading the Buckeyes to an undefeated record and the No. 2 ranking in the country, Barrett has completed 70 of his 102 pass attempts for 888 yards and 14 touchdowns against just two interceptions through the first four games of the season.
“What I was really pleased with was to get very good work on the two-minute drill, and that was flawless,” Meyer said. “I thought Tim Beck and Ed Warinner did a nice job on communication, as far as the clock, as far as the timeout, management of the timeouts. And it's one thing to practice it on Tuesday, or on Sunday is when we practice, Sunday practice, but to do it in the live fire, that was very impressive.”