Throughout its 127-year history, there has never been another quarterback at Ohio State to throw more touchdown passes than junior signal-caller J.T. Barrett.
In Ohio State’s 58-0 win over Rutgers at Ohio Stadium Saturday, Barrett led the way by going 21 of 29 for 238 yards with four touchdowns against one interception. After turning the ball over in the first quarter, Barrett engineered five straight scoring drives before halftime, and became the school’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns.
“It’s just a great honor,” Barrett said. “The tradition here at Ohio State is so rich. It’s just in everything we do. Despite everything I’ve been through, it feels surreal. That’s crazy that I was just trying to do my part and do my best for the team, and then, broke the record. I’m truly grateful for it.”
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.
“I'm an Ohio State fan, so I know all the great quarterbacks at Ohio State, all the great players,” Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said. “And to see J.T. Barrett throw 60 in 21 starts, averaging almost three touchdowns per game, that's just an incredible feat when you consider the school that he broke that at. Still got a lot of football left.
“Congrats to J.T. It's very well deserved and he played well.”
Although the Buckeyes lost more than a dozen starters and key reserves to the 2016 NFL Draft, Barrett returned as Ohio State’s starting quarterback after handling the duties for much of the last two seasons.
In leading the Buckeyes to an undefeated start 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.
And those on the receiving end of Barrett’s passes expect that kind of production to continue as the Buckeyes get further into Big Ten Conference play, continuing with Saturday’s game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium.
“He is going to challenge all of us, offensive line, receivers and running backs,” Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin said. “We have a standard here at Ohio State, and if we are not living up to that, then it is his job as a leader to check that. He does a great job as a leader and we know what to expect from him because he always gives us his all.”