The idea that J.T. Barrett chokes in big games is officially dead.
In what was arguably the performance of his career, the fifth-year senior quarterback led sixth-ranked Ohio State back from 18 points down to shock undefeated Penn State 39-38. Barret threw for 328 yards and 4 touchdowns (and also ran for 95 yards), including a game-winning 16-yard strike to Marcus Baugh with 1:48 left.
The Buckeyes trailed 21-3 and 28-10 at different points in the game, mostly due to a series of early miscues: Penn State's Saquon Barkley took the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, and then a fumble by Parris Campbell set up another Nittany Lions score to make it 14-0 out of the gate.
Even when OSU cut the deficit to 28-20 and seemed to be righting the ship after Denzel Ward picked off a third quarter Trace McSorley pass in the endzone, everything seemed to go wrong: In a controversial replay decision, Ward's pick was overturned, and awarded DeAndre Thompkins a touchdown and PSU a 35-20 lead.
Still, OSU would not give up: A blocked punt, gutsy defense, and Barrett's stellar play cut the deficit to five all before the eventual game-winning drive.
Penn State did have a chance to win the game, but McSorley and the offesne went four-and-out, and a clutch run by Barrett helped Ohio State run out the clock.
The 4 TD passes also allowed Barrett to unseat Drew Brees as the Big Ten's all-time leading touchdown passer with 94 for his career.
The Buckeyes (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) will travel to Iowa next week, while the Nittany Lions (7-1, 4-1) will head home to take on Michigan State.