Sloopy “hung on” but, unfortunately, it cost him seven finger nails.
In college football’s game of the day\week\ month\ year, one-loss Ohio State staged a furious, fourth-quarter rally to defeat previously-unsullied Penn State.
Buckeyes’ quarterback J.T. Barrett overcame general indifference to his career (and his team’s crappy kickoff coverage) to unleash his finest collegiate performance in a masterwork, 39-38 victory in Columbus.
It was scary to think Barrett may have been the best player on a field that also included Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, ESPN’s preordained Heisman Trophy winner.
“I’ve never had a kid play perfect,” Meyer said of Barrett, “but damn he was close tonight.”
Barrett completed 33 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 95 rushing yards.
The heart-thumping game winner came with 1:19 left, on Barrett’s 16-yard scoring pass to Marcus Baugh.
Barrett, who only seems like a 25th-year senior, has been trolling Ohio State’s campus for years, even though he was NOT the quarterback who led Ohio State to a national title in 2014 (that was Cardale Jones). Some may even confuse Barrett with Braxton Miller, another Buckeye quarterback from this era.
“I tell you all the time I’m just a little cat from Wichita Falls, Texas,” Barrett said. “People don’t even know where it is on the map.”
Barkley entered the game with national accolades, unabashed backing from ESPN Enterprises and even returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. He was otherwise held to 44 yards on 21 carries.
Ohio State outscored Penn State, 19-3, in the final quarter.
Greatest comeback of Meyer’s career?
“I think so,” he said.
Stay tuned to see what this all means for Ohio State’s playoff chances. Last year, remember, Ohio State lost the head-to-head to Penn State and also the Big Ten East division.
Penn State ended up claiming the conference title but Ohio State still got the playoff bid. Say what? The Buckeyes honored the selection committee for its bold initiative by losing, 31-0, to Clemson in the national semifinals.
So, maybe Saturday’s loss doesn’t hurt Penn State at all. Let Ohio State go ahead and win the East while Penn State sits at home and sees what the meat grinder churns out. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.