The most highly anticipated game of the college football weekend was probably the clash between Ohio State and Wisconsin in Madison. In the back of your mind you know that game (against Ohio State) is coming down the stretch.
MINNESOTA 31, MARYLAND 10 (at College Park, Md.) - Rodney Smith ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns and Conor Rhoda threw for a score in his first start as Minnesota (4-2, 1-2) defeated error-prone Maryland.
Enter J.T. Barrett once again.
But even if the Badgers win out the rest of the way, they'll still need Nebraska to lose at least one more game to draw into a tie atop the division with two losses.
Barrett ran for two touchdowns for the Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten), who passed their toughest road test of the season.
"As soon as I leave this room, that's when it ends and we turn the page", running back Corey Clement said at a Camp Randall meeting room after the Buckeyes loss.
Meyer said after the IN game IN which the air attack struggled that Barrett carried too often "and we have to fix that", but nothing really changed IN a harrowing 30-23 overtime win last week at Wisconsin. The Winning touchdown was a 7-yard Touchdown pass from J.T. Barrett to Noah Brown in the rain. It's not time to step back and say, 'We'll settle for this. Through the first half, though, Wisconsin pulled this off and led 16-6. It was the kind of breakout night that Clement and the offensive line needed to build confidence for the second half of the season. And on each occasion, the 6-2, 222-pound Texan came to the rescue with his keepers, at once slippery and punishing.
Barrett is an incredibly tough quarterback, but he's been prone to injures during his football career.
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"He might not have understood it at the time", Barkley said recently, "but it meant so much to me".
"You look at those things ... how can we finish", coach Paul Chryst said. "He's a phenomenal player", Meyer said. On third-and-2 from the Wisconsin 7-yard line, the Buckeyes faked a zone read to back Mike Weber, and instead of running, Barrett identified Brown in a one-on-one matchup and delivered a ideal back-shoulder throw into the corner of the endzone for what ended up being the winning score. Wisconsin's defense often got to Barrett in the backfield and tried to contain him in the pocket, only to watch him slip away with just enough time to hit big passes.
The Buckeyes made it a point to work on their passing game after problems last week against Indiana.
Wisconsin entered the game having leaned heavily on a strong defense to rise to the top 10, but the Badgers' almost pulled the upset because of a vastly improved offense.
Like pretty much whenever Curtis Samuel got the ball in space or when linebacker Jerome Baker closed distance on Clement to stop him for no gain on third down in overtime. Eight additional Big Ten programs appear among the top 25: No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 9 Penn State, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 16 Michigan, No. 19 Ohio State, No. 22 IL and No. 24 Purdue. "This one hurts tonight".
The final score would see Ohio State defeat Wisconsin, 30-23.
Next up for the Badgers will be a Big Ten West matchup at Iowa next Saturday. The Buckeyes are a well coached team and have more talent than any team in the Big Ten. They figure to fall a few spots in the poll, but shouldn't be severely penalized given their admirable performances against top competition. That cut the lead to 16-13, and from there Ohio State found its way.
Wisconsin: Hornibrook, a freshman, was 16 of 28 for 214 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. The Badgers outgained the Buckeyes 450-411.