Top 10 Plays: J.T. Barrett Brings Back The Jump Pass

Over the final 10 days before the Buckeyes take on Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1 we're taking a look at the top 10 plays from Ohio State's regular season.

Ohio State's regular season has come and gone and a date with Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl is fast approaching.

While that Jan. 1 game is sure to be a great one, we're taking a look back at the season that was. While the Buckeyes didn't live up to the hype that came with the first-ever unanimous No. 1 ranking in the preseason Associated Press poll, Urban Meyer's team still made its fair share of spectacular plays on the way to an 11-1 record.

We're counting down the top 10 Ohio State plays from the regular season.

No. 10 Barrett's Jump Pass (Penn State, Oct. 17)

After sitting behind Cardale Jones for the early season, J.T. Barrett reintroduced himself to the Ohio State fanbase in a 38-10 win over Penn State.

The sophomore was inserted into the game in red zone situations against the Nittany Lions and one particular play was indicative of the changing of the guard.

With Ohio State already holding 24-10 fourth quarter lead thanks to two Barrett rushing touchdowns, Meyer called a play that he made famous in his time at Florida.

Barrett took the snap on 2nd and goal from the Penn State 5-yard line. It initially appeared that the quarterback was going to run a draw, but Barrett pulled up near the line of scrimmage, jumped off two feet and threw the ball over the Ohio State linemen to an uncovered Braxton Miller.

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Meyer said after the game the play had been in the works for a while.

“The offensive staff has been working on that for a while,” the coach said of the play call. “J.T. is a great manager. I was glad to see Braxton get a play out of that, too, because he’s a run threat out there. And they did pretty good.”

That play, the tenth-best of the regular season by our measure, was the tipping point for Barrett reclaiming the starting quarterback role.


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