Ohio State's Top 10 Plays: J.T. Barrett Jukes Jabrill Peppers

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

No. 9

No. 8 Barrett Jukes Peppers (Michigan, Nov. 28)

Ohio State was more than in control of the game, leading the Wolverines 35-13 in the fourth quarter, but the Buckeye highlights weren't over yet.

J.T. Barrett had already accounted for two rushing touchdowns and one through the air when the Buckeyes got the ball with 11:16 remaining. Ohio State used a conservative approach, running the ball four straight times for 15 yards to move the ball to the Michigan 17. 

The Buckeyes final touchdown of the day followed.


Barrett kept the ball on a read-option and ran over the left end to the wide side of the field. Waiting for him there was Michigan safety and Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jabrill Peppers. The hard-hitting defensive back broke down to square up with Barrett, but the quarterback sidestepped Peppers after a stutter step, cutting right to leave the freshman grasping at his shoelaces. Barrett closed the final 15 yards untouched to finish the scoring in the blowout against Michigan.

“Crazy, huh? I think today was just a way to show this team is resilient and that we bounce back from adversity," Barrett said after the game. "That was everybody, it was definitely a team effort, it wasn’t offense, defense or special teams, three separate groups on the team, it was definitely a team effort and a great team win.

"Playing fast you get base defense and when we did that you could see that they were getting tired. Their D-line wasn’t rushing as hard when we dropped back to pass and (Ezekiel Elliott) and myself we saw the creases and we were able to run too.”

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