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. 6 Barrett's Red Zone Role (Maryland, Oct. 10)
Through the first five games of the season J.T. Barrett had hardly played for the Buckeyes. Entering an Oct. 10 game against Maryland the sophomore quarterback had completed 21 of 38 passes for 193 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing six times for 66 yards without a score.
He nearly matched those rushing numbers against the Terrapins.
Barrett was inserted into the red zone offense against Maryland, not one particular play as much as a significant moment in Ohio State's season.
On the Buckeyes second drive of the day they marched to the Maryland 25-yard line. While not quit the red zone, it was close enough for Urban Meyer to insert Barrett into the offense. There was a noticeable difference as the quarterback ran seven plays and capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.
“J.T. is just a very good player," Meyer said of Barrett’s red-zone performance. "We've been having some red-zone issues and the (quarterback) run, everything condenses so much in there. You have to be extremely accurate, which we're going to continue to work at that. In the throwing game or the run game, you have to somehow find an extra hat. He provided an obvious spark for us in there. Of course, he’s a leader and a guy that needs to be on the field.”
Barrett finished the game with 62 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries while he completed both of his passes for 26 yards. It wasn't the official tipping point for Barrett to regain the starting quarterback role, but it was certainly the beginning of that process.