Ohio State Football: Buckeye Leaves For OSU 30-23 Overtime Win Over Badgers

BSB's Staff picks for the Buckeye Leaves in Ohio State's overtime win over the Badgers.

James Grega: Jalyn Holmes. For most of the night, the Wisconsin run offense seemed to hold the edge, both literally and figuratively. But anytime the Badgers looked to pass the ball, Ohio State had pressure on quarterback Alex Hornibrook, and Holmes played a big part in that. He had two tackles for loss and was in on the final play of the game, when he and Tyquan Lewis converged to sack Hornibrook to end the game. Jerome Baker also earns mention, once again leading the team in tackles for the second week in a row. He tallied 13 tackles, 1.5 for loss including a stop on a screen play that helped to stall a Wisconsin drive. 

Tim Moody:  J.T. Barrett made some of the worst plays in Ohio State’s overtime win over Wisconsin. But the junior quarterback also made the most important plays, and those greatly outweigh his mistakes. Barrett – who broke the school record for total career touchdowns with his overtime strike to Noah Brown – finished the game 17 of 29 for 226 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for 92 yards – a team high – and two more scores. Was it his sharpest game throwing the ball overall? No, but Barrett also made some of the biggest throws and ran for some of the most important yards of his collegiate career.

Ryan McGlade: While Holmes ended the game with the sack in overtime, and hurried Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook multiple times throughout the game, I am going to have to give my Buckeye Leaf to J.T. Barrett. He broke the school's all-time record for most touchdowns responsible for in addition to responding from a mediocre first-half against Wisconsin. After hearing all the critics ridicule his performance vs. Indiana, he rallied in the second half against the Badgers and delivered two pinpoint accurate throws late in the game. One of which went to Noah Brown for the overtime touchdown and the other went to Dontre Wilson to set up the game-tying kick in the fourth quarter. Barrett is the leader of this team and he showed you why.    

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