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Comeback! No. 6 Ohio State rallies to beat No. 2 Penn State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) In the tunnel at Ohio Stadium that leads from locker room to the field, J.T. Barrett was posing for pictures with friends, receiving handshakes and hugs and thanking one older man with a scratchy voice for screaming himself hoarse.

Barrett smiled and laughed. Apparently, the Ohio State quarterback even busted out some moves in the locker room celebration. The stoic fifth-year senior doesn't show much emotion on the field. And if he gained any particular gratification from playing the best game of his decorated career seven weeks after a lot of Buckeyes fans were wondering if he should be benched, he was not about to let on.

This is certain: When Barrett said goodbye to his friends and left the Horseshoe on Saturday night he did so as a Heisman Trophy candidate with absolutely nothing left to prove.

Barrett was near flawless against No. 2 Penn State, capping a brilliant performance with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Baugh with 1:48 left in the fourth quarter that gave No. 6 Ohio State a 39-38 victory.

Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer called it one of the best games he has ever seen a quarterback play.

''I've never had a kid play perfect, but damn he was close tonight,'' Meyer said.

Barrett was 33 for 39 for 328 yards and four touchdown passes, three in the fourth quarter after the Buckeyes (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) were down 35-20. He also ran for 95 yards on 17 carries. In the fourth quarter, he was 13 for 13 for 170 yards.

''We don't care about what anyone else thinks about J.T. because we know what we think about J.T. and what he brings to the table,'' said Terry McLaurin, who caught Barrett's first TD pass of the game, which gave the quarterback 91 in his career to break Drew Brees' Big Ten record.

Penn State led 38-27 with 5:42 left and it looked as if the Nittany Lions (7-1, 4-1) were going to knock the Buckeyes out of the College Football Playoff race.

''What was going through my head was Coach Meyer saying go win the game. He says that all the time, go win the game,'' Barrett said.

Saquon Barkley scored two long touchdowns for Penn State, but it was Barrett who surged into the Heisman race in what was billed as the Big Ten game of the year and lived up to the hype.

''I think the H-word is appropriate after today's game,'' Meyer said.

Barrett and the Buckeyes got the ball back down five with 3:20 left. They quickly marched to the 16 and then Barrett found his big tight end Baugh for the lead.

''I didn't manage the game well,'' Penn State coach James Franklin said. ''There's enough blame to spread around.''

The blackout crowd at the Horseshoe poured onto the field to celebrate after Barrett took a final knee. He calmly wandered through the mayhem.

Barrett had been the target for much criticism after the Buckeyes' offense struggled in a September loss to Oklahoma. He said he just tried to get better. Barrett went 19 of 35 with no TDs and an interception against the Sooners. He looked like a different player Saturday, but he wasn't buying that.

''When you say like I'm different I feel like I would have to be thinking different in order to feel different, but I really don't feel any different because I'm thinking the same,'' he said. ''It's not like I'm telling myself anything new.''

Receiver K.J. Hill said Barrett's calmness keeps the Buckeyes cool, and, yes, he does cut loose sometimes.

''We definitely got a smile out of him. A little dance moves in the locker room,'' Hill said.

STOPPING SAQUON

Barkley was held to 44 yards on 21 carries, and that included a 36-yard touchdown run in the first half. And the Nittany Lions had trouble pass blocking Ohio State's talented defensive line, with Nick Bosa and Tyquan Lewis, especially after tackle Ryan Bates went out with an injury. On their final drive, quarterback Trace McSorley got pressured on each play, was sacked one and threw three incomplete passes.

THE TAKEAWAY

Penn State: The Nittany Lions will need some upsets to get back in the playoff and Big Ten race.

''We played a hell of a football game,'' tight end Mike Gesicki said. ''In no way, shape or form should anybody on our team have their head down, be disappointed. ''

Ohio State: The Buckeyes' now control the Big Ten East and they paid back the Nittany Lions for the loss last year in Happy Valley that kept Ohio State out of the conference title game. The Buckeyes' path to the playoff might still be muddled by that loss to Oklahoma, but right now they are the Big Ten's best shot.

NEXT

Penn State: The Nittany Lions face a third straight ranked opponent when they go to No. 16 Michigan State.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes go to Iowa next week.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 1:48
16-J.Barrett to PSU 1 for 1 yard.
plays
yds
pos
38
39
Touchdown 1:48
16-J.Barrett complete to 85-M.Baugh. 85-M.Baugh runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
58
yds
01:19
pos
38
39
Missed Two Point Conversion 4:20
1-J.Dixon to PSU 2 for no gain (15-G.Haley).
plays
yds
pos
38
33
Touchdown 4:20
16-J.Barrett complete to 1-J.Dixon. 1-J.Dixon runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
96
yds
01:17
pos
38
33
Field Goal 5:46
95-T.Davis 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
74
yds
05:14
pos
38
27
Point After TD 11:05
96-S.Nuernberger extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
27
Touchdown 11:05
16-J.Barrett complete to 1-J.Dixon. 1-J.Dixon runs 38 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
41
yds
00:34
pos
35
26
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:25
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
20
Touchdown 7:25
9-T.McSorley complete to 3-D.Thompkins. 3-D.Thompkins runs 37 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
70
yds
04:09
pos
34
20
Field Goal 11:42
96-S.Nuernberger 36 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
62
yds
03:18
pos
28
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:56
96-S.Nuernberger extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
17
Touchdown 4:56
25-M.Weber runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
83
yds
03:10
pos
28
16
Point After TD 8:06
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
10
Touchdown 8:06
9-T.McSorley runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
38
yds
01:08
pos
27
10
Point After TD 9:32
96-S.Nuernberger extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
10
Touchdown 9:32
16-J.Barrett complete to 83-T.McLaurin. 83-T.McLaurin runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
63
yds
02:01
pos
21
9
Point After TD 11:40
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
3
Touchdown 11:40
26-S.Barkley runs 36 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
90
yds
03:20
pos
20
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:43
96-S.Nuernberger 39 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
47
yds
02:53
pos
14
3
Point After TD 11:36
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
0
Touchdown 11:36
9-T.McSorley complete to 5-D.Hamilton. 5-D.Hamilton runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
23
yds
01:56
pos
13
0
Point After TD 14:45
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 14:45
96-S.Nuernberger kicks 62 yards from OSU 35. 26-S.Barkley runs 97 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
63
yds
00:15
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 17 27
Rushing 5 10
Passing 9 14
Penalty 3 3
3rd Down Conv 7-15 5-12
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-1
Total Net Yards 274 518
Total Plays 64 78
Avg Gain 4.3 6.6
Net Yards Rushing 91 201
Rush Attempts 35 39
Avg Rush Yards 2.6 5.2
Net Yards Passing 183 317
Comp. - Att. 17-29 33-39
Yards Per Pass 6.3 8.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-9 2-11
Penalties - Yards 9-73 10-79
Touchdowns 5 5
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 2 4
Other 1 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-2
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 5-42.6 3-43.3
Return Yards 185 160
Punts - Returns 0-0 3-23
Kickoffs - Returns 7-185 6-137
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 6/6 5/5
Extra Points 5/5 3/3
Field Goals 1/1 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
2 Penn State 7-1 14147338
6 Ohio State 7-1 31431939
183 PASS YDS 317
91 RUSH YDS 201
274 TOTAL YDS 518
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. McSorley 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.6% 192 2 0 137.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.9% 2071 16 5 152.9
T. McSorley 17/29 192 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. McSorley 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 49 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
96 303 8
T. McSorley 13 49 1 23
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 44 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
138 801 9
S. Barkley 21 44 1 36
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Gesicki 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 57 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 285 4
M. Gesicki 6 57 0 22
D. Thompkins 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 49 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 239 1
D. Thompkins 2 49 1 37
Ju. Johnson 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 362 1
Ju. Johnson 3 29 0 20
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
36 471 3
S. Barkley 4 23 0 10
S. Blacknall 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 187 1
S. Blacknall 1 21 0 21
D. Hamilton 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 494 5
D. Hamilton 1 13 1 13
Defense T-A SACK INT
Ma. Allen 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 1 0.0
Ma. Allen 9-1 0.0 0
M. Bowen 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
M. Bowen 8-1 0.0 0
T. Apke 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 1 0.0
T. Apke 7-2 0.0 0
A. Oruwariye 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 3 0.0
A. Oruwariye 5-0 0.0 0
G. Haley 15 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 2 0.0
G. Haley 5-1 0.0 0
C. Campbell 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
C. Campbell 5-1 0.0 0
K. Farmer 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
K. Farmer 5-2 0.0 0
S. Miller 48 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
S. Miller 5-0 1.0 0
J. Cabinda 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
J. Cabinda 4-2 0.0 0
T. Chavis 56 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Chavis 3-0 0.0 0
P. Cothren 41 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Cothren 1-0 0.0 0
S. Simmons 34 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Simmons 1-0 0.0 0
C. Cothran 52 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
C. Cothran 1-1 1.0 0
T. Castro-Fields 5 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
T. Castro-Fields 1-0 0.0 0
S. Toney 18 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
S. Toney 1-1 0.0 0
R. Windsor 54 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Windsor 1-0 0.0 0
C. Brown 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Brown 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Davis 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 5/5
SEASON FG XP
7/14 41/41
T. Davis 1/1 24 5/5 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Gillikin 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 42.6 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
33 44.2 1
B. Gillikin 5 42.6 1 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Holland 18 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.5 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 4.5 5 0
J. Holland 2 4.5 5 0
K. Farmer 7 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 35.0 59 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 35.0 59 0
K. Farmer 2 35.0 59 0
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 52.5 97 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 34.4 97 1
S. Barkley 2 52.5 97 0
Ju. Johnson 84 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
Ju. Johnson 1 1.0 1 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Barrett 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
84.6% 328 4 0 189.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.5% 2166 25 1 176.2
J. Barrett 33/39 328 4 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Barrett 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 95 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
87 454 5
J. Barrett 17 95 0 23
J. Dobbins 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 88 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
113 863 5
J. Dobbins 13 88 0 21
M. Weber 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 21 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 248 5
M. Weber 7 21 1 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Hill 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
12 102 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
40 376 3
K. Hill 12 102 0 24
A. Mack 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 90 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 260 2
A. Mack 6 90 0 36
J. Dixon 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 56 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 332 6
J. Dixon 3 56 2 38
T. McLaurin 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 34 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 263 4
T. McLaurin 2 34 1 20
M. Baugh 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 20 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 161 3
M. Baugh 2 20 1 16
C. Saunders 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 196 1
C. Saunders 1 13 0 13
M. Weber 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 72 0
M. Weber 5 9 0 9
P. Campbell 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 410 2
P. Campbell 1 5 0 5
J. Dobbins 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 64 0
J. Dobbins 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Fuller 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-0 1 0.0
J. Fuller 9-0 0.0 0
J. Baker 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
J. Baker 6-1 0.0 0
C. Worley 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
C. Worley 4-1 0.0 0
D. Booker 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
D. Booker 4-1 0.0 0
R. Landers 67 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
R. Landers 3-0 0.0 0
S. Hubbard 6 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
S. Hubbard 3-1 0.0 0
D. Arnette 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
D. Arnette 2-0 0.0 0
D. Ward 12 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
D. Ward 2-0 0.0 0
M. Harrison 39 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Harrison 2-0 0.0 0
K. Sheffield 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
K. Sheffield 2-1 0.0 0
N. Bosa 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Bosa 1-0 0.0 0
J. Holmes 11 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Holmes 1-0 1.0 0
D. Webb 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 0.0
D. Webb 1-0 0.0 0
D. Jones 86 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Jones 1-0 1.0 0
T. Lewis 59 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Lewis 1-1 0.0 0
T. Sprinkle 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Sprinkle 1-0 0.0 0
J. Cornell 9 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Cornell 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Nuernberger 96 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
9/11 45/45
S. Nuernberger 2/2 39 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Chrisman 91 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 43.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
23 42.7 1
D. Chrisman 3 43.3 1 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Hill 14 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 24.0 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 25.0 32 0
K. Hill 5 24.0 32 0
P. Campbell 21 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 36.6 17 0
P. Campbell 1 17.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Hill 14 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 7.7 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 4.6 16 0
K. Hill 3 7.7 16 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 OHIOST 35 0:15 1 63 TD
13:32 OHIOST 23 1:56 5 23 TD
10:11 PSU 25 2:29 6 6 Punt
4:38 PSU 27 1:46 3 4 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PSU 19 3:20 8 81 TD
9:14 OHIOST 23 1:08 4 23 TD
4:52 PSU 30 3:14 8 9 Punt
0:29 PSU 38 0:00 2 -2 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:34 PSU 30 4:09 10 70 TD
3:10 PSU 6 2:31 5 19 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:13 OHIOST 42 1:27 3 -1 Punt
11:00 PSU 30 5:14 10 64 FG
4:14 PSU 15 0:53 3 -4 Punt
1:45 PSU 41 0:16 4 -5 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:39 OHIOST 25 0:58 3 24 Fumble
11:31 OHIOST 30 1:12 4 0 Punt
7:36 OHIOST 42 2:53 10 58 FG
2:41 OHIOST 46 2:36 7 29 Downs
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:33 OHIOST 37 2:01 6 63 TD
8:06 OHIOST 25 3:10 11 75 TD
1:31 OHIOST 14 0:50 3 8 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 OHIOST 24 3:18 10 57 FG
7:21 OHIOST 18 4:05 11 36 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:28 OHIOST 24 0:00 6 18 Fumble
11:39 PSU 41 0:34 2 41 TD
5:37 OHIOST 24 1:17 7 76 TD
3:07 OHIOST 42 1:19 5 58 TD
1:22 PSU 36 0:43 4 9 Game