Ohio State's J.T. Barrett suffers right ankle fracture vs. Michigan


Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was carted off the field Saturday with an injury early in the fourth quarter of the Buckeyes' 42-28 win over longtime rival Michigan. The school announced after the game that Barrett suffered a season-ending right ankle fracture and will have surgery Sunday.

Barrett was injured on a second-and-1 run on the first play of the fourth quarter. His lower left leg was placed in an air cast before he was taken off in a cart.

Barrett had scored two rushing touchdowns and thrown a touchdown pass. His first touchdown of the day, a TD pass in the first quarter, was the 43rd he had accounted for this season, a Big Ten single-season record. The previous record-holder was former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees.

Ohio State already had qualified for next weekend's Big Ten championship game and the starting quarterback will be sophomore Cardale Jones, a 6-foot-5, 250-pounder who has 26 rushing attempts and 17 pass attempts this season. The Buckeyes ranked sixth in this week's College Football Playoff selection committee top 25 and have a shot at a playoff berth.

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The win finishes off a third consecutive unbeaten regular season in Big Ten play for the Buckeyes. Urban Meyer is the first Big Ten coach to go undefeated in regular-season conference play three seasons in a row.

Ohio State beat Michigan 42-41 last season, and this is the first time in the history of the rivalry that a team has scored 40 points in back-to-back games.

While the final margin was 14 points, it was a bit misleading. Ohio State led 28-21 before scoring twice in a minute late in the fourth quarter. Michigan scored its final TD with 1:15 left.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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