Ohio State fans everywhere gasped in horror as quarterback J.T. Barrett limped off the field during Saturday's 31-20 win over MI, but they gave a collective sigh of relief soon after the game when Barrett told reporters he would not miss next week's Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin. Fox Sports sideline report Jenny Taft later said Barrett had been dealing with a meniscus problem in his right knee.
Barrett almost threw an interception inside the 10-yard line and had a touchdown taken off the board because of a delay-of-game penalty, but he found a way to overcome those struggles and score Ohio State's first touchdown of "The Game" against the Wolverines.
Returner K.J. Hill gained 11 yards on the run back of the second kick.
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Dwayne Haskins, a redshirt freshman who'd only seen action in garbage time this season, led the Buckeyes to a touchdown drive on his first possession, and ultimately to semi-convincing victory over a team hellbent on beating his.
After forcing a punt, he Buckeyes drew even with the Wolverines on Barrett's 25-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Marcus Baugh with 5:54 to play in the second quarter.
MI gave Ohio State everything it wanted and more.
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Barrett left in the third quarter following a running play as Ohio State trailed 20-14 in The Big Game. Haskins was 6-for7 for 94 yards, Dobbins finished with 101 yards and a touchdown for the Buckeyes.
Next up for the Buckeyes is a Big 10 championship tilt with undefeated Wisconsin in a game that has major BCS title implications. The extra point gave the Buckeyes a 21-20 lead.
MI began the drive at the OSU 5 after a 42-yard punt return from Donovan Peoples-Jones and a holding penalty on the Buckeyes.
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MI (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten) has now lost six straight to the rival Buckeyes (10-2, 8-1), as Jim Harbaugh drops to 0-3 against Urban Meyer.