COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett now stands alone.
Against Army, he passed Drew Brees for the Big Ten’s all-time record for touchdowns responsible for in a career. Brees had previously set the record of 106 during a stellar career at Purdue.
Barrett’s 107th touchdown came on a touchdown to Austin Mack midway through the fourth quarter. He tied the record on a 20-yard throw to Terry McLaurin.
The game against Army is Barrett’s 33rd career start, a testament to his longevity. Barrett survived a competition with Cardale Jones, who moved on to the NFL, and has been one of the Big Ten’s top quarterbacks each season he’s been there. But after a poor performance in last week’s loss to Oklahoma, Barrett’s been under fire.
Head coach Urban Meyer defended his quarterback in a press conference on Monday.
“Any decision about any personnel is strictly about who gives us the best opportunity to win. … Right now it’s not even a question,” he said.
The score put Ohio State up 38-7 on Army, and it was Barrett’s third touchdown of the day. The first was a 5-yard run to get the Buckeyes on the scoreboard in the first quarter.