Despite knee injury, JT Barrett says he'll play in Big Ten championship

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Despite knee injury, JT Barrett says he'll play in Big Ten championship

Ohio State had to push past MI without quarterback J.T. Barrett, who left in the third quarter with a right knee injury.

It was also just another frustrating example for MI fans just how much work there is still to be done in order to compete with Ohio State and for a Big Ten title.

Ohio State played its 700th game as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

The game is tied up 14-14 at the half. Four minutes later, the Buckeyes were in the end zone again when Barrett hit a wide open Marcus Baugh for a 25-yard touchdown pass with 5:07 to go in the first half.

MI took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter on a 2-yard Khalid Hill rush and a 3-yard catch by tight end Sean McKeon.

Barrett left in the third quarter following a running play as Ohio State trailed 20-14 in The Big Game. After Josh Metellus dropped an interception near Ohio State's goal line, J.T. Barrett got the Buckeyes going with a 21-yard touchdown scramble.

Earlier in the drive, Barrett suffered an injury and was immediate walked to the locker room for further evaluation.

Karan Higdon put MI ahead again on a 2-yard touchdown run, but Ohio State's Denzel Ward blocked the extra-point attempt.

Haskins was off the mark with his pass on third-and-five, but a defensive hold gave the Buckeyes an automatic first down. Nuernberger missed a 43-yard try with 2:47 remaining.

Barrett was 3 for 8 for 30 passing yards and a touchdown before leaving with the injury.

Saturday's loss was the Wolverines' sixth straight to the Buckeyes and 13 in the past 14 meetings. He stayed down on the field before limping off, and he did not return after he was replaced by Dwayne Haskins. Either way, though, the Badgers will face a tough task in limiting the success of Ohio State's quarterback - as the Wolverines just learned the hard, depressing way.

Still, Michigan had its chances, and a loss to Ohio State is a loss to Ohio State.

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