Ohio State Buckeyes defeat Fighting Illini 28-3

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CHAMPAIGN, IL – Sophomore J.T. Barrett returned as Ohio State‘s starting quarterback when the third-ranked Buckeyes defeated Illinois 28-3 in Big Ten play Saturday.

Barrett was suspended for last week’s game against Minnesota after being arrested for driving under the influence.

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Junior Cardale Jones guided the Buckeyes to their 22nd consecutive overall victory and record-tying 29th straight conference win last Saturday, but Meyer had no qualms turning back to Barrett. “It’s a mistake made – a serious mistake – by a kid that’s really lived most of his life mistake-free,” Meyer said at a press conference.

“He’s a kid who’s human.”

Illinois ended a three-game skid with a 48-14 thrashing of Purdue last Saturday. “They’re real good,” Fighting Illini interim coach Bill Cubit said at a news conference. “They’ve got great talent, they do a good job coaching and their schemes are fantastic.”

Buckeyes senior WR Braxton Miller played after leaving the game against Minnesota.

Ohio State holds a 66-30-4 series lead and routed Illinois 55-14 last season.

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