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.
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.