It was a close first-half game, but the Buckeyes were able to avoid a late comeback bid in a 31-24 win.
Ohio State has now taken care of its only legitimate competition remaining on their schedule, knocking off No. 25 ranked Minnesota in what some considered a potential trap game. It was the second time in as many weeks that the Buckeyes defeated a top 25 team on the road.
J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns on an even 200 yards passing and ran for 189 more on the ground, tag-teaming with Elliot for an effective offensive performance in snowy Minneapolis. The weather failed to do anything to slow down the big plays.
Overlooked in this game, as it has been overshadowed all year, is the defensive talent that Ohio State has repeatedly showcased in big moments. While the rushing attack from Minnesota proved difficult to stop, it was the pass defense that stepped up in a big way for the scarlet and grey, limiting opposing quarterback, Mitch Leidner, to just 57 yards on 4-of-14 passing. They also forced two key interceptions.
It was David Cobb that provided the assault for the home team, capping off his day with 145 yards and three scores.
Ohio State will be scorer watching a little this week with other top teams in tough games. They don’t control their own destiny, but the stage is potentially set to get a little help in the playoff push.
As far as their remaining schedule, Indiana comes to the Shoe next.