J.T. Barrett, playing in his first game since being cited for operating a motor vehicle while impaired, finished a pedestrian 15-of-23 for 150 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, along with 74 rushing yards and another score against Illinois. After the contest, however, he talked about more than just his play on the field. Barrett addressed his legal issues with reporters.
"What I have to say about that," Barrett said, "is I am truly sorry for my actions. I know that the main thing about it is I wasn't thinking really about my position here at Ohio State. I faced the consequences and that's going to be a long-term thing I'm going to deal with.
"I'm moving forward. Like I said, I extremely apologize to Buckeye Nation. I never want to hurt Ohio State (with) what it's done for me as a person and also as a player. It was just a selfish act and that's it."
Barrett was suspended for last week's contest against Minnesota after the transgression, and Cardale Jones started at quarterback.
There's no doubt that Ohio State is at its best when Barrett is lined up behind center. Hopefully, moving forward, the headlines will only relate to his play on the field.