Ohio State's J.T. Barrett is one of the country's best quarterbacks, and he showed off his impressive scrambling ability on a wild play against Penn State late in the second quarter.
The Nittany Lions looked to have Barrett sacked for a big loss with just over two-minutes left to go in the half. A sack would have kept Ohio State out of field goal range, and could have probably kept the Buckeyes from adding to their 9-0 lead before the half. Barrett somehow escaped, stayed upright, and turned a big loss into a 19-yard gain and a first down.
A few plays later, Barrett turned another near-sack into a big completion to Terry McLaurin, who took it to the Penn State 13 yard line. Penn State eventually forced a fourth down, but Tyler Durbin managed to put some points on the board with his second field goal of the night.
J.T. Barrett's numbers aren't overwhelming—he is 13-for-22 for 125 yards and a touchdown through the air, and has 34 rushing yards—but he has Ohio State ahead in a raucous environment at Beaver Stadium. The game so far has been ugly, and somewhat reminiscent of Ohio State's overtime win there in 2014. That game was a huge one in the Buckeyes' run to the national title.
Ohio State leads 12-0 with 1:14 remaining in the second quarter.