|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe Ohio State Buckeyes started the week at #8 on the College Football Playoff Rankings list. The Buckeyes may reach a higher position this week after their 31-24 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers, a team ranked at #25 in the playoff rankings at the start of the week.
The Buckeyes had a good start to the game with an 86-yard rushing touchdown by J.T. Barrett. This is the longest rushing touchdown by a quarterback in Ohio State history. Later in the quarter, Barrett completed a 57-yard touchdown pass to Jalin Marshall. However, the Gophers went for a comeback as Briean Boddy-Calhoun picked of a Barrett pass near the end of the first quarter. The resulting drive led to a David Cobb touchdown run.
In the second, Marshall fumbled the ball right outside the Gophers' end zone. De'Vondre Campbell got the ball back for the Gophers to save a touchdown. This led to a 30-yard toucdown run by Cobb to tie the game up. The Buckeyes took the lead at the half as Sean Nuernberger kicked a short field goal due to the Gophers' strong stand at the end zone.
After the Gophers missed a field goal in the third, Barrett completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas. This have Barrett his 37th touchdown of the year, breaking the Buckeyes' single-season touchdown record. The Buckeyes later worked harder to keep their lead as Doran Grant intercepted a pass. Vonn Bell got an interception of his own too. His interception led to Barrett's touchdown pass to Evan Spencer.
The Gophers made a run to catch up as David Cobb had a 12-yard touchdown run. Ryan Santoso had a 34-yard field goal with less than two minutes to go as well. However, the onside kick attempt failed, thus cementing the Buckeyes' win.
The 9-1 Buckeyes were led by 289 rushing yards with Barrett getting 189 yards. For the 7-3 Gophers, Mitch Leidner went 7-19 with 85 passing yards but also averaged nearly five yards per carry.
The Gophers did cover the spread; they were listed at +12 at home.