COLUMBUS, Ohio — Just when it seemed that Ohio State's quarterback situation was settled, J.T. Barrett has been suspended for the top-ranked Buckeyes' next game after being cited with a misdemeanor offense of operating a vehicle under the influence.
Ohio State said in a statement that Barrett was stopped at a Columbus police checkpoint Saturday morning. Other media outlets said the sophomore was arrested after trying to avoid the checkpoint near campus, then failed a Breathalyzer test and was released to teammate and fellow quarterback Cardale Jones.
Coach Urban Meyer decided on Barrett's punishment, athletic director Gene Smith told ESPN. The Buckeyes were off Saturday and play at home against Minnesota next Saturday.
The school's drug and alcohol policy would have required a two-game suspension for the 20-year-old if he had been charged with a felony. The misdemeanor charge gave Meyer the discretion to pass down the punishment.
Barrett made his first start of the season last week against Rutgers, throwing for 223 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-7 win. Jones had started the first seven games after beating out Barrett in a closely watched preseason competition. Jones was spotty even as the Buckeyes remained unbeaten. Barrett came off the bench against Maryland and Penn State to account for seven touchdowns and Meyer made the QB switch.
Barrett was the Big Ten player of the year last season but broke his ankle in the regular-season finale. Jones took over and led the Buckeyes to the national championship.
Ohio State has been No. 1 since the preseason and its quarterback competition has been one of the biggest stories this season. After the last game against Rutgers, Meyer acknowledged that it was comforting to go into the Buckeyes' open date with the quarterback situation seemingly resolved.
Iowa (8-0) stays perfect
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Unbeaten Iowa kicked off the supposedly soft part of its schedule with a win that wasn't exactly pleasing to the eye.
Coach Kirk Ferentz could not care less. All he sees is his Hawkeyes are undefeated.
Defensive back Desmond King had an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and 10th-ranked Iowa beat Maryland 31-15.
Akrum Wadley, LeShun Daniels and Derrick Mitchell had touchdown runs for the Hawkeyes, who enter November unbeaten for just the second time in 17 seasons under Ferentz despite gaining just 53 yards in the second half.
"I don't know how good we are as a football team. But our guys are working hard and playing together," Ferentz said. "To move to 8-0, that's a pretty significant accomplishment."
Iowa used a touchdown late in the second quarter to lead 21-0 at halftime. The Hawkeyes defense took over from there, and King's return put Iowa ahead 31-7 with 7:38 left.
"I'm not worried about the playoffs. I mean, we're still four games from the end of the Big Ten season," Ferentz said. "It just seems like if you win enough, good things will happen."
NO. 12 OKLA. ST. 70, TEXAS TECH 53: Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh each threw two touchdown passes, and Raymond Taylor ran for two scores for the visiting Cowboys. The combined points were the third-most involving a ranked team without playing overtime. Walsh found James Washington twice in the fourth quarter, one for 75 yards and then for 73 yards. OSU cornerback Ramon Richards returned an interception 59 yards for a score.
NO. 13 UTAH 27, OREGON ST. 12: Devontae Booker rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown as the host Utes maintained their one-game lead in the Pac-12 South over UCLA with four games remaining. Utah plays the Bruins Nov. 21. Travis Wilson completed 14 of 17 for 198 yards and a touchdown and ran for 56 yards and a score.
NO. 14 OKLA. 62, KANSAS 7: Baker Mayfield completed 27 of 32 for 383 yards and four touchdowns for the visiting Sooners. Sterling Shepard had 11 catches for 183 yards and a touchdown, and Samaje Perine added 90 yards rushing yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries for Oklahoma and coach Bob Stoops, who is 11-0 against the Jayhawks.
NO. 15 MICHIGAN 29, MINN. 26: Wilton Speight came off the bench and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jehu Chesson with under five minutes left and the visiting Wolverines stopped Mitch Leidner on a sneak as time expired. In his first game as interim head coach since Jerry Kill's retirement for health reasons, Minnesota's Tracy Claeys elected to go for the win over a potential tying field goal with the ball on the 1 and 2 seconds to play.
NO. 24 UCLA 35, COLORADO 31: Soso Jamabo rushed for the go-ahead touchdown with 8:28 to play as the host Bruins blew an 18-point lead before escaping. Josh Rosen passed for 262 yards and a touchdown for UCLA, which avoided a loss despite giving up 18 consecutive points in the second half and yielding 554 total yards.
Penn St. 39, Illinois 0: Christian Hackenberg threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a scoring pass for the host Nittany Lions.
Purdue 55, Nebraska 45: David Blough passed for four touchdowns and ran for a score, and cornerback Anthony Brown had three interceptions, leading the Boilermakers, who snapped a nine-game Big Ten losing skid and gave third-year coach Darrell Hazell his first conference win in Ross-Ade Stadium after losing his first nine league home games. Nebraska played without starting QB Tommy Armstrong, who has a right foot injury.
USC 27, Cal 21: Cornerback Adoree Jackson returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown for the visiting Trojans in their 12th straight win over the Golden Bears. USC won its second straight under interim coach Clay Helton.
Iowa St. 24, Texas 0: Joel Lanning threw a touchdown pass in his first start and freshman running back Mike Warren carved out another 100-yard rushing game for the host Cyclones.