J.T. Barrett's one-week suspension, as could've been predicted, did not have a drastic impact on the outcome of the Buckeyes' game Saturday night.
Even without the guy who accounted for 12 total touchdowns in the previous three games, Ohio State claimed victory behind the quarterback that started their first seven wins of this season to deliver yet another victory, this one a 28-14 defeat of Minnesota at Ohio Stadium.
Barrett was suspended for a week following his citation for operating a vehicle while intoxicated last weekend during Ohio State's bye week. Barrett was inserted as the starting quarterback for the first time this season in the team's previous game, a win over Rutgers, and he accounted for five touchdowns in that win.
But with Barrett suspended, Cardale Jones was back in the starting quarterback role following his one week away, and he threw for a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown in the Buckeyes' two-touchdown win. He's now 11-0 as a starting quarterback at Ohio State.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Buckeyes' defense opened the scoring when Vonn Bell intercepted Mitch Leidner's pass and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown.
Later in the quarter, Ezekiel Elliott rushed in for a 15-yard score after Jones hit Jalin Marshall for a big 44-yard gain.
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Jones' touchdown toss to Michael Thomas made it 21-0 in the third quarter, but the Gophers had some fight left in them, with Leidner throwing a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make it a one-score game. But Jones capped the night's scoring with a 38-yard touchdown run inside of two minutes remaining to end any upset bid Minnesota might have had.
Jones finished with 187 passing yards and a touchdown pass to go along with 65 rushing yards and a touchdown run.
Elliott had his usual triple-digit game, rushing 26 times for 114 yards and a touchdown. He's now at 14 straight games with at least 100 rushing yards.
The Ohio State defense stood tall, too, holding Minnesota to just 314 total yards, including just 33 rushing yards. Plus, the Buckeyes scored a defensive touchdown for the fourth time this season.
The Buckeyes improved to a perfect 9-0 with the win and remain one of just two undefeated teams in the Big Ten following Michigan State's loss to Nebraska on Saturday night.
Minnesota fell to 4-5 with the loss and are in danger of missing a bowl game this season. Games against Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin remain. The Gophers need to win two of them to become bowl eligible.