J.T. Barrett Breaks Drew Brees' Big Ten Single-Season Record with 43 Touchdowns

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2014

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Penn State in State College, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Ohio State won 31-24. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Ohio State freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett is the new single-season touchdown king in the Big Ten after tallying his 43rd total touchdown early in the Buckeyes' rivalry clash with Michigan.

ESPN Stats and Info confirmed the mark:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

J.T. Barrett is now responsible for 43 touchdowns this season, which is the new Big Ten single-season record #MICHvsOSU

College GameDay noted former Purdue and current New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees previously held the record at 42:

College GameDay @CollegeGameDay

J.T. Barrett, 43 TDs, breaks Drew Brees' Big Ten record for most TD responsible for in a single season. #MICHvsOSU

Nicole Auerbach of USA Today noted that Barrett's touchdowns have come at the perfect time for the Buckeyes:

Nicole Auerbach @NicoleAuerbach

Big drive from Barrett & the Buckeyes. Huge momentum swing heading into halftime, and OSU gets the ball to start second half.

Barrett set the new standard with a six-yard strike to Nick Vannett, who was wide open in the flat and waltzed across the goal line. It gave the freshman 34 passing touchdowns to go along with nine more on the ground in his first collegiate season.

Barrett has emerged as a legitimate playmaking star this season for Ohio State, although his starting spot in 2015 is still far from assured. With senior Braxton Miller returning from a shoulder injury next year, Barrett will have to further prove to Buckeyes fans and coaches that he's the man for the job. 

Not bad for a player who was only installed as the starter approximately two weeks before the 2014 season opener.

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