ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett said he was simply trying to warm up, throwing some passes behind the sideline, when someone made contact with him and aggravated an injury.
Barrett left the game in the third quarter, limping off the field because his right knee was hurting. Dwayne Haskins relieved Barrett and helped lead the eighth-ranked Buckeyes to a 31-20 victory against Michigan on Saturday.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was livid after the game and called for an investigation.
“Too many people on the sideline,” Meyer said. “I’m so angry right now.”
Barrett said his knee twisted when someone tried to squeeze by him and it aggravated a problem he has been playing with all season.
“He was close to our bench,” he said.
It did not keep him from starting, but after a run in the third quarter he stayed down on the field and grabbed his right knee. He limped off the field and toward the locker room.
Barrett was 3-of-8 for 30 yards with a touchdown and ran 15 times for 67 yards and another score. He went out with Michigan leading 20-14 in the third.
The senior said he’ll play in next week’s Big Ten championship game against No. 5 Wisconsin, hoping to help the Buckeyes win and perhaps earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.
While Barrett was relatively calm about the contact, which he didn’t think was intentional, Meyer was clearly angry and wanted more information about what happened.
“It’s an all-out investigation,” he said.