Oct 17, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones (12) taps the snap forward to wide receiver Braxton Miller (1) in the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

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For the second week in a row, J.T. Barrett entered the game at quarterback for the first time with Ohio State nearing the red zone, and for the second week in a row it had nearly instant positive results.

After Cardale Jones moved the Buckeyes to the Penn State 31-yard line, coach Urban Meyer went to Barrett coming out of the break between the first and second quarters.

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Barrett handed to Ezekiel Elliott on the first play, and Elliott ran up the middle for six yards to set up a third-and-7 that Barrett converted with a 12-yard run.

After an 8-yard run by Elliott, Barrett kept on a zone-read play and scored untouched from five yards out to put Ohio State on top 7-3.

A week earlier against Maryland, Meyer used started Jones but used Barrett in or near the red zone with great success.

While Barrett energized the Buckeyes' red zone offense, Jones had one of his best days throwing the ball, completing 21 of 28 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns.

That included a 4-for-5 start for Jones, but against the Nittany Lions it was a different story.

At the time of Barrett's first appearance against PSU, Jones was 5 for 10 for 34 yards and had misfired on a few of his attempts.

Jones returned on the following possession as the Buckeyes started at the Penn State 46, and they drove for another touchdown with Jones, Barrett and wide receiver (and former quarterback) Braxton Miller all taking snaps.