(AP) – Ohio State quarterback 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 says in a statement Barrett was stopped at a Columbus police checkpoint early Saturday morning.
The 8-0 Buckeyes are off this weekend 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 Barrett if he had been charged with a felony. The misdemeanor charge gives coach Urban Meyer the discretion to pass down the punishment.