By Judge Nukk, Staff Reporter
The Michigan State Spartans defeated the Ohio State 17-14 in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday evening. Michigan State was lead by its strong defense, and backup quarterbacks Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry. The spartans star quarterback, future first round draft pick in the upcoming NFL draft Connor Cook did not play with a shoulder injury. Both offenses did not throw the ball well, with MSU’s two quarterbacks throwing for a combined 91 yards and one touchdown pass. MSU wide receiver Aaron Burbridge had 4 catches for 62 yards. Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett threw for 46 yards and a touchdown, also running for 44 yards on 14 attempts. This was Barrett’s worst game of the year by far, having one touchdown with 90 all-purpose yards. Michigan State ran the ball all night, allocating 203 yards in total behind running backs Gerald Holmes and LJ Scott, with Holmes getting a 4th quarter touchdown. The two quarterbacks for MSU O’Connor and Terry ran for 25 yards a piece as well. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott ran for 33 yards on 12 carries, a season low yards and carries for the Heisman contending running back.
The scoring started early in the second quarter after a first quarter with no offense, and plenty of defense. Ohio State’s scoring drive started on a Sam Hubbard forced fumble, sacking Spartan quarterback Damion Terry. Ohio State went 32 yards for the score, finishing it off with a 1 yard touchdown run by Ezekiel Elliott. MSU responded the next drive with a 9 play 75 yard drive, capping it off with a 12 yard pass from O’Connor to fullback Trevon Pendleton for the score.
The second half started like the first with 4 straight punts, but on the fourth punt Michigan State punt returner Macgarrett Kings Jr. fumbled the punt, leaving Ohio State with 1st and goal from the MSU 6 yard line. On the first play Barrett dropped and back lofted a pass up to wide receiver Jalin Marshall, who made a one-handed catch for a 14-7 Ohio State lead. MSU came right back with a 13 play, 75 yard drive, capping it off with a 2 yard run by Gerald Holmes.
With 4:07 left, MSU got the ball at the Ohio State 48 yard line with a 14-14 score. This MSU team was looking to get revenge on Ohio State from last year, who beat them 49-37 last in East Lansing, Michigan, MSU’s second loss of last year. MSU ran the ball straight at Ohio State’s excellent defensive line, getting the ball to the 23 yard line with 3 seconds left. MSU kicker Michael Geiger came on the field to attempt the game winning 40 yard field goal. Geiger had missed from 43 in the second quarter, but he nailed the 40 yard field goal as time expired. A perfect kick, and Geiger knew it from the instant it left his foot.
UPDATE: With MSU's 55-16 victory against Penn State on November 28th, they get to play Iowa in the Big Ten championship.