Spartans Cannot Figure Out Buckeyes; Lose 49-37
With ESPN's College Gameday in town and the playoff rankings being released week by week, it was important for both Ohio State and Michigan State to make their case. On Saturday night, Ohio State dominated Michigan State and won 49-37. Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback, J.T. Barrett picked apart the Spartan defense with ease going 16-26 for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Barrett also had 86 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns. J.T. Barrett had a handful of receivers he found success throwing to including Devin Smith and Michael Thomas. Smith had 129 yards on 6 receptions and 1 touchdown while Thomas had 91 yards on 3 receptions and 1 touchdowns. Ohio State's running back Ezekiel Elliott also played well on getting 154 on 23 carries yards rushing and 2 touchdowns.
Michigan State's offense played well in spurts but could not keep up with Ohio State. Connor Cook went 25/45 for 358 yards with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Cook did spread out the ball to most of his receivers with Keith Mumphery, Josiah Price and Tony Lippett. Mumphery ended with 3 receptions and 72 yards and 1 touchdown. Price ended up with 5 receptions and 72 yards with 1 touchdown. Lippett had 5 receptions with 64 yards and no touchdowns. Jeremy Langford did have another 100+ yard game as he finished with 137 yards on 18 carries and 3 touchdowns. MSU will fall to 7-2 (4-1) on the year and Ohio State will improve to 8-1 (5-0) on the season. MSU will travel to Maryland next week to face the Terrapins who are 6-3 (3-2) this year. Kickoff is slated for 8:00 pm on Big Ten Network.