Nov 26, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) passes in the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Big plays carry No. 3 Michigan past No. 2 Ohio State 45-23

J.J. McCarthy threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns, added another score on the ground and No. 3 Michigan defeated Ohio State 45-23 at Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday.

Donovan Edwards added 216 yards rushing with two TDs as the Wolverines (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten) defeated the Buckeyes (11-1, 8-1) at Ohio Stadium for the first time since 2000.

McCarthy’s 45-yard TD pass to Colston Loveland early in the third quarter gave the Wolverines the lead for good at 24-20.

McCarthy followed that with a 15-play, 80-yard drive that took 7:51 off the clock by running in from the 3 with 13:10 remaining in the game. A defensive pass interference call on the Buckeyes’ Zach Harrison on a third-and-10 from the Ohio State 13 kept the drive alive and put the ball on the 2-yard line.

Noah Ruggles kicked a 27-yard field goal to pull Ohio State within 31-23 with 7:23 remaining.

Edwards followed with touchdown runs of 75 and 85 yards for the Wolverines to put the game away.

Ohio State held a 20-17 halftime lead even though McCarthy stunned the Buckeyes with 69- and 75-yard touchdown passes to Cornelius Johnson two minutes apart to give the Wolverines a 17-13 advantage with 5:36 left in the second quarter.

Johnson had four catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud responded with a 42-yard scoring strike to Marvin Harrison Jr. with 3:49 remaining in the first half to put the Buckeyes ahead at the break.

Stroud was 31 of 48 for 349 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Ohio State took a 7-0 lead on the first drive of the game, getting a 4-yard rushing TD from Emeka Egbuka.

The Buckeyes led 10-3 when McCarthy, on a third-and-nine from the Michigan 31, found Johnson along the left sideline. He spun from defensive back Cam Brown to score on the 69-yard play to tie it. After a Noah Ruggles 47-yard field goal put the Buckeyes up 13-10, Johnson was at it again for his 75-yard go-ahead score.

Michigan running back and Heisman Trophy hopeful Blake Corum was on the field for the first three snaps but did not play afterward because of a previous knee injury. He had two carries for 6 yards.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2021; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum (2) rushes chased by Ohio State Buckeyes safety Ronnie Hickman (14) and ornerback Denzel Burke (29) at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Miyan Williams, Blake Corum expected to play in Michigan-Ohio State tilt

Both No. 3 Michigan and No. 2 Ohio State expect to have their respective leading rushers for their all-important heavyweight showdown on Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio.

The Buckeyes (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten) will see the return of junior Miyan Williams after he missed last week’s game against Maryland.

ESPN reported that Wolverines junior Blake Corum is expected to attempt play after injuring his knee last week against Illinois.

Per the ESPN report, Corum would not likely play the full game and is not yet completely healthy.

Corum’s status in particular will be watched closely as he has put up one of the best seasons of any running back in college football this year. He ranks sixth in the country in rushing with 1,457 yards and tied for second with 18 rushing touchdowns on 245 carries while powering the Wolverines (11-0, 8-0).

But Corum, a likely Heisman Trophy candidate, went down in the second quarter last Saturday with a left knee injury. The effects were felt on the Wolverines offense in the near upset, with Michigan surviving on a last-second field goal.

Corum has scored a rushing touchdown in every game this season for Michigan’s run-heavy offense, and has reeled off eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games. He was the anchor in the Wolverines’ fourth-ranked rushing attack this season, with the team averaging 243.8 rushing yards per game.

Williams (117 carries) has had less than half as many carries this season as Corum, but the 5-foot-9, 225-pound back ranks among the nation’s top 10 in yards per carry at 6.7. His 783 rushing yards and 13 scores on the ground.

Williams’ health remains even more important for Ohio State with sophomore TreVeyon Henderson expected to be sidelined because of an injured foot.

The winner of the Michigan-Ohio State game will have an inside track to securing a bid in the College Football Playoff. The Wolverines snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Buckeyes last season, winning at home 42-27.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA;  Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum (2) rushes in the first half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Running backs in spotlight as No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan clash

In a showdown that could be decided by which powerhouse can successfully move the ball on the ground, the health of the running backs will be in the spotlight when No. 3 Michigan plays No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

The Wolverines (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten) rely on Heisman Trophy candidate Blake Corum, who has rushed for 1,457 yards on 5.9 yards per carry with 18 touchdowns, but he left the Illinois game last Saturday in the third quarter with a knee injury.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday that he had no injury update although that could be some gamesmanship because Corum told the Detroit News on Sunday, “It’s good. I’ll be fine. I’ll be back.”

The Buckeyes (11-0, 8-0) have the two-pronged attack of Miyan Williams (783 yards, 6.7 per carry, 13 touchdowns) and TreVeyon Henderson (571, 5.3, six), but they have rarely been used as a tandem in the game.

Henderson has missed three games due to injury and was hurt in the first half against Maryland last Saturday. Williams did not play versus the Terrapins, has sat out two other games and left another early.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day on Tuesday said he is hopeful they’ll be ready for Michigan.

“We’d like for them to practice, but if they miss a little bit we’ll adjust accordingly,” he said.

In their absence, freshman Dallan Hayden has filled the void. He rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns against Maryland and 102 yards and one score versus Indiana in the previous game, averaging 5.4 yards per carry in each contest.

“To see the way he stepped up last week was tremendous and encouraging,” Day said.

When asked if a healthy Hayden is better than Williams and Henderson if they’re not 100 percent, Day said, “I think it’s definitely worth a conversation.”

Michigan backup running back Donovan Edwards and edge rusher Mike Morris also were unavailable against Illinois — Harbaugh did not have updates — but Corum is the key.

“He’s a great player, but I think everybody else is just going to step up with him out and I think that we’re up to the challenge and we will do that,” Michigan left tackle Ryan Hayes said Monday on the possibility of Corum being out.

If Corum plays, he’ll be looking for a Heisman moment, as will Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, who has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 2,991 yards with 35 touchdowns and four interceptions. Michigan is No. 1 in the nation in total defense (241.3 yards per game) and second in points allowed (11.7).

The Wolverines’ 42-27 win in Ann Arbor, Mich., last season broke an eight-game losing streak to the Buckeyes, who are 17-3 versus Michigan since 2001.

“Looking up at the scoreboard, personally in my mind, not only did we fail our number one goal, I felt like I let them (past Buckeyes) down in that game,” Ohio State left tackle Paris Johnson said.

The Wolverines have lost nine consecutive games in Ohio Stadium since 2001 in the heated rivalry, but this is their first trip there since 2018 because the 2020 game was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s through a strong opponent that you figure out how good you are,” Harbaugh said. “I think you’re going to find we’re made of the right stuff.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; College Park, Maryland, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) catches a pass as Maryland Terrapins defensive back Deonte Banks (3) defends during the first quarter at SECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 Ohio State fends off pesky Maryland, 43-30

Dallan Hayden ran for three touchdowns as No. 2 Ohio State held off host Maryland 43-30 in College Park, Md., on Saturday.

Hayden, taking over when TreVeyon Henderson was reinjured, ran for 146 yards on 27 carries for the Buckeyes (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten). Quarterback C.J. Stroud was 18-of-30 passing for 241 yards and a touchdown.

Tulia Tagovailoa was 26 of 36 for 293 yards and three touchdowns for Maryland (6-5, 3-5).

Trailing by three in the third quarter, Ohio State safety Lathan Ransom blocked a punt for the second straight game, giving the Buckeyes the ball at the Maryland 14. Two plays later, Hayden rushed for an 8-yard TD to make it 17-13.

Noah Ruggles added a 47-yard field goal for 20-13 lead and Hayden ran for a 3-yard TD run with 16 seconds left in the third quarter for a 27-13 lead.

Tagovailoa ran for a 5-yard TD and passed for a 2-point conversion to Jacob Copeland to make it 27-21 early in the fourth quarter. After Hayden’s 13-yard touchdown, the Terrapins blocked the extra point and Jakorian Bennett returned it for two points and a 33-23 score.

Maryland pulled to within 33-30 on a fourth-down 1-yard catch by Jeshaun Jones with 9:49 left.

The Buckeyes chewed up 5:12 of the clock and Ruggles kicked a 45-yard field goal with 42 seconds left. Steele Chambers scooped up a fumble by Tagovailoa and scored from 1 yard out for the final score with nine seconds left.

Maryland led 13-10 at halftime on the strength of Tagovailoa’s 16 of 18 for 131 yards and a touchdown, a 1-yarder to CJ Dippre for the go-ahead score with 3:52 left in the second quarter.

Ohio State opened the scoring on their first possession, going 75 yards in six plays, capped by a 31-yard screen pass to Henderson.

Maryland has never beaten Ohio State in seven games since joining the Big Ten in 2014. The last time the series was played at Maryland, in 2018, the heavily favored Buckeyes won 52-51 in overtime when the Terrapins failed on a 2-point conversion.

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2022; Evanston, Illinois, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) rushes upfield during the second half of the NCAA football game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch

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No. 2 Ohio State aims to reignite offense vs. reeling Indiana

Ohio State looks to regain its swagger on offense when the No. 2 Buckeyes host Indiana on Saturday in Columbus.

After enduring torrential rain and a wind averaging nearly 30 mph to win 21-7 at Northwestern last week, the Buckeyes (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) want to take their frustrations out on the downtrodden Hoosiers (3-6, 1-5), who have lost six in a row.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day said Tuesday the running game remains a concern even though the Buckeyes produced 207 rushing yards vs. Northwestern after managing a combined 164 yards in the previous two games vs. Iowa and Penn State.

The Buckeyes were stuffed several times on short-yardage situations at Northwestern, including on third- and fourth-down needing a yard in the first quarter when Miyan Williams had the two runs for no yards.

“Of all the things that I was disappointed with on Saturday with running the football, short yardage was the one high on the list,” Day said. “You know they’re all going to be in (the box) and we have to convert in those situations.

“We all need to do better. Going back and watching the film, we have to block better, we have to run better. We have to try to do a better job of equating numbers, all of the above.”

Quarterback C.J. Stroud was among the Buckeyes who struggled, completing 10 of 26 for a career-low 76 yards and no touchdowns. However, he ran for a career-best 79 yards on six carries.

Still, Buckeyes’ 283 total yards were their lowest since they had 277 against Southern California in the 2017 Cotton Bowl.

Despite those numbers, Ohio State is the top scoring team in the nation (45.8 points per game) and is 14th in total offense (484.1 yards per game). That’s bad news for the Hoosiers, who rank 114th in scoring defense (32.2) and 104th in total defense (422.3).

“Coach Day continues to do a tremendous job with that program, and the way that they are playing right now, and at all three phases, obviously a lot of talented players, very good coaches,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said. “It will be a tremendous challenge for us to play on the road against such a really good football team.”

There is concern on the offensive side as well for Indiana. Starting quarterback Connor Bazelak, a transfer from Missouri, did not play last week due to an injury as the Hoosiers lost 45-14 to then-No. 15 Penn State. In addition, backup Jack Tuttle got hurt during the game.

Brendan Sorsby and Dexter Williams II finished the game, but Allen said Monday that Bazelak would start against the Buckeyes to lead an offense that is 100th in scoring (23.3) and 112th in total yards (329.0).

The odds are stacked against the Hoosiers leaving Ohio Stadium with a victory. They have lost 27 straight to the Buckeyes with Indiana’s last win coming in 1988.

“We will continue to fight and battle and that’s what this team is going to do and that’s what we are all about here,” Allen said. “But that’s part of being in the tough cycle we are going through right now, and we have to find a way to break through it.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2022; Evanston, Illinois, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Denzel Burke (10) tackles Northwestern Wildcats running back Evan Hull (26) during the first half of the NCAA football game at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch

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No. 2 Ohio State squeaks past lowly Northwestern

Ohio State overcame the elements and upset-minded Northwestern when Miyan Williams scored two second-half touchdown for the No. 2 Buckeyes in a 21-7 win against the Wildcats in Big Ten play at Evanston, Ill., on Saturday.

Heisman Trophy candidate C.J. Stroud of Ohio State (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) passed for a career-low 76 yards on 10-of-26 passing while being hampered by the adverse conditions. He ran for a carry-high 79 yards on six carries, including a 44-yarder late in the fourth quarter to set-up a 2-yard run by Williams to make it 21-7.

While Ohio State set an FBS record by scoring 20-plus-points in 70 straight games, breaking a tie with Oklahoma (2016-21), it wasn’t easy.

Northwestern (1-8, 1-5) lost its eighth straight but the Wildcats, a 38-point underdog, were tied 7-7 at the half.

Northwestern quarterback Brendan Sullivan was 10 of 14 for 79 yards. Evan Hull rushed for 122 yards on 30 carries.

Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson (foot) and wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (hamstring) sat out with injuries.

Williams broke a 7-7 tie with a third-down run of 27 yards with 8:44 left in the third quarter. He ran for 111 yards on 26 attempts.

The halftime score was as stunning as the way it came about in a game played in heavy rain at times and sustained winds between 20 and 30 miles per hour with gusts to 50.

Ohio State was held scoreless in the first quarter, against the wind, for the first time this season and did not tie the score until 2:26 remained in the half on a 15-yard run by Emeka Egbuka.

Stroud, who was 6 for 16 for 46 yards through two quarters, had a critical 16-yard keeper on a fourth-and-1 from the Northwestern 37 to keep the drive alive. He then ran for 6 yards on the next play before Egbuka’s score.

The Wildcats outgained the Buckeyes 140-118 by halftime, including 109 of that on the ground. Hull rushed for 16 of his 75 first-half yards for a TD in the first quarter and the 7-0 lead.
Ohio State has won 10 in a row against the Wildcats.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Cade Stover (8) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 Ohio State pours it on late to beat No. 13 Penn State

No. 2 Ohio State racked up 28 points in the fourth quarter, including two touchdown runs by TreVeyon Henderson, to defeat No. 13 Penn State 44-31 in State College, Pa., on Saturday afternoon.

After Kaytron Allen scored from a yard out on fourth down to give Penn State (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) a 21-16 lead with 9:26 left in the fourth quarter, the Buckeyes moved 75 yards in three plays, capped by a 41-yard touchdown run by Henderson to put Ohio State (8-0, 5-0) ahead for good at 23-21.

On Penn State’s next series, J.T. Tuimoloau sacked and stripped Sean Clifford at the Nittany Lions’ 24. C.J. Stroud threw a 24-yard TD to Cade Stover on the next snap to make it 30-21 before Penn State responded with a 44-yaard field goal by Jake Pinegar to get within 30-24.

Henderson ran for a 7-yard score and Tuimoloau intercepted Clifford and returned it 14 yards to make it 44-24 with 2:42 to play, giving the Buckeyes four touchdowns in a 6:09 span.

The Nittany Lions got a 5-yard TD catch from Allen with 1:12 left.

Tuimoloau finished with a fumble recovery, two interceptions, a sack and tipped ball that led to an interception.

Stroud connected on 26 of 33 passes for 354 yards and a touchdown. Marvin Harrison Jr. had 10 catches for 185 yards.

Clifford was 32 for 47 for 371 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions while Parker Washington had 11 catches for 179 yards and a score.

Penn State led 14-13 at the half despite a horrible start for Clifford, who threw interceptions on his first two possessions. The Buckeyes converted the turnovers into a 10-0 lead on a 38-yard field goal by Noah Ruggles and 4-yard run by Miyan Williams.

The Nittany Lions responded with 58-yard touchdown catch by Washington early in the second quarter. Penn State took a 14-10 lead at 6:50 on a 23-yard reception by KeAndre Lambert-Smith.

A Ruggles field goal of 37 yards made it 14-13.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) throws during the third quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 Ohio State vows improvement vs. No. 13 Penn State

Ohio State got away with a rare display of ineffectiveness in the red zone at home to beat Iowa last week, but the No. 2 Buckeyes know the same will not work on the road against No. 13 Penn State on Saturday at State College, Pa.

The Buckeyes (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) had 27 touchdowns and two field goals in 29 trips to the red zone before playing the Hawkeyes. While they kept the streak alive to go 7-for-7 in the red zone against Iowa, it was not in the manner expected during the 54-10 victory.

In the first half, Ohio State settled for four red-zone field goals after starting each drive inside the Iowa 35.

“I would say all of the drives that ended in field goals, we were obviously upset with,” Ohio State receiver Emeka Egbuka said. “So that’s definitely not the standard that we hold ourselves to week in and week out.”

Unlike Iowa, with its anemic offense, Penn State (6-1, 3-1) could make the Buckeyes pay. Sixth-year Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford rebounded from a subpar game, and an injured shoulder in the 41-17 loss to Michigan on Oct. 15, to go 23 of 31 for 295 yards and four touchdowns in the 45-17 victory over Minnesota last week.

“He is a veteran, he’s very smart. He’s good at reading what you’re doing,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “The receivers, they’re skillful. They can go up and win a lot of 50-50 balls. … I just think that whole operation will be a challenge for us.”

In turn, the Nittany Lions will present a challenge for Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, who leads the nation’s second-best scoring offense at 49.6 points per game (Tennessee is first at 50.1). Stroud threw four touchdowns passes, three in the second half, against Iowa to give him 28 for the season, although he has thrown an interception in four straight games.

“Stroud makes it go,” Penn State coach James Franklin said. “He throws on the run as well as from the pocket. He’s leading the Heisman race for a reason.”

The Penn State pass defense ranks third in the nation in completion percentage (50.7), allowing six TDs with seven interceptions. However, the Nittany Lions rank 79th in passing yards allowed (232.9).

Defense has not been a concern for the Buckeyes, who rank second in total defense (239.9 yards per game), third in passing defense (149.0), fifth in scoring (14.8 points) and eighth in rushing defense (90.9 yards).

Against the Hawkeyes they had three fumble recoveries, three interceptions and five sacks.

“It’s an arc. It’s definitely trended up and continues to trend up. It’s my job to keep that going. You can’t stay the same,” Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles said. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, it’s a habit. That’s Aristotle, I think. Not Jim Knowles.”

Ohio State has won five straight in the series, but the Nittany Lions will rely on the home crowd to pull the upset. The Buckeyes were 38-25 winners at State College two years ago, but that game was played in an empty Beaver Stadium because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve got to start fast on offense,” Franklin said. “That’s in practice. That’s in jog-throughs and obviously in games.”

This will be the first day game in the series at Penn State since 2009 and the Nittany Lions’ first noon start at home vs. the Buckeyes since 2001.

— Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Tommy Eichenberg (35) celebrates his interception return for a touchdown with safety Ronnie Hickman (14) and defensive end Zach Harrison (9) during the second quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 Ohio State leans on defense, field position to cruise past Iowa

Ohio State’s normally potent red zone attack was held in check, but the No. 2 Buckeyes’ defense came to the rescue long enough for the offense to get untracked in a 54-10 win over visiting Iowa in Columbus on Saturday.

C.J. Stroud, held to 105 passing yards and no touchdowns in the first half, threw four TDs in the second as the Buckeyes (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) pulled away. He was 20 for 30 for 286 yards with one interception.

Ohio State held a deceptive 26-10 halftime lead on the nation’s third-best scoring defense (9.8 points per game), but the Hawkeyes’ offense gifted the Buckeyes points.

Thanks to two turnovers by Iowa (3-4, 1-3) quarterback Spencer Petras, a botched fake punt and an Ohio State punt return, the Buckeyes had four drives start inside the Iowa 35 that netted only four field goals for the No. 1 scoring offense nationally (48.8).

Ohio State entered the game with 27 touchdowns and two field goals in 29 trips to the red zone.

The only touchdown for Iowa was a strip sack of Stroud and a fumble recovery return of 11 yards by Joe Evans to put the Hawkeyes ahead 7-3 within the first two minutes of the game.

Iowa trailed 19-10 when Tommy Eichenberg had a pick-six of Petras for 15 yards with 3:25 left before halftime.

The Ohio State defense had five sacks, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions.

The first two plays of the second half resulted in a Stroud interception followed by Iowa botching the snap and Ohio State recovering at its 45.

Alex Padilla replaced Petras (6 for 14, 49 yards and two interceptions) for the next series and Tanner McAlister got his second interception of the game at the Iowa 15. Four plays later, Marvin Harrison made a 6-yard TD catch for a 33-10 lead and Emeka Egbuka later had a 13-yard touchdown reception to extend the lead to 40-10 in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth, Stroud connected with Julian Fleming for a 79-yard score to make it 47-10.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2022; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Emeka Egbuka (2) gets tackled by Michigan State Spartans safety Jaden Mangham (1) after a catch in the first quarter of the NCAA Division I football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium.

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No. 3 Ohio State rolls to hand Michigan State another loss

C.J. Stroud passed for 361 yards and six touchdowns while directing six scoring drives of 75 or more yards when No. 3 Ohio State routed Michigan State 49-20 on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.

The Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) had touchdown drives of 80, 75, 98, 75 and 91 yards for a 35-13 halftime lead.

Marvin Harrison Jr. had seven catches for 131 yards and three touchdowns and Emeka Egbuka caught five passes for 143 yards and a score.

Stroud (21 of 26) had a 19-yard TD pass to Harrison on the Buckeyes’ first possession of the game but Charles Brantley picked him off the next series and returned it 32 yards to make 7-7. That was the only time the Spartans (2-4, 0-3) stopped the Buckeyes in the first half.

Stroud responded with a 69-yard score to Egbuka on the next possession.

Ohio State extended the lead to 21-7 on Julian Fleming’s 51-yard reception on the second play of the second quarter before the Spartans pulled to within 21-13 on a Jayden Reed 18-yard catch followed by a missed extra point.

Back came the Buckeyes to go up 28-13 midway through the quarter on a 1-yard run for TreVeyon Henderson. Harrison then got his second TD, a 28-yarder for a 35-13 lead.

Stroud in the first half was 15 of 18 for 285 yards as the Buckeyes had 429 total yards.

The onslaught continued when the Buckeyes took the second half kickoff and went 96 yards in nine plays, capped by Harrison’s catch of 19 yards for a 42-13 score.

Stroud’s final TD was for 2-yards to Gee Scott with 3:04 left in the third quarter to make to make it 49-13.

Henderson, playing for the injured Miyan Williams, ran for 117 yards and a TD on 18 carries in the first half but had a run for a yard to start the third quarter before leaving with an injury.

Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne was 11 for 118 for 113 yards, a TD and an interception.

–Field Level Media