Oct. 1, 2011
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Ohio State 7 (3-2; 0-1 Big Ten), RV/No. 25 Michigan State 10 (4-1; 1-0 Big Ten)
Oct. 1, 2011
OHIO STATE POSTGAME NOTES Ohio State is 70-24-4 in conference openers since joining the Big Ten in 1913.
Ohio State is 55-6 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
Ohio State has 822 wins all-time, the fifth-most among FBS teams.
SERIES NOTES Ohio State fell to 27-13 all-time against Michigan State.
Prior to today, Ohio State won the last meeting with the Spartans, 45-7, Oct. 18, 2008 in East Lansing.
OFFENSIVE NOTES Evan Spencer's 33-yard touchdown reception from Joe Bauserman in the fourth quarter tied his career high for longest reception. It was Spencer's first career touchdown.
Braxton Miller's 33-yard completion to Chris Fields in the second quarter tied a career long. The reception marked a career long for Fields.
Fields' 45 receiving yards marked a career high.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES Ben Buchanan's 10 punts set a career high.
DEFENSIVE NOTES Since the beginning of the 2005 season, the Ohio State defense has allowed only 10 100-yard rushers during a span of 81 games and only six since the start of the 2007 season. Both of those marks are the third best among FBS schools during those spans.
OSU has surrendered 128 TDs in 81 games since 2005, the fewest in the FBS in this span. TCU is second with 133 allowed in this span.
Ohio State held Michigan State to 3-of-14 on third down conversions.
Sophomore free safety CJ Barnett claimed a huge interception in the Buckeyes' end zone on a fade attempt by MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins with 14:09 remaining in the fourth quarter. Barnett and Bradley Roby each have two of the Buckeyes' six picks this season.
Junior defensive back Travis Howard and senior linebacker Andrew Sweat led the team with a career high 10 tackles each vs. Michigan State.
The Buckeyes forced the first turnover of the game with 50 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Sophomore defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins claimed his first career fumble recovery following a fumble by MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins. Hankins notched a career-high six tackles.
Since the opening MSU touchdown in the first quarter, the next seven Spartan drives ended on three punts, a fumble, turnover on downs and a missed field goal.
The Silver Bullet Defense forced four three-and-outs and claimed two turnovers against the Spartans
Sophomore defensive back Christian Bryant notched a career high nine tackles marking the second-consecutive week the Buckeye has had top career performances.
Ohio State has only allowed three touchdowns in the second half through the first five games.
The Scarlet and Gray have held 67 opponents to 21 points or fewer since the start of the 2005 season - tied with TCU for the most among FBS schools.
The Buckeyes have allowed 120 touchdowns from scrimmage since the start of the 2005 campaign - the fewest in the nation among FBS schools in that span.