Postgame Notes From Ohio State vs. No. 25 Michigan State

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 Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 105,306


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Ben Buchanan's 10 punts set a career high.


  • 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.