Michigan State can put itself in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten East with a win over Ohio State on Saturday. Follow the action here with live updates throughout the game by Eric Coughlin of The Detroit News.
MSU destroyed by OSU
Was Michigan State ever really that good? Was Ohio State ever really that bad?
The answer seems obvious, now, after OSU (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) blasted MSU (7-3, 5-2), 48-3, on Saturday in Columbus.
In the second quarter OSU was already up 35-0. In modern college football, no team has ever skipped the second half, so they played it.
Detroit Cass Tech product Mike Weber had a big day for OSU, going for 162 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns including an 82-yard back breaker in the second half.
The 45-point loss is the highest margin in a loss for MSU since Dantonio took over in East Lansing.
MSU hosts Maryland on next week, and OSU welcomes Illinois.
Final score: 48-3 OSU over MSU
Williams ran for a short game, no gain and another short gain to end the game. 48-3 OSU final.
MSU turns it over on downs
After a three-yard gain, Lewerke rolled to his right and hit White for a first down. A shovel pass to Noah Davis gained two yards, then Lewerke hit Jackson for a first down. London found room on the right side for a seven-yard gain, then London ran for the first down. From OSU's 47, Lewerke hit Rison for a seven-yard pass. On second down, London ran for a couple yards, setting up third and one. Lewerke snuck the first first down. Lewerke threw to the right sideline for Jackson incomplete, but OSU was flagged for pass interference. From OSU's 25, Lewerke hit London for 10 yards. Messiah DeWeaver came in at quarterback and was sacked. On second down, DeWeaver was sacked again. On third and 30, De Weaver scrambled back to OSU's 15. On fourth and 10, DeWeaver was sacked, turning the ball over to OSU. Still 48-3 with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter.
OSU goes three and out
OSU's Williams ran for a yard, then new OSU quarterback Haskins threw for a six-yard gain. On third and three, Haskins threw incomplete. OSU punted to MSU's six.
Fourth quarter begins, OSU's ball
Lewerke threw incomplete on first down, then Stewart ran for a yard on an end-around. On third and nine, Lewerke hit Sokol for a short gain, and MSU punted. Still 48-3 OSU in the fourth quarter now.
MSU gets it right back
MSU's Layne intercepted the ball in MSU's end zone on OSU's first play, so MSU got the ball back on its 25. Still 48-3 OSU.
Lewerke throws third interception
Lewerke threw incomplete out of bounds, then after a two-yard run, Lewerke was intercepted by Webb, OSU's third pick of the day. Still 48-3 OSU.
OSU hits another field goal, 48-3
Dobbins ran for nine yards, stiff-arming Dowell along the way, then ran for the first down to OSU's 29. After a Barrett incompletion, he ran for a short gain, setting up third and long. Barrett found Hill for the first down. Marcus Baugh caught an 18-yard pass on a wheel route, putting OSU in MSU territory, then Victor caught a pass for a first down. Weber then ran for two yards. Barrett then ran for a first down to MSU's 14. Barrett's pass in the end zone, intended for Victor, fell incomplete. Dobbins ran for a short gain, setting up third down. Dobbins caught a shovel pass for a couple yards, and OSU hit the field goal to go up 48-3.
MSU offense can't move ball, 45-3
After a five-yard gain, Holmes lost two yards, but Lewerke then threw for the first down. Holmes ran for no gain. Rison caught a pass for five yards, and Lewerke threw incomplete on third down. MSU punted to OSU's nine. Still 45-3 OSU.
OSU scores via field goal, 45-3
Dobbins ran for a yard, then Barrett hit Campbell for eight yards. On third and one, Barrett handed off to Dobbins who ran all the way down to MSU's 22. Campbell caught another pass and fought his way down to MSU's six. A Dobbins run lost a yard, then Dobbins lost a few more. On third and goal, from MSU's 10, a pass intended for Victor fell incomplete. OSU hit the field goal to make it 45-3 OSU.
MSU offense stagnant, punts
MSU started on its own 22. Scott ran for a few yards. Lewerke was sacked by Worley, setting MSU back to its 11-yard line. On third and 21, Scott ran for 11 yards, and MSU punted it to OSU's 32-yard line. Still 42-3 OSU.
Long ball puts OSU up 42-3
OSU got the ball to start the second half. From its 27, OSU ran a run-play for Dobbins that gained nine yards. After a horse-collar penalty on MSU, OSU got a first down in MSU territory. Barrett threw long down the right sideline to Victor, who broke a tackle to get into the end zone. OSU now has three touchdown drives of under one minute. 42-3, OSU.
Halftime, 35-3 OSU
White took a handoff and tried to find an open receiver but ended up scrambling for a five yards. Stewart caught a 10-yard pass with 27 seconds left and MSU took a timeout. Lewerke threw an incompletion, then hit Stewart for an eight-yard gain, but Stewart couldn't stay inbounds and MSU took their last timeout with 14 seconds left in the first half. From OSU's 28, Lewerke threw a quick pass to Scott, who got out of bounds with 10 seconds left in the first half. From OSU's 19, Lewerke overthrew White in the end zone. MSU hit the field goal as time expired, 35-3 OSU at the half.
MSU gets ball back on interception
After a short run, Baugh made a first down catch. Barrett threw a long incompletion, but MSU's Scott was flagged for pass interference. Barrett then threw an iterception to Dowell, giving MSU the ball near midfield with 59 seconds left in the half. Still 35-0 OSU.
Lewerke intercepted, OSU's ball up 35-0
Hayward brought the kick out to MSU's 22. Scott ran for four yards, then Lewerke hit White for a couple yards. On third and short, Lewerke was stuffed at the line, setting up fourth and one. MSU went for it, and Lewerke sneaked for the first down. Scott ran for a few yards, then Lewerke was picked off by Arnette, but OSU's Jones was flagged for roughing the passer and ejected for targeting, giving MSU a first down near midfield. After an incompletion, Lewerke hit White for a first down inside OSU's 35-yard line. Lewerke then threw a long ball down the left sideline, but no one was there except for OSU's Arnette, who got the easy interception. OSU's ball at its seven-yard line, up 35-0
Weber goes for 83-yard touchdown, 35-0
Weber found a huge hole and turned on the jets for an 83-yard score, 35-0 OSU. Weber now has 161 yards and two touchdowns.
MSU punts again, down 28-0
MSU started on its 27. Lewerke handed off to Holmes who got three yards up the middle, then a few more on a draw play. On third and five, Lewerke scrambled for a first down. After a one-yard run, Lewerke threw incomplete. On third and nine, Lewerke threw incomplete again, setting up a punt. OSU got the ball on its 17, still 28-0 OSU.
OSU capitalizes on turnover, up 28-0
Marcus Baugh caught a 14-yard pass, then Dobbins ran for a few yards to MSU's 8-yard line. On second and six, Dobbins caught a pass for a score. 28-0 OSU.
Lewerke fumbles, sets up OSU
Hayward was stopped on the kick return at MSU's 11. Scott ran for two yards, then lost two yards on a draw play. On third and 10, Lewerke scrambled and fumbled, giving OSU the ball deep in MSU territory.
Barrett scores again, 21-0 OSU
After an MSU punt, OSU started on its 32. Barrett ran for nine yards, then scrambled for the first down at OSU's 49. Weber exploded through the hold for a first down to MSU's 36. Barrett threw into the end zone incomplete, but MSU was flagged for an obvious pass interference, moving OSU to MSU's 21 with a first down. Weber ran for four yards, then five. On third and one Weber ran for a first down to MSU's six-yard line. Weber then ran inside the five-yard line, then a one-yard run. Barrett then ran up the gut for a touchdown. 21-0 OSU.
End first quarter, 14-0 OSU
OSU tackled the kick returner inside MSU's five-yard line. Lewerke sprinted out to his right and threw incomplete then overthrew White, setting up third and 10. Stewart dropped a short pass, ending the first quarter with OSU up 14-0 over MSU.
Barrett runs for score, 14-0 OSU
Dobbins ran for six yard, then three. On third and one, Campbell caught a short pass and ran into MSU territory. On first down, Barrett threw incomplete then hit Hill for a 12-yard first down. Barrett scrambled for a couple yards, then handed it off to Dobbins who ran for the first down. Dobbins then ran for three yards. On second and seven from MSU's 14, Barrett handed off to Dobbins who got six yards. On third and one, Barrett ran to MSU's 3-yard line, setting up first and goal. Barrett kept the ball, and ran to the right for OSU's second touchdown. 14-0 OSU.
MSU goes three and out again
Scott lost a yard, then Lewerke threw an incompletion. On third and 11, Lewerke again threw incomplete, intended for Stewart. MSU punted to OSU's 27. Still 7-0 OSU.
OSU goes three and out, MSU ball
Dobbins ran for three yards. On second down, the ball was snapped over Barrett's head, and he barely recovered it in time, moving the ball back to OSU's 14. Dobbins caught a short pass, and after a running into the kicker penalty, OSU punted to MSU's 30. Still 7-0 OSU.
MSU goes three and out, OSU ball
MSU started on its 19. Scott ran for three yards. Lewerke overthrew Davis for an incompletion. On third and seven, MSU committed a false start penalty, making it third and 12. Lewerke scrambled, then threw an incompletion. MSU punted to OSU's 29. Still 7-0 OSU.
Weber scores for OSU, 7-0
Barrett ran for 10 yards, then completed a seven-yard pass. Dobbins ran for 15 yards, then seven, followed by an incompletion. Weber then busted through the middle of the MSU defense for a 47-yard touchdown run. 7-0 OSU.
OSU gets two sacks on first drive
Michigan State started on their 25. White caught a quick four-yard pass. Scott found a lot of room and ran the ball to MSU's 49 for first down. After a two-yard Holmes run, Lewerke was sacked, moving the ball back to MSU's 40. On third and 18, Lewerke scrambled for 16 yards, setting up fourth and two in OSU territory. MSU went for it, and Lewerke ran for the first down. After an incompletion, Lewerke found Jackson for a short gain, setting up third down and seven. Lewerke was sacked by Bosa near midfield. On fourth and long, MSU punted to OSU's 13. Still 0-0.
MICHIGAN STATE VS. OHIO STATE
When: Saturday, noon
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
TV / radio: Fox / WJR 760
Records: Michigan State 7-2 (5-1 Big Ten), Ohio State 7-2 (5-1)
Line: Ohio State by 17.5