Recap: Ohio State's air raid embarrasses Michigan State, 56-7

Nolan Bianchi
The Detroit News

That was ugly.

Michigan State fell behind Ohio State in a hurry and could do nothing but watch as the Buckeyes raced out to a 49-0 halftime lead in Columbus before advancing with a 56-7 victory over the Spartans.

C.J. Stroud tied a school record with six touchdown passes in the first half, with two of those passes coming to Chris Olave, who tied and then broke a school record with his 34th and 35th career touchdown receptions.

Ohio State's Jaxon Smith-Njigba celebrates his touchdown reception with quarterback C.J. Stroud in the second quarter.

Second half

Ohio State runs out clock

Michigan State takes over at its own 24, trailing by 49. They can cover -41.5 with a touchdown here, in case anybody had an alternate spread.

They don't score, but Bryce Baringer does get a sick punt off. It's 74 yards and downed at the 2, as the Ohio State faithful sing, 'Hey, hey, hey, goodbye.'

Ohio State 56, Michigan State 7 (1:20 4th)

Ohio State runs out the clock.

FINAL: Ohio State 56, Michigan State 7

Ohio State adds to lead with first points of second half

Ohio State takes over at the 25, and both teams are just looking to get out of here without any injuries.

Kyle McCord moves the chains with a 5-yard pass on third-and-5. 

Ohio State continues to move the ball downfield, before calling a timeout on first-and-10 at the Michigan State 15.

Timeout #2 Ohio State (5:27 4th)

A few plays later, Ohio State gets into the end zone. The bright side? The second-half score is a very even 7-7.

Ohio State 56, Michigan State 7 (3:30 4th)

Michigan State, Ohio State trade quick punts in fourth

Ohio State takes over at its own 25.

The Buckeyes' passing game isn't nearly as potent under Kyle McCord, and Ohio State punts after three plays.

Ohio State 49, Michigan State 7 (13:35 4th)

Michigan State takes over at the 18.

Elijah Collins moves the chains with a 16-yard run, but that's as far as the Spartans get.

Bryce Baringer's punt is fair caught at the 25.

Ohio State 49, Michigan State 7 (11:58 4th)

Michigan State gets on board to start fourth quart

Michigan State gets it first-and-10 at its own 49. The Spartans are still looking for their first points, a task that becomes a little tougher without their best wide receiver.

After a 3-yard pass to Elijah Collins on third-and-5, Michigan State will go for it on fourth down. Collins moves the chains with a 10-yard run up the middle.

A 15-yard pass to Connor Heyward makes it first-and-10 at the 18.

After an incompletion, Keon Coleman hauls in a pass to make it third-and-4, bringing the first quarter to a close.

END 3RD: Ohio State 49, Michigan State 0

And Coleman scores on the first play of the quarter to give Michigan State its first points of the game.

Ohio State 49, Michigan State 7 (14:55 4th)

Michigan State goes 3-and-out, gets ball back with interception

Michigan State takes over at the 21, but they don't have it long.

Jordon Simmons gains a yard, loses a yard, and Payton Thorne throws incomplete on third down.

Bryce Baringer's punt is downed at the 29.

Ohio State 49, Michigan State 0 (5:47 3rd)

Ohio State trots out Kyle McCord at quarterback, and it looks like they're going to try and start running out the clock.

After five straight run plays, McCord throws his first pass: And it's intercepted by Justin White. White returns it to the Michigan State 49, where it'll be first-and-10 for the Spartans.

Ohio State 49, Michigan State 0 (2:27 3rd)

Michigan State punts quickly, Ohio State misses field goal

Alright, it appears Michigan State will choose to play this second half. The Spartans start with the ball at their own 24.

Tre Mosley gets Michigan State into Buckeye territory with a 46-yard reception on first down. The next three plays go like this: Sack for loss of 8, run for a gain of 1, completion for a loss of 1.

Bryce Baringer's punt is downed at the 12.

Ohio State 49, Michigan State 0 (12:34 3rd)

Ohio State moves the chains with a 16-yard completion, then Master Teague runs for 21, then Miyan Williams 10, and back to Teague for 6 to the Michigan State 35.

Oh hey, a stop. Drew Beesley sacks C.J. Stroud on third-and-6, and that'll bring out the field-goal unit.

Noah Ruggles misses the 38-yard attempt.

Ohio State 49, Michigan State 0 (7:17 3rd)

First half

First half leaders

Passing

MSU - Payton Thorne: 8/26, 77 yds.

OSU - C.J. Stroud: 29/31, 393 yds., 6 TD

Rushing

MSU - Kenneth Walker III: 5 atts., 24 yds.

OSU - TreVeyon Henderson: 9 atts., 63 yds.

Receiving

MSU - Tyler Hunt: 2 recs., 30 yds.

OSU - Chris Olave: 7 recs., 140 yds., 2 TD

Michigan State punts before halftime

Michigan State takes over at its own 26 to start the drive.

They pick up a first down with a run from Jordon Simmons, then get it first-and-10 at the 42. Three straight incompletions end the drive.

Bryce Baringer's punt is fair caught at the 19 and Ohio State takes a knee to end the half.

END 2ND: Ohio State 49, Michigan State 0 

Ohio State forces another punt, takes 49-0 lead

Michigan State starts its drive from the 23, down 42-0.

A loss of 2 yards after a first-down completion sets up third-and-5.

Timeout #1 Ohio State (5:46 2nd)

The third-down pass is incomplete.

Bryce Baringer's punt is returned to the 15 of Ohio State.

Ohio State 42, Michigan State 0 (5:29 2nd)

C.J. Stroud's first pass of the drive goes for 28 yards to the 43.

Oh hey, a sack! Michigan State brings down Stroud for a loss of 8 on first-and-10 from the Michigan State 47. On the next play? A 19-yard run up the middle to move the chains.

A throw to Chris Olave makes it first-and-10 at the 21.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba is then next Ohio State receiver to find the end zone.

Ohio State 49, Michigan State 0 (1:37 2nd)

Ohio State forces another punt, take 42-0 lead

Michigan State takes over at its own 25, trailing by 35.

A 9-yard run by Kenneth Walker is overturned because of a holding penalty, and that ends the fun for Michigan State. The Spartans punt three plays later.

Ohio State 35, Michigan State 0 (8:35 2nd)

Ohio State starts its drive from its own 43, and one play later, it's first-and-10 at the Michigan State 39.

An incompletion and 3-yard run brings up third-and-7, and Michigan State will call a timeout to prepare for this crucial play.

Timeout #1 Michigan State (7:59 2nd)

And Ohio State picks up the first down easily, then finds the end zone easily. Completions of 8, 16, 12 yards get the Buckeyes into the end zone.

Ohio State 42, Michigan State 0 (7:01 2nd)

Michigan State struggles to find offensive footing as OSU goes up 35

Michigan State takes over at the 25, trailing 28-0 in the second quarter.

Kenneth Walker rushes for 2, catches a pass for 4, and Payton Thorne's third-down pass is broken up. Bryce Baringer's punt goes for 53 yards.

Ohio State 28, Michigan State 0 (12:40 2nd)

Ohio State doesn't take long heading the other way.

A 14-yard run to start the drive, a 14-yard pass to Jaxon Smith-Njigba and a 27-yard completion to Chris Olave puts Ohio State at the 1. 

Miyan Williams rushes it in from a yard to put Ohio State up five touchdowns.

Ohio State 35, Michigan State 0 (10:02 2nd)

Ohio State forces turnover, takes 28-0 lead

The Spartans take over at their own 25, trailing 21-0 in the first quarter.

They pick up a first down, but Jordon Simmons fumbles on second-and-8 from the Michigan State 38, and it's recovered by Ohio State. That's a brutal break for Michigan State.

Ohio State 21, Michigan State 0 (0:50 1st)

Ohio State gets it at the Michigan State 44.

Completions of 3, 16 and 9 yards end the first quarter with a bang. It'll be second-and-1 at the 16 when we return.

END 1ST: Ohio State 21, Michigan State 0

Three more plays, and six more points. Ohio State finds the end zone on a 4-yard pass to Julian Fleming.

Ohio State 28, Michigan State 0 (14:05 2nd)

Ohio State quickly goes up 21-0 

Ohio State takes over at its own 29 after the missed field goal.

C.J. Stroud throws completions of 6 and 15 yards, then finds Chris Olave for a 43-yard touchdown pass that puts the Buckeyes up big.

Ohio State 21, Michigan State 0 (2:31 1st)

Michigan State misses field goal, still scoreless

Michigan State takes over at its own 16, trailing 14-0 in the first quarter.

Payton Thorne is sacked, then throws incomplete, to bring up third-and-14. Thorne fires a dart over the middle to Tyler Hunt that moves the chains with a gain of 14.

After Kenneth Walker rushes for 10, Thorne gains a yard through the air and then misses a deep shot to bring up third-and-9. Thorne nails a 21-yard completion to Jayden Reed to give Michigan State first-and-10 at the Ohio State 42.

Kenneth Walker rushes for 15, but then a couple incompletions bring up third-and-10 at the 29.

Reed catches a pass and appears to have the ball knocked out as he reaches for the first-down marker. The play is being reviewed.

After review, it's ruled that Reed never caught the pass, which is a decision that only a Big Ten official could have made.

Nevertheless, out comes Matt Coghlin for the 46-yard field goal try.

And he misses it. Spartans are still scoreless.

Ohio State 14, Michigan State 0 (3:34 1st)

Ohio State takes 14-0 lead on Michigan State

Ohio State takes over at its own 12, leading 7-0.

This drive doesn't take nearly as long as last one. After TreVeyon Henderson moves the chains on third-and-20 at the 20, C.J. Stroud finds Garrett Wilson for a 77-yard touchdown pass that puts Ohio State up 14.

Ohio State 14, Michigan State 0 (8:03 1st)

Michigan State struggles to find footing on opening drive

Michigan State takes over at its own 20, trailing 7-0.

Kenneth Walker loses a yard, and after a 16-yard completion to Tyler Hunt, the Spartans throw three straight incompletions to end the drive.

Bryce Baringer's punt is returned to the 12.

Ohio State 7, Michigan State 0 (8:03 1st)

Ohio State takes 7-0 lead

Ohio State takes over at its own 14 to start the game, then takes a false start penalty.

But the Buckeyes work their way downfield smoothly, methodically. Chris Olave hauls in two passes to move the chains, and the Buckeyes keep that pace the entire rest of the way.

Each new series of downs only lasts two plays, until C.J. Stroud finds Chris Olave in the back of the end zone as the Buckeyes take a 7-0 lead.

Ohio State 7, Michigan State 0 (10:42 1st)

Watch: Highlights from the Michigan State-Ohio State football showdown

Pregame

Michigan State and Ohio State each need a win to keep their Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff hopes alive. For the Spartans, it comes in the form of their biggest test so far this season.

How will Ohio State's 13th-ranked rush defense hold up against Heisman hopeful Kenneth Walker III? Can the Spartans' struggling defensive backfield keep the Buckeyes' potent receiver group contained?

No. 7 Michigan State at No. 4 Ohio State

►Kickoff: Noon, Saturday, Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

►TV/radio: ABC/760

►Records: Michigan State 9-1, 6-1 Big Ten; Ohio State 9-1, 7-0

►Series: Ohio State leads 34-15

►Line: Ohio State by 19.5