Ohio State Football: Big First Half Propels Buckeyes Over Spartans


Photo Credit: Jack Moreland/WDBM Impact 89FM
Photo Credit: Jack Moreland/WDBM Impact 89FM

Ohio State remains undefeated with a dominant win over Big Ten East foe Michigan State 38-3 in Columbus. 

The Ohio State Buckeyes improved to 10-0 overall and 7-0 in Big Ten play with an efficient 38-3 win over the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans fell to 3-7 and just 1-6 in conference play in the blowout loss. The Buckeyes used a very fast start to propel them to an easy win that was never in doubt throughout its entirety.

Ohio State received the ball to start the game and scored a touchdown on each of their first three possessions. Junior quarterback Kyle McCord pitched a ball to Junior wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. who ran in a 19-yard play into the endzone just a few minutes in. McCord then found Harrison Jr. on 26-yard and nine-yard plays to take a 21-0 lead just two seconds into the second quarter. 

A Michigan State field goal halfway through the second quarter made it 21-3 and were the only points they put on the board all night. Ohio State stayed hot in the second quarter as they capitalized on a nine-yard touchdown run by junior running back TreVeyon Henderson and an 18-yard receiving touchdown by Senior tight end Cade Stover. The score was 35-3 at halftime, with an Ohio State field goal being the only second-half points.

The quick start was a welcoming sign for Buckeye fans, especially coming off a halftime deficit in the previous outing. McCord played one of his better games in the scarlet and gray finishing 24/31 for 335 passing yards and three touchdowns with zero turnovers. Henderson led the rushing attack with 63 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Four other Buckeyes finished the outing with at least 19 yards on the ground.

Harrison had one rushing touchdown and two receiving touchdowns, also adding seven catches and 149 receiving yards in his all-around great performance. Stover continued his success this season with seven catches and 79 yards on the day, adding the last touchdown for the Buckeyes. Seven other Buckeyes registered at least one catch and at least 12 yards in the game.

Ohio State converted 5-11 third downs and held the Spartans to just 2-14. There were no turnovers in the game, but Ohio State only had three penalties and 25 penalty yards on the day. The Silver Bullets held Michigan State to just 182 total yards and just 88 passing yards, while the Buckeye offense exploded for 530 total yards of offense. 

With no turnovers, minimal penalties, and lots of players making big plays, this game went as expected but can still be appreciated by Buckeye Nation. This team is continuing to improve in different aspects every week, and another dominant performance next week will have fans confident with the big matchup up north quickly approaching.

Next up for the Spartans is another road test against the 3-7 Indiana Hoosiers. Ohio State will remain at home with a 4 pm matchup with the 5-5 Minnesota Golden Gophers.