MichiganState’s performance on Saturday was one of its best, but in the end it simply couldn’t contain Braxton Miller.
The OhioStatequarterback ran for 136 yards and threw for another 179 and a touchdown to lead the 14th-ranked Buckeyes to a 17-16 victory over No. 20 Michigan State at Spartan Stadium.
Michigan State (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten) had a chance to get the ball back late for one final drive, but Miller and running back Carlos Hyde simply salted the clock away.
The Spartans’ last drive ended with Andrew Maxwell was hit on a third-down pass, forcing a punt. The Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) never gave the Spartans another chance.
Maxwell had a solid game, throwing for 269 yards and a touchdown while the receivers were much better. There were still several drops, but the improvement was significant.
Keith Mumphery had five catches for 79 yard and had an impressive run on a 29-yard touchdown catch.
But Ohio State took the lead back four plays later when Miller hit Devin Smith for a 63-yard touchdown strike.
Jordan Hall had a 1-yard touchdown run for Ohio State in the first half while Dan Conroy kicked three field goals, though he missed from 42 yards in the first half, a miss which ultimately cost the Spartans.