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“Spartan Dawg” defense is what you saw today as the Spartans revenged last years’ lost to the Buckeyes by beating them 17-14 in Columbus on a 41-yard field goal by Michael Geiger as time expired. MSU limited Ohio State to only 5 first downs and 132 total yards of offense, including only 86 yards rushing, thus denying Ezekiel Elliott at least 100 yards rushing in a game as he gained only 33 yards on 12 carries. In addition, the Spartans controlled the clock by dominating the time of possession by almost 2 to 1. It was just a tremendous performance by a unit that has been much maligned for most of this season. This game clearly showed how dominating the Spartans can be defensively!
MSU played the game without star quarterback Conner Cook, who was scratched after pre-game warm ups because he had no velocity on his passes, so Coach Dantonio used a two-quarterback system of junior Tyler O’Connor and sophomore Damien Terry. they also used a punishing running game which accounted for 203 yards, which helped to control the clock. Ohio State’s two scores came on two MSU fumbles, which allowed the Buckeyes a short field to work with.
The victory over the Buckeyes now sets up the Spartans to clinch the Big Ten East title with a win next week in the regular season finale at home against Penn State on “Senior Day.” Winning the East title will put the Spartans in the Big Ten Championship game against the Iowa Hawkeyes, who clinched the West title today by beating Purdue. A Big Ten championship title on their resume would no doubt put the Spartans in contention for one of the four playoff spots for the National championship.