Five takeaways from Ohio State's loss to Michigan State
Nov 22 2015
Michigan State kicker Michael Geiger (4) walks off the field in celebration after their 17-14 win over Ohio State in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. MSU didn't win up front at 3-6 Nebraska two weeks ago.
Michigan (9-2, 6-1) beat Penn State 28-16 on Saturday. The last time Michigan State beat Ohio State was the 2013 Big Ten championship game and that broke a 24-game winning streak by the Buckeyes and kept them out of the BCS title game. They won one, sure-but they've been derailed twice thanks to the Spartans of Michigan State.
Ohio State's passing game had never been as bad as it was Saturday, but it hadn't seen a defense quite as good as Michigan State's. As former running back Beanie Wells pointed out, coaches criticize players publicly all the time.
But when he didn't show enough arm strength in warm-ups, Dantonio turned to Tyler O'Connor and option specialist Damion Terry. After a game earlier this season, as Meyer sat eating a burrito outside a visiting locker room, the head coach stood to take a photo of the Elliott family.
Elliott carried eight times for 27 yards and provided the one-yard capper.
How many windmills did Geiger just do?
Michigan State lineman Brian Allen celebrates their touchdown.
Elliott said the fact he got only 12 carries was "very disappointing". As 13-point favorites, a number three national ranking and a sold-out crowd, it seemed the Buckeyes had it all going their way.
Ohio State's offense played so poorly it conceivably could have gotten shut out, a stunning departure from a team that led the Big Ten in scoring and entered this season with such a surplus of talent that coaches were worried about how to spread the ball around. The chip on the shoulder of Michigan State grew larger, especially with Connor Cook's shoulder too weak for him to play. Ohio State managed only 75 yards, and when the rain and wind picked up in the second half, the game became even more of a grind. Saturday marked the first time since Nov. 15, 2014, that he failed to break the 100-yard mark. MSU had 294 yards, including 203 on the ground. He tweeted after the game that this was his last game at Ohio Stadium, and of course it was his last game. After starting the week in the hospital with a previously undisclosed infection in his leg, the junior returned to the lineup Saturday, declared himself fully fit and then ripped the play calling in a 17-14 upset loss to No. 9 Michigan State at the Horseshoe. Ohio State went into today's game undefeated.
Senior day: Ohio State honored 18 seniors before the game, including three players from the Dayton area: hybrid back Braxton Miller, of Wayne; left tackle Taylor Decker, of Vandalia-Butler; and walk-on defensive lineman Christopher Fong, of Troy. They're likely headed to a New Year's Six bowl instead of defending their national title in the playoff. Anybody who has watched the Buckeyes knows his frustration didn't boil over because of one game.