Ohio State squeaks by Michi­gan State

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - The As­so­ci­ated Press

Mike We­ber ran for 111 yards and a touch­down, and No. 2 Ohio State held off Michi­gan State 17-16 on Satur­day af­ter the Spar­tans missed a 2-point con­ver­sion with 4:41 re­main­ing.

Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) can now move on to next week­end’s show­down with ri­val Michi­gan, but only af­ter with­stand­ing a spir­ited chal­lenge from a Michi­gan State team that de­railed the Buck­eyes’ na­tional ti­tle bids in two of the pre­vi­ous three sea­sons. The Spar­tans (3-8, 1-7) were down 17-10 when LJ Scott scored on a 1-yard run with 4:41 to play. Michi­gan State went for the lead, but Tyler O’Con­nor’s pass on the 2-point con­ver­sion at­tempt was in­ter­cepted in the end zone.

Michi­gan State coach Mark Dan­to­nio said he’d planned all week for the Spar­tans to go for 2 if a sit­u­a­tion like that came up.

The Spar­tans got the ball back one more time, at their own 20 with 2:04 re­main­ing. Tyquan Lewis sacked O’Con­nor on the first play, and then Gareon Con­ley in­ter­cepted him on the sec­ond.

Scott ran for 160 yards and also scored on a 64yard catch-and-run in the first minute of the game, but the Ohio State de­fense didn’t al­low much more af­ter that. J.T. Bar­rett threw a 24-yard touch­down pass to Cur­tis Sa­muel in the first quar­ter, and the game was tied at 10 at half­time.

We­ber’s 4-yard TD run in the third gave the Buck­eyes the lead for good. T.J. Watt re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 17 yards for a touch­down, and Wis­con­sin scored 35 points in the fi­nal 8 ½ min­utes of the first half.

Alec In­gold and Bradrick Shaw each scored twice dur­ing the flurry, help­ing the Badgers (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 7 CFP) to their fifth straight win over­all and 11th in a row in the se­ries. They can wrap up the West Divi­sion ti­tle and earn a spot in the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game with a vic­tory next week­end at home against Min­nesota. Corey Cle­ment rushed for 112 yards and a touch­down for Wis­con­sin.

Pur­due (3-8, 1-7) closed out its home sched­ule with a sixth straight loss, five un­der in­terim coach Gerad Parker.


Ohio State’s J.T. Bar­rett, right, and Tyquan Lewis cel­e­brate fol­low­ing a 17-16 win over Michi­gan State on Satur­day.

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