No. 8 Ohio State puts away No. 24 Michi­gan State in fourth quar­ter

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - Sports -

Drue Chris­man kept Michi­gan State pinned back with a sen­sa­tional sec­ond half of punt­ing, and eighth-ranked Ohio State even­tu­ally pulled away for a 26-6 vic­tory over the 24th-ranked Spar­tans on Satur­day.

In a tight de­fen­sive struggle, the Buck­eyes (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) en­joyed a huge ad­van­tage in field po­si­tion dur­ing the sec­ond half. Chris­man’s punts forced Michi­gan State (6-4, 4-3, No. 18) to start its first five drives af­ter half­time from its own 5, 6, 3, 1 and 2yard line.

On the fourth of those pos­ses­sions, the Spar­tans had to punt from their own end zone. They took a safety that ap­peared in­ten­tional, giv­ing Ohio State a 9-6 lead, but that did lit­tle to help flip the field po­si­tion. The en­su­ing free kick went out of bounds, giv­ing the Buck­eyes the ball at the 50, and then Chris­man pinned Michi­gan State back again.

Ohio State cap­i­tal­ized on that punt when a shot­gun snap by Michi­gan State hit the man in mo­tion. Dre'Mont Jones re­cov­ered the fum­ble for the Buck­eyes in the end zone, giv­ing Ohio State a 16-6 ad­van­tage.

Both of­fenses found the go­ing tough. Michi­gan State was 2 for 16 on third down. The Spar­tans used both Brian Lew­erke and Rocky Lom­bardi at quar­ter­back but never reached the end zone.

Chris­man’s day ac­tu­ally started in em­bar­rass­ing fash­ion when his first punt went for only 4 yards, but Michi­gan State couldn’t take ad­van­tage. Ohio State opened the scor­ing late in the sec­ond quar­ter on a 1-yard pass from Dwayne Hask­ins to Par­ris Campbell. It was 7-3 at half­time.

The Spar­tans had a third-quar­ter touch­down called back for a penalty. They set­tled for a field goal on that drive to make it 7-6, but that was as close as they got.

NO­TABLE

No. 7 West Vir­ginia 47, TCU 10: Will Grier threw three touch­down passes and West Vir­ginia rolled to a home vic­tory over TCU. West Vir­ginia (8-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 9 CFP) had no trou­ble against the in­jury-riddled Horned Frogs (4-6, 2-5) as it pur­sues a pos­si­ble berth in the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game with two reg­u­lar-sea­son games left. No. 11 UCF 35, Navy 24: McKenzie Mil­ton threw for two touch­downs and ran for a third, help­ing UCF ex­tend the na­tion’s long­est win­ning streak to 22 games with a home vic­tory over Navy.

No. 21 Penn State 22, Wis­con­sin 10: Trace McSor­ley tied Penn State’s record for wins by a quar­ter­back with his 29th, and the Nit­tany Lions beat Wis­con­sin at home.

LATE FRI­DAY

No. 13 Syra­cuse 54, Louisville 23: Moe Neal rushed for a ca­reer-best 159 yards and two touch­downs, quar­ter­back Eric Dungey ran for two more scores and passed for an­other, and Syra­cuse took ad­van­tage of five Louisville mis­cues to win at home.

Boise State 24, No. 16 Fresno State 17: Brett Ryp­ien threw for 269 yards and Alexan­der Mat­ti­son rushed for 143 yards and a pair of touch­downs to lead Boise State to a home win over Fresno State.

CAR­LOS OS­O­RIO AP

Ohio State quar­ter­back Dwayne Hask­ins hands off to run­ning back Mike We­ber dur­ing the first half against Michi­gan State on Satur­day.

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