No. 8 Ohio State puts away No. 24 Michigan State in fourth quarter
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.
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.
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.
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins hands off to running back Mike Weber during the first half against Michigan State on Saturday.