(EAST LANSING, Mich.) — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller threw for 179 yards, including a 63-yard toss to receiver Devin Smith in the third quarter, to give the Buckeyes the lead for good, as they beat rival Michigan St. 17-16.
“Some gutsy effort against a hell of a football team here in MSU,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said. “It was a good Big Ten football game. I love these guys (his players), and I loved the way they played. That was a gutsy effort.”
Ohio States’ (5-0) defense held Heisman trophy hopeful Le’Veon Bell to 45 yards on 17 carries, and allowed the Spartans as a team to only 1.5 yards per carry.
Michigan State (3-2) has now lost two out of their last three. Quarterback Andrew Maxwell completed 22 of his 42 pass attempts for 269 yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, Urban Meyer becomes the third coach in Ohio State history to start his career in Columbus 5-0. The last coach to do that was Earle Bruce in 1979. That team ended up finishing the season 11-1.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN