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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Michigan State knocks out Ohio State

By Brian Bennett


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Michigan State got an important, if unsightly, victory and nearly did it in historic fashion.

The Spartans beat Ohio State 10-7 in an offensively challenged game for their first win in Columbus since 1998, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Buckeyes. A touchdown pass from Joe Bauserman to Evan Spencer with 10 seconds left helped Ohio State avoid its first home shutout since 1982 against Wisconsin. Michigan State then recovered the onside kick.

Better keep those records for offensive futility handy for the Buckeyes, who are a complete mess on that side of the ball. Give an enormous amount of credit to the Michigan State defense, which came into Saturday ranked No. 1 in the nation statistically and certainly justified that. The Spartans should have won this game by a much more comfortable final score but made a litany of mistakes themselves.

Still, it's big one because they won on the road, which is where their season will be defined this year. Ohio State must go to Nebraska next week with all kinds of question marks hovering over the program. One of those includes whether Bauserman, who played the entire fourth quarter and finally got the offense moving, should replace Braxton Miller at quarterback.

More to come ...