12:00 PM ET, November 6, 2004
Spartan Stadium, EAST LANSING, MI
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Ted Ginn Jr. had three touchdowns -- on a run, catch and punt return -- and Ohio State rallied by scoring the last 15 points in a 32-19 victory over Michigan State on Saturday.
Ginn caught four passes for 77 yards, including a 58-yard reception with 1:37 left, in a game of scoring streaks. He also had a 17-yard TD on a reverse and scored on a 60-yard punt return. He set a school record with his third punt return for a score and tied Ohio State's career mark.
A.J. Hawk's diving interception at midfield with 45 seconds remaining sealed the outcome for the Buckeyes (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) and made them bowl eligible. Maurice Hall scored on a 51-yard run with 25 seconds left.
Perhaps more than any team, the Spartans (4-5, 3-3) know 17-point margins are not safe. Dave Rayner's 29-yard field goal gave Michigan State a 19-17 lead with 3:06 left after trailing Ohio State by 17. Last week, the Spartans blew a 27-10 fourth-quarter lead in a triple-overtime loss at Michigan.
After Rayner's fourth field goal, Troy Smith connected with Ginn on a short pass over the middle and the speedy receiver sprinted for the go-ahead TD.
The Spartans had a chance to come back again, but Hawk's catch along the sideline handed them their second straight demoralizing loss and hurt their chances of playing in a bowl. Because Michigan State has 12 scheduled games, it has to beat Wisconsin and win on the road against Penn State and Hawaii to earn a bowl bid.
Ohio State's Troy Smith was 13-of-21 for 138 yards and a TD. Hall ran for 83 yards and a TD on 11 carries. Playing for Drew Stanton, out with a separated shoulder, Damon Dowdell was 29-of-46 for 262 yards with a TD and three interceptions.
The Buckeyes were ahead 17-0 with 2:50 left in the first quarter after Ginn scored two TDs -- on a punt return and a reverse -- in 88 seconds midway through the quarter and Mike Nugent made a 53-yard field goal.
Just when it seemed as if the Spartans were still thinking about the agonizing defeat, they came back.
On the ensuing drive, Dowdell's 8-yard pass to Jerramy Scott capped a 15-play, 86-yard possession. Rayner's 27-yard kick on the next drive and 44-yard field goal late in the second quarter made it 17-13.
After Lydell Ross fumbled in the third quarter, Rayner's 53-yard kick pulled Michigan State within a point. The field goal also broke John Langeloh's school record for points and field goals.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||6-14||8-17|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-0|
|TD||9:43||TED GINN JR. 17 YD RUN (MIKE NUGENT KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 17 yards.
|TD||8:15||TED GINN JR. 60 YD PUNT RETURN (MIKE NUGENT KICK)||14||0|
|FG||2:50||MIKE NUGENT 53 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 19 yards.
|TD||13:13||JERRAMY SCOTT 8 YD PASS FROM DAMON DOWDELL (DAVE RAYNER KICK)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 86 yards.
|FG||7:11||DAVE RAYNER 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 56 yards.
|FG||1:08||DAVE RAYNER 44 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 27 yards.
|FG||7:54||DAVE RAYNER 53 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yards.
|FG||3:06||DAVE RAYNER 29 YD FG|
Drive info: 14 plays, 67 yards.
|TD||1:37||TED GINN JR. 58 YD PASS FROM TROY SMITH (TROY SMITH 2PT RUSH)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||0:25||MAURICE HALL 51 YD RUN (MIKE NUGENT KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 56 yards.