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
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
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
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.
A strong finish lands the Rebels behind the Crimson Tide, who get fading Florida in the SEC championship game with a playoff berth within reach.
Clemson and North Carolina lead the pack, but how do the rest of the ACC rankings look after the last week of the regular season?
Stanford sits atop the Pac-12 Power Rankings after knocking off No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday night.
The Iowa Hawkeyes and Michigan State Spartans will settle the top of the power rankings on the field this Saturday.
Oklahoma established itself as the best in the Big 12, but teams 2-4 were a little harder to figure out.
With only currently 75 bowl-eligible teams to fill 80 bowl berths, at least two bowls -- and maybe more -- will need teams with 5-7 records.