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.