(Saturday, October 1st)
Final Score: Michigan State 10, Ohio State 7
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Thanks to a stifling defensive effort, the Michigan State Spartans won in Columbus for the first time since 1998 and ended Ohio State's seven-game win streak in the series, with a 10-7 victory at Ohio Stadium.
Michigan State (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) got a decent performance from quarterback Kirk Cousins, who completed 20-of-32 passes, for 250 yards and one touchdown.
That score came in the first quarter, as Cousins connected with wide receiver B.J. Cunningham on a 33-yard strike, capping off a five-play, 65-yard drive.
Cunningham finished the game with nine catches, for 154 yards and the one score.
Michigan State came into the game as the national leader in total defense (172.3 ypg) and passing defense (101.0 ypg).
Ohio State (3-2, 0-1) found yardage hard to come by, managing a mere 178 yards of total offense against the nation's top-ranked defense. The Buckeyes were averaging 184 yards rushing coming into the game but finished with just 35 yards on less than one yard per carry (0.9).
The OSU passing attack finished with 143 yards, but both Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller were highly ineffective. Bauserman finished 7-of-14 passing, for 87 yards and OSU's lone score. Miller was 5-of-10, for 56 yards and an interception.
A scoreless second quarter was followed by a scoreless third. MSU's Dan Conroy made it 10-0 with just over 10 minutes to play in the game, with a 50-yard field goal.
In jeopardy of suffering their first shutout since 1993 and their first shutout loss at home since 1982, the Buckeyes scored on a 33-yard pass from Bauserman to Evan Spencer with just 10 seconds remaining in the game.
Ohio State won the time of possession battle, 31:34-to-28:26, but was just 4- of-16 on third-down conversions.
10/01 19:52:22 ET