Boxscore
Michigan State 10, Ohio State 7
Saturday, October 1, 2011 3:30 PM
Location - Ohio Stadium
Attendance - 105306

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Michigan State 7 0 0 3 10
Ohio State 0 0 0 7 7

Recap


No. 25 Michigan State’s top-ranked defense held Ohio State scoreless until the final seconds en route to a 10-7 victory on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. 

Kirk Cousins threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to BJ Cunningham in the first quarter to give the Spartans a 7-0 halftime lead, and Dan Conroy made a 50-yard field goal late in the third. 

It wasn’t much, but it was all the Spartans (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) needed against an Ohio State (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten) offense that struggled to move the football throughout the afternoon. The Buckeyes, who again started freshman Braxton Miller at quarterback, finished with 178 total yards and drove into Michigan State territory just three times all afternoon.

Ohio State was forced to punt on 10 of its 14 possessions, including five of its six in the first half. Joe Bauserman replaced Miller on the Buckeyes’ first possession of the fourth quarter, but was mostly ineffective until the final drive.

But by that point, it was too little, too late.

Bauserman completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Evan Spencer with 10 seconds left to bring Ohio State within three, but the Buckeyes couldn’t recover the onside kick.

Cousins threw for 250 yards for the Spartans, who won in Columbus for the first time since a 28-24 victory in 1998. Cunningham, the Big Ten leader in receptions, finished with a game-high nine catches for 154 yards. 

Ohio State, which lost for the first time in the last eight games against Michigan State, fell to 3-2 on the season after scoring its lowest point total since a 13-6 loss to then-No. 3 Penn State in 2008.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 7:44
Michigan State   TD  Ohio State 0 - Michigan State 7
4th Quarter - 10:35
Michigan State   FG  Ohio State 0 - Michigan State 10
4th Quarter - 0:10
Ohio State   TD  Ohio State 7 - Michigan State 10
TEAMS

Team Records

  Michigan State Ohio State
W/L 4 - 1 - 0 3 - 2 - 0
Conference 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Michigan State Ohio State
Score 10 7
First Downs 15 12
3rd Down Efficiency 3-for-14
21%
4-for-16
25%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
1-for-2
50%
Total Yards 321 178
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 31-71 39-35
Average/Rush 2.3 0.9
Passing
Comp-Att 20-32 12-25
Passing Yards 250 143
Average/Pass Play 7.8 4.2
Penalties-Yards 6-54 9-82
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Time of Possession 28:26 31:34

PLAYER STATS

Michigan State (4 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Cousins 20/32 250 1 2
Ohio State (3 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Bauserman 7/14 87 1 0
B. Miller 5/10 56 0 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. Bell 14 50 3.6 0
E. Baker 12 36 3.0 0
L. Caper 1 -1 -1.0 0
K. Cousins 2 -5 -2.5 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Hall 18 45 2.5 0
C. Hyde 5 33 6.6 0
J. Bauserman 7 -16 -2.3 0
B. Miller 9 -27 -3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Cunningham 9 154 17.1 1
K. Martin 5 45 9.0 0
K. Nichol 2 21 10.5 0
L. Bell 2 17 8.5 0
D. Sims 1 7 7.0 0
G. Celek 1 6 6.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
C. Fields 2 45 22.5 0
V. Reed 4 43 10.8 0
E. Spencer 1 33 33.0 1
C. Hyde 3 14 4.7 0
J. Stoneburner 2 8 4.0 0
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