Michael Geiger kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired, sending Michigan State to a surprising 17-14 win over Ohio State on Saturday.
The win by the 9th-ranked Spartans wouldn’t have been a shock had it not been for the fact that they did it without their starting quarterback, Connor Cook. Cook’s shoulder injury kept him out of the game and gave Tyler O’Connor his first start as a Spartan.
The Buckeyes could not get their offense in gear, as they combined for…..you might want to look away for this stat….132 yards and five first downs on the day. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for only 32 yards, snapping his streak of 15 consecutive games with 100+ yards.
After the game, Elliott told reporters that he had played his final game in Ohio Stadium, essentially announcing his decision to turn pro following this season.
Cardale Jones made a similar statement via Twitter from the locker room. He Tweeted that he had walked into Ohio Stadium for the final time. Jones still has one year of eligibility left.
Ohio State falls to 10-1 on the season, snapping a 23-game win streak, and their chances for a return visit to the College Football Playoffs are in severe danger now. They must defeat Michigan next week, hope Michigan State loses at home to Penn State in order to get to the Big Ten Championship. A win against Iowa in that game might give the Buckeyes the push they need, but it’s all in doubt now.
JT Barrett started the game, but only completed 9 of 16 passes in a rainy and windy Ohio Stadium. He finished with 46 yards passing and 44 yards rushing.
Braxton Miller only touched the ball three times in his final home game, accounting for 9 yards rushing and 3 yards receiving.