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GAMEDAY College Football

Ohio State 49, Michigan State 20

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer

EAST LANSING, Mich. - C.J. Stroud tied a school record with six touchdown passes and No. 3 Ohio State coasted to a 49-20 win over Michigan State.

The Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) scored on their opening drive for the fifth straight game when Marvin Harrison Jr. caught his first of three touchdowns. TreVeyon Henderson ran for 118 yards and a touchdown before limping off the field with an apparent right leg injury in the third quarter.

The Spartans (2-4, 0-3) have lost four straight after winning their first two games this season.

Stroud was 21 of 26 for 361 yards. He became the first player in program history to throw six touchdowns in three games, a feat he pulled off in consecutive contests against Michigan State. Stroud threw an interception for the third straight game and the latest was returned 32 yards to pull the Spartans into a 7-all tie.

Harrison had seven catches, including some acrobatic grabs while draped by a defender, for 118 yards and three scores. Emeka Egbuka had five receptions for 143 yards and a score, a 69-yard catch on Stroud's first throw after his Pick-6 in the second quarter.

Payton Thorne was 11 of 18 for 113 yards with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Reed to pull the Spartans within eight points early in the second quarter before they gave up 28 straight points in the lopsided game. Thorne, who also threw an interception, could not rely on a running game that gained just 7 yards against the Buckeyes.

SEA OF RED

Michigan State's disappointing season and the proximity to Ohio led to a lot of Buckeyes fans watching the game at Spartan Stadium.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio State: The Buckeyes are the first Big Ten team to score 45-plus points in five straight games since Michigan did it, closing the 1946 season and picking it up again in 1947, and it will take quite a defense to slow them down.

Michigan State: A potentially promising season is crumbling for third-year coach Mel Tucker, who does not seem to have answers to fix his team's many problems on both sides of the ball.

INJURY REPORT

Ohio State: Henderson, who was hit hard by cornerback Charles Brantley, initially tried to stay on the field before tapping his helmet to let coaches know he was hurt. He later jogged on the sideline and talked briefly with coach Ryan Day, who did put him back in the game with a 29-point lead midway through the third quarter. Henderson missed the previous game with an injury and his replacement, Miyan Williams, ran for five touchdowns. Williams and receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba did not make the trip to Michigan State due to an injury.

Michigan State: Safety Jaden Mangham was taken to a hospital for evaluation after being carted off the field with an injury. Mangham appeared to take the brunt of a collision when he tackled Henderson late in the first quarter. As the cart approached the tunnel, Mangham flashed a thumbs up for the cheering crowd.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter OhioStMSU
OhioSt TD 10:50 Marvin Harrison Jr. 19 yd pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles kick) 7 0
MSU TD 8:32 Charles Brantley 32 yd interception return (Jack Stone kick) 7 7
OhioSt TD 7:11 Emeka Egbuka 69 yd pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles kick) 14 7
Second Quarter OhioStMSU
OhioSt TD 14:29 Julian Fleming 51 yd pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles kick) 21 7
MSU TD 10:43 Jayden Reed 18 yd pass from Payton Thorne (missed kick) 21 13
OhioSt TD 7:05 TreVeyon Henderson 1 yd run (Noah Ruggles kick) 28 13
OhioSt TD 1:20 Marvin Harrison Jr. 28 yd pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles kick) 35 13
Third Quarter OhioStMSU
OhioSt TD 9:46 Marvin Harrison Jr. 19 yd pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles kick) 42 13
OhioSt TD 3:04 Gee Scott Jr. 2 yd pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles kick) 49 13
Fourth Quarter OhioStMSU
MSU TD 5:40 Montorie Foster 25 yd pass from Noah Kim (Jack Stone kick) 49 20
Team Stats
  Ohio State Michigan State
First downs 29 12
  Rushing 10 1
  Passing 17 8
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 5-11, 45% 3-11, 27%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 46-237 20-7
Passing Yards 377 195
Return Yards 8 146
Completions-Attempts-Int 23-28-1 17-28-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--4 4--31
Punts 3 7
Punts-Average 52 48.9
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 4-49 6-45
Time of Possession 37:14 22:46
Ohio State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Stroud 21 26 361 6 1
K. McCord 2 2 16 0 0
Michigan State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
P. Thorne 11 18 113 1 1
N. Kim 6 10 82 1 0
Ohio State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Henderson 19 118 6.2 1
D. Hayden 14 70 5.0 0
X. Johnson 3 23 7.7 0
E. Egbuka 2 19 9.5 0
T. Caffey 4 9 2.3 0
K. McCord 2 1 0.5 0
M. Rossi 1 1 1.0 0
C. Stroud 1 -4 -4.0 0
Michigan State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Collins 2 9 4.5 0
J. Broussard 3 8 2.7 0
J. Berger 5 7 1.4 0
J. Simmons 2 6 3.0 0
H. Joiner 1 0 0.0 0
P. Thorne 7 -23 -3.3 0
Ohio State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Egbuka 5 143 28.6 1
M. Harrison Jr. 7 131 18.7 3
J. Fleming 4 81 20.3 1
R. Stocksdale 1 12 12.0 0
C. Stover 3 6 2.0 0
J. Ballard 1 4 4.0 0
G. Scott Jr. 1 2 2.0 1
T. Henderson 1 -2 -2.0 0
Michigan State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Reed 4 67 16.8 1
M. Foster 3 54 18.0 1
T. Mosley 6 40 6.7 0
G. Bernard 3 28 9.3 0
K. Coleman 1 6 6.0 0
Ohio State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
L. Ransom 1 0
Michigan State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Brantley 1 32
Ohio State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Mirco 3 156 52.0
Michigan State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Baringer 7 342 48.9
Ohio State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Egbuka 1 1 1.0
Michigan State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. McDonald 1 10 10.0
J. Reed 1 8 8.0
Ohio State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Trayanum 1 7 7.0
Michigan State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Henry 4 96 24.0
Ohio State Missed FG
Player Length
Michigan State Missed FG
Player Length




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