Buckeyes beat Spartans, 49-37
EAST LANSING, Mich. — J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for two in a sensational performance, and 13th-ranked Ohio State scored almost at will against Michigan State’s vaunted defense, beating the seventh-ranked Spartans 49-37 on Saturday night.
With one overwhelming offensive display, the Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) re-established themselves as the Big Ten’s dominant team under Urban Meyer, avenged their loss to Michigan State in last year’s conference title game — and boosted their case for a berth in college football’s four-team playoff.
Ohio State came into the game ranked No. 14 by the playoff committee. The Spartans (7-2, 4-1) were No. 8 and will almost surely drop out of contention.
Barrett, who became the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes before the season because Braxton Miller needed shoulder surgery, went 16 of 26 for 300 yards.
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