COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 4 Ohio State topped No. 25 Michigan state 34-10 at Saturday night’s “blackout game” in Ohio Stadium.
OSU stormed the field in black and red uniforms after releasing a promotional video earlier this week that told MSU to “fear the darkness.”
The Buckeyes were first to score in Saturday night’s game when Blake Haubeil kicked a 39-yard field goal in the first quarter. OSU led MSU 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Ohio State was also first to put points on the board during the second quarter. Quarterback Justin Fields threw a 60-yard pass to wide receiver Binjimen Victor for the score, increasing the Buckeyes’ lead, 10-0.
But, the Spartans were quick to respond. Quarterback Brian Lewerke threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Darrell Stewart Jr. The score was 10-7 at that point.
Then, Fields threw a 21-yard pass to tight end Luke Farrell for another touchdown, raising Ohio State’s lead 17-7.
MSU placekicker Matt Coghlin then kicked a 39-yard field goal, decreasing their deficit. However, J. K. Dobbins ran 67 yards for a touchdown, increasing OSU’s lead yet again. The score was 24-10 at this point.
Then, with five seconds to play in the first half, Haubeil kicked a 43-yard field goal. The Buckeyes led the Spartans 27-10 at halftime.
Neither team scored during the third quarter.
Then the Buckeyes scored another touchdown in the fourth quarter when Fields ran 1 yard for goal. OSU beat MSU 34-10.
This game was the Buckeyes’ biggest test yet.
Since the Big Ten, which is divided into the East and West divisions, held its first conference championship game in 2011, Ohio State and Michigan State have arguably dominated the conference. Sixteen teams have competed for the Big Ten title since its inception.
However, the Buckeyes and Spartans have represented the East in four of the five Big Ten title games.
These two teams are also the only two Big Ten teams to have reached the College Football Playoff.
Next Ohio State takes on Northwestern in Chicago.