Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • MSU 294
    • 132 OSU
  • Turnovers

    • MSU 2
    • 0 OSU
  • Possession

    21:50 38:10
  • 1st Downs

    • MSU 17
    • 5 OSU

Game Information

Ohio Stadium
Coverage: ABC
  • Columbus, OH 43210
  • Line: OSU -13.5
  • Over/Under: 53
Attendance: 108,975
11/22/2015 Associated Press

Spartans knock off Ohio State on last-second FG

Michael Geiger kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired and Connor Cook-less Michigan State ended Ohio State's 23-game winning streak.

Scoring Summary

Michigan State0701017
Ohio State077014
second QuarterMSUOSU
Ezekiel Elliott 1 Yd Run (Sean Nuernberger Kick)
10 plays, 32 yards, 4:04
Trevon Pendleton 12 Yd pass from Tyler O'Connor (Michael Geiger Kick)
9 plays, 75 yards, 4:48
third QuarterMSUOSU
Jalin Marshall 6 Yd pass from J.T. Barrett (Sean Nuernberger Kick)
1 play, 6 yards, 0:05
fourth QuarterMSUOSU
Gerald Holmes 2 Yd Run (Michael Geiger Kick)
13 plays, 75 yards, 6:30
Michael Geiger 41 Yd Field Goal
9 plays, 25 yards, 4:07

Research Notes

  • Ezekiel Elliott had 12 carries for a season-low 33 rush yards on Saturday and wasn't happy with the workload. The 12 carries were easily his fewest in the 6 Ohio State games decided by 1 score or less the last 2 seasons (previous low: 18 at Minnesota last season).

  • Michigan State committed two turnovers that resulted in Ohio State touchdowns. Ohio State had nine drives that did not start after a Spartans turnover; the Buckeyes did not gain a first down on six of them.

  • Michigan State beat both Ohio State and Michigan despite not leading for one second of game time. The Spartans trailed for 52:59 of a possible 120 minutes and never led until the clock hit 0:00.

  • Ohio State is now 22-2 when winning the turnover battle under Urban Meyer. Both losses have come against Michigan State.

  • Ohio State's 132 yards of offense were the fewest by an AP top-10 team in a non-bowl game in the last 10 seasons. The only AP top-5 teams with fewer yards in a game were Ohio State and LSU in the championship games following the 2006 and 2011 seasons.

  • Ohio State ran just 45 offensive plays, their fewest in a game in the Urban Meyer era (fewest by Ohio State since 2009 vs Wisconsin).

  • With the loss of Connor Cook, Michigan State went with a two quarterback system, Junior Tyler O'Connor and Sophomore Damion Terry. After leading the lone touchdown drive in the first half, the Spartans settled on O'Connor for the majority of the second half.

  • -Ohio State had 86 rushing yards, its fewest in a game since having 35 in a loss to Michigan State in 2011.

    -Ohio State failed to have a rush longer than 10 yards in a game for the first time since a loss to Penn State in 2008.

    - Ezekiel Elliott failed to rush for at least 100 yards for the first time in his last 16 games. He entered the game with the longest active streak of 100-yard rushing games (15) in the FBS.

    - Ezekiel Elliott did not have any runs in which first contact was made more than 5 yards past the line of scrimmage for the first time in the last two seasons.

  • OSU under Urban Meyer is 2-2 against Michigan State and 46-2 against everybody else.

  • J.T. Barrett was 0-4 on passes thrown 10 yards or longer. Last season against Michigan State, Barrett completed 3-of-6 such throws for 103 yards and a touchdown. Devin Smith caught two of those three passes, including the touchdown.

  • In terms of total offense, Ohio State's 132 yards was by far and away the fewest ever by an Urban Meyer-coached team. This was Meyer's 179th game as a head coach and the first that his team was held under 200 yards.

  • Michigan State has now won six of its last seven games as the Vegas underdog, including two wins over Ohio State. The underdog has now won the last five Michigan State-Ohio State games.

  • Ohio State has had three win streaks of at least 20 games. Each was ended by either Michigan State or Michigan.


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