After both Ohio State and Michigan opened with scoring drives, it appeared theories of a tight, defensive game were out the window.
However, the Buckeyes touchdown, and Spartans field goal were the only points of the half, and the score stands at 7-3 OSU at the break.
The Buckeyes are fortunate to still be leading after two second quarter turnovers. Braxton Miller threw an interception deep in Spartan territory, and then later coughed it up on the MSU side of the field.
The Spartans tried to cut into the lead with less than a minute to play in the half, but Dan Conroy missed a 42-yard field goal attempt. Remarkably, OSU opponents are just 6-12 on field goal attempts now this season.
Ohio State’s special teams turned in another play, as Bradley Roby blocked a punt. That possession ended with the Miller fumble, however.
The sophomore signal caller went 8 of 11 in the first half for just 62 yards passing. He ran 12 times for 65 yards as well. Carlos Hyde has carried three times with just four yards in his return from injury. Corey Brown (6 catches, 36 yards) is the leading receiver.
On the Michigan State side of the ball, Reynoldsburg’s Le’Veon Bell has carried just 8 times, picking up 24 yards. However, he’s been a viable option out of the backfield, catching six passes for 44 yards.
Quarterback Andrew Maxwell has completed half his passes (13 for 26) for 129 yards, and the problems Spartans receivers have had hanging onto the ball have continued.
Overall, the Buckeyes lead in total offense 164-155, with a commanding 101-26 advantage rushing the football. Third down conversions are another key area, as OSU is 3 of 6, while the home team is only 2 of 8