J.T. Barrett leads Ohio State in win over Spartans

Written By kolimtiga on Minggu, 09 November 2014 | 12.56

EAST LANSING, Mich. — J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for two, and No. 14 Ohio State got past No. 8 Michigan State, 49-37, Saturday night.

The Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0 in Big Ten Conference) 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.

The Spartans (7-2, 4-1) probably will drop out of contention.

Barrett, who became the starting quarterback before the season because Braxton Miller needed shoulder surgery, completed 16 of 26 passes for 300 yards.

Ohio State's first drive ended in a missed field-goal try and another early possession fell apart because of penalties. After that, the Buckeyes scored a touchdown every time they had the ball until they punted in the final minute of the game.

Ohio State rolled up 568 yards against a Michigan State defense that was one of the nation's best a year ago and had been good enough to keep the Spartans in the playoff conversation heading into this showdown.

Michigan State led, 21-14, when Ohio State's Dontre Wilson fumbled a kickoff, giving the Spartans a chance to extend their lead in the second quarter. But a holding penalty wiped out a Michigan State touchdown, and the Spartans eventually missed a field-goal try.

On Ohio State's next offensive play, Barrett found Michael Thomas for a 79-yard catch-and-run touchdown that tied it, 21-21. Then Barrett threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith to put Ohio State ahead with 56 seconds left in the half.

After a Michigan State field goal to start the third quarter, Ohio State marched 67 yards in 13 plays, and Ezekiel Elliott's one-yard touchdown run made it 35-24. Barrett found Wilson for a seven-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give the Buckeyes an 18-point lead.

Jeremy Langford ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns for Michigan State, which gained 536 yards and did not have a turnover.

Ohio State is 21-0 in Big Ten regular-season games under Coach Urban Meyer.

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