Jody Victor : Ohio State 24, Michigan State 17

Jody Victor: In the 38th meeting between the two schools, No.1/1 Ohio State defeated Michigan State before 105,287 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Ohio State now leads the overall series, 26-12, and has won the last six meetings in a row.

The Buckeyes entered the game with Michigan State leading the nation in total defense, allowing just 211.86 yards a game. Ohio State held the Spartans, which came into the game leading the Big Ten in total offense (467.0), scoring offense (36.9) and second in rushing (242.7), to only three points and 185 total yards Saturday.

James Laurinaitis led the charge with a season-best 12 tackles.

Chris Wells ran for a career-high 221 yards on 31 carries, ranking ninth all-time in program history for yards in a game.

Sophomore tight end Jake Ballard caught his first touchdown of the season with a 14-yarder from Todd Boeckman on the opening drive of the first quarter. He finished the game with three catches for 35 yards.

Ohio State has won a school-record 26-consecutive regular-season games. The Buckeyes last lost a regular-season contest at Penn State, 17-10, Oct. 8, 2005. Overall, the Buckeyes have won 27 of their last 28 games. The previous record for consecutive regular-season wins was 21, set from 1967-69.

The Buckeyes have won a school-record 18-consecutive Big Ten Conference games, dating to the 17-10 loss at Penn State. The win over the Spartans broke the former record for consecutive conference wins (17), set from 1954-56, 1967-69 and 1974-76. The Big Ten record is 19, set by Michigan from 1990-92.

This week the Buckeyes face Penn State at State College. The game is Saturday at 8:00 pm – televised on ABC.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor