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Ohio State vs. Michigan State: Buckeyes edge out Spartans in Urban Meyer's Big Ten debut

The Buckeyes improved to 5-0 with a tough conference opener on the road against Michigan State.

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Big Ten determines MSU lineman did not gouge eyes

Big Ten officials reviewed the game tape and they have determined that Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Allen did not attempt to gouge the eye of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins during last Saturday's game.

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Ohio State and TCU will play in 2018 and 2019

Ohio State will play TCU in a home-and-home series beginning in 2018

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Buckeyes complain about eye-gouge to Big Ten

Ohio St. has sent in a video of a Michigan St. player allegedly gouging the eyes of a Buckeyes player through his facemask, and has reportedly filed an official complaint with the Big Ten.

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Ex-Meyer staffer says he never saw tape doctored

A staffer from Urban Meyer's time at Florida says that he never saw anybody doctoring film.

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Buckeyes find endzone, lead 17-13 after three

After a slow first half, the Ohio St. Buckeyes and Michigan St. Spartans have both picked things up in the second.

No. 14 Ohio St. holds a 17-13 lead over the Spartans heading into the fourth quarter, after both teams managed to put up 10 points in the third. Andrew Maxwell managed a 29-yard touchdown to Keith Mumphery to give Michigan St. a 13-10 lead, but Braxton Miller one-upped him with a 63-yard strike to Devin Smith that went for 6.

Michigan St. managed an impressive 50-yard field goal from Dan Conroy on their first possession of the second half to make it 7-6. That drive was helped along by a defensive holding call on Ohio St., and a 35-yard reception by Bennie Fowler from Maxwell. The Buckeyes answered back with a 13-play, 66-yard drive that ended in a Drew Basil field goal from 26 yards out.

Maxwell is out-gunning Miller, with 237 yards and a touchdown, though Miller has added 98 yards on the ground to his 157 yards through the air. If Michigan St. manages to lose this one, it will likely come down to the stat line of running back Le'Veon Bell, who has carried 13 times for just 35 yards heading into the fourth quarter.

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Buckeyes hold 7-3 lead at halftime

No. 14 Ohio St. is facing potentially their toughest test of the season yet in No. 20 Michigan State, but they're handling it well with a 7-3 lead at the half. It's closer than they'd like, of course, but they managing Le'Veon Bell on defense and that has the Spartans unable to gain any significant traction. Bell has just 24 yards off of eight carries, though he's pulled down six receptions for 44 yards as well.

Unfortunately for them, Michigan State is managing to contain quarterback Braxton Miller as well. He's still making plays out there, but he's been held back from making those explosive plays he's become known for under Urban Meyer. He's got 12 keepers for 65 yards and has been accurate through the air, with eight completions off of 11 attempts. One of those three incompletes was an interception, though.

The interception came at a poor time, too, as the Buckeyes were in Michigan St. territory at that point. Miller had either kept it or thrown for all eight plays on that drive, and Kurtis Drummond got his hands on one of the passes for the pick. Late in the first half, Michigan State had a punt blocked, but Miller fumbled on the second drive of the ensuing possession to give the ball right back. Conroy went on to miss a 42-yard field goal for the Spartans, keeping the score at 7-3.

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Buckeyes up after first quarter

No. 14 Ohio St. has a narrow lead over No. 20 Michigan St. through one quarter of play on Saturday, winning by a 7-3 margin. Jordan Hall managed the score for the Buckeyes, bringing in a one-yard rush on second-and-goal. That was the opening possession of the game, with Braxton Miller kicking it off with a 20-yard rush and extending it with a 13-yard rush later on. All-in-all, that drive took them 75 yards in eight plays.

Michigan St. then took over, and managed to get the ball to the Ohio St. 17-yard line before stalling out. Andrew Maxwell threw five-straight passes and Le'Veon Bell rushed twice for a loss of one yard on the drop. Still, three of Maxwell's four completions on the drive were to Bell. Still, they had to settle for a Dan Conroy field goal from 34 yards out to end the drive.

The quarter came to an end after three-straight punts, two from Ohio St. and one from the Spartans. Michigan St. started off the second quarter from their own 37-yard line.

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