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Ohio State vs. Michigan State 2012: Buckeyes prevail despite turnovers

The Ohio State Buckeyes won an ugly one Saturday against the Michigan State Spartans, but, as Land Grant Holy Land writes, a win is a win.

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The Ohio State Buckeyes outlasted the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday in East Lansing, 17-16, despite several turnovers.

Quarterback Braxton Miller played well enough to win, going 16-of-23 for 179 yards and one touchdown, but turned the ball over three times. The defense handled the added pressure Miller's turnovers put on them and prevailed with a victory in the end, but the win was by no means pretty. Matt Brown of SB Nation's Ohio State blog, Land Grant Holy Land, writes that it was ugly, but to start off the conference season, a win is a win.

OSU shot themselves in the foot multiple times, failing to take advantage of a blocked punt, and had 3 turnovers on drives that could have led to scores...At the end of the day though, it's a huge win for OSU as they establish themselves as the cream of this year's Big Ten crop. You take every road win you can in a place like East Lansing, and Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes can't hear you over how undefeated they are right now. 5-0 looks great from here, no matter how you get there.

Ohio State is one of only two undefeated teams in the Big Ten, along with Northwestern. Their next contest comes Saturday at home against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

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