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Ohio State vs. Michigan State: No punishment for alleged eye gouge

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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Big Ten conference officials have review the tape from last week's game between the Michigan State Spartans and Ohio State Buckeyes, and they have determined that MSU offensive lineman Jack Allen did not attempt to gouge the eye of OSU defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins during the game.

The Buckeyes filed a complaint with the Big Ten that included a video of the alleged incident, but the Big Ten announced on Thursday that Allen will not be suspended. Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis explained the ruling in a statement (via Cleveland.com):

"After a thorough review, the Big Ten has determined that MSU offensive lineman Jack Allen didn't violate the conference's Sportslike Conduct Policy," Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis said as part of a statement. "As athletics director, I had an opportunity to be involved in this review process and while his actions weren't a 'football play,' this clearly wasn't an eye-gouging incident."

The Spartans accused OSU and Urban Meyer of handing over game film late and doctoring it, prior to the game last Saturday. The Buckeyes claimed a 17-16 win in that contest.

Ohio State hosts No. 21 Nebraska on Oct. 6. Both teams are currently undefeated in conference play, and the Cornhuskers have suffered only one loss on the season.

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