November 10th, 2018

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No. 18 Michigan State Falls to No. 10 Ohio State, 26-6 Michigan State Official
In a tight defensive struggle, the Buckeyes (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) enjoyed a huge advantage in field position during the second half. Chrisman’s punts forced Michigan State (6-4, 4-3, No. 18) to start its first five drives after halftime from its own 5, 6, 3, 1 and 2-yard line.

Late mistakes doom Michigan State in loss to Ohio State Spartan Tailgate
Stuck in a loop of stopping the Buckeyes near midfield and regaining possession deep in its own territory, MSU gambled by purposefully snapping the ball out of the end zone for a safety on fourth down. The idea was to break the field-position cycle, and it fell apart instantly as Cole Hahn’s ensuing kick went out of bounds, setting the Buckeyes up on the 50-yard line.

Michigan State gives away game in 26-6 loss to Ohio State The Only Colors
If ever there was a game lost because of coaching decisions, it was Saturday’s loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes. In cold conditions, the Michigan State Spartans found a way to stay alive all game long against the No. 10 Buckeyes. But a handful of questionable coaching decisions prevented MSU from taking advantage. MSU dropped another home game, this time 26-6 in East Lansing.

Ohio State pulls away late for win at Michigan State
Michigan State’s defense gave the team an opportunity to pull off an upset against a top-10 opponent. The Spartans’ offense, however, prevented that from being a real possibility. No. 18 Michigan State (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) used a pair of quarterbacks for the second straight game, struggled moving the ball and made crucial mistakes late as No. 10 Ohio State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) pulled away for a 26-6 win in East Lansing on Saturday.

Michigan State implodes in fourth quarter in 26-6 loss to Ohio State Detroit Free Press
Michigan State football appeared ready to take Ohio State into another fourth-quarter fight. Then Mark Dantonio opted to take a safety instead of punting out of his own end zone with a freshman punter. And everything unraveled from there.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 26-6 loss Ohio State Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ performance on Saturday against the Buckeyes.

Michigan State offense sputters in loss to Ohio State The Detroit News
Michigan State’s defense played well enough to win on Saturday, holding the highest scoring offense in the Big Ten in check most of the game. However, the MSU offense continued to play poorly as No. 10 Ohio State took advantage and came away with a 26-6 victory in front of 74,633 at Spartan Stadium.

Michigan State botched a lot vs. Ohio State, including Rose Bowl chance Detroit Free Press
It was like watching bad, slapstick comedy. Somebody slips on a banana peel. Gets up and falls face first in mud. Then, gets up and fumbles in the end zone. Then, botches a punt. Then, botches an option.

Ohio State loss is on coaching staff Spartan Avenue
At some point, you have to look yourself in the mirror and admit that you’re the problem. That’s been tough to do for a prideful Michigan State coaching staff, but Mark Dantonio and Co. were the reason the Spartans squandered a valiant defensive effort against the Buckeyes, losing 26-6.

Outcoached and outplayed, Spartans fall in winnable game to Ohio State Spartan Nation
Coming off of back-to-back wins, No.18 Michigan State looked to continue its ‘November push’ on Saturday afternoon as the Spartans played host to No. 10 Ohio State at Spartan Stadium with the hopes of avenging last year’s 48-3 loss in Columbus.

Michigan State football stock watch post-Ohio State Spartan Tailgate
It was another lackluster and anemic performance by Michigan State’s offense Saturday, as the No. 24 Spartans fell to the 8th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 26-6 at Spartan Stadium. The defeat marks the first time in his career that Mark Dantonio has lost to the Buckeyes three straight times. It is also the first time since last season’s matchup against OSU that the Spartans have not scored a touchdown.

Michigan State wastes another defensive gem in loss to Ohio State
Michigan State’s defense held Ohio State to its fewest yards all season on Saturday. It held the Buckeyes offense to just 17 points, its lowest total of the season and less than half of its season average. And yet the Spartans still walked off the field on Saturday afternoon after a 20-point home loss to the Buckeyes.

Dantonio’s quarterback decision could shatter Spartans’ cohesion Detroit Free Press
Mark Dantonio’s postgame speech to his team after No. 24 Michigan State’s 26-6 loss to No. 8 Ohio State carried prevailing themes of unity. “Don’t start pointing fingers.” “Make sure we’re all accountable in this.” “To stay together and to stay close.” But it is becoming apparent that something will need to be done at quarterback to prevent things from falling apart for the Spartans.

Michigan State QB shuffle leaves unanswered questions Detroit News
Rocky Lombardi, sighed, took a long pause, and decided after a few seconds he’d pass on the question he was just asked. It was just after Ohio State had beaten Michigan State, 26-6, at Spartan Stadium on Saturday in another game where the Spartans’ offense couldn’t get anything going. It was also another game where the Michigan State coaching staff was going back and forth on quarterbacks.

Michigan State offense fails again in loss to Ohio State
Four quarters and just two field goals. That was the output for Michigan State on Saturday as the offense turned in another disappointing performance in a 26-6 loss to Ohio State in East Lansing. “The defense is keeping us in the game and it’s just really frustrating that time and time again, we can’t get it going,” quarterback Brian Lewerke said. “I feel very bad for them because they played their asses off, the defense did.”

Game of feet: Buckeyes punter sticks it to Spartans Detroit News
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has often said he believes the punt is the most important play in football. Sometimes it seems like a bit of an exaggeration, but on Saturday as Michigan State hosted Ohio State, the Spartans’ coach nailed it. The only problem was that it was the Buckeyes who fared best on the “most important play” of the game.

Michigan State’s offensive problems spill over to defense Ohio State loss Detroit Free Press
Michigan State had a stretch against Ohio State on Saturday where it started five straight drives inside its own 10-yard line. During those drives, linebacker Joe Bachie and the defense tried to aid the offense any way it could. With turnovers. “We got to try and get a turnover,” Bachie said. “We couldn’t get one. When we get the ball back and defense starting around the 50-yard line, we got to try and get a turnover in that situation right there.”

Grades for Michigan State’s performance against Ohio State Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch grades the Spartans on a scale of 1-10.

Couch: Dantonio’s QB decisions derail Michigan State’s chances against Ohio State Lansing State Journal
I don’t get how a football coach who values the inches can waste so many. And squander so much time. Six drives, to be exact. Six chances to score against Ohio State. Thrown away in part because Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio chose to start a quarterback who, if you listen to him, will tell you his arm’s not right and, right now, he has no shot.