But on the very first play from scrimmage following the Spartans' go-ahead touchdown, Thomas ran a quick slant, caught the ball from quarterback J.T. Barrett, broke a tackle and went the distance — 79 yards to the house to tie the game at 21-all.
My recollection is that this touchdown followed the missed field goal by the Spartans. Technically, it was the Buckeyes "very first play from scrimmage", but it came after a fumbled kick-off return that immediately followed the Spartans' go-ahead touchdown. Michigan State recovered the fumbled kick-off return, had an apparent touchdown called back for a holding penalty, couldn't convert on third down, and then missed a field goal wide left. The 79-yard touchdown pass from Barrett to Thomas was "the very first play from scrimmage" following the missed field goal attempt.