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The Rundown: No. 8 Ohio State at No. 24 Michigan State

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November 8, 2018 at 6:20am
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THE PERTINENT INFO

When: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
TV: Noon // FOX
Announcers: Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft

This will be the 47th time Ohio State and Michigan State have faced each other in football. The Buckeyes hold a 31–15 advantage in the all-time series and are 16–5 when playing the Spartans in East Lansing. 

Mark Dantonio's team beat Maryland (24-3) last week. Michigan State is on a two-game winning streak, but the Spartans have not won more than two straight games this season. The team is without its leading receiver, Felton Davis III, after he tore his Achilles tendon against Michigan on October 20th. 

Dantonio is the only Big Ten coach to defeat Urban Meyer twice. However, Mark D. has never beat the Buckeyes when the game is played in East Lansing.  

Below, you might find some interesting facts about the teams, key offensive player stats, coach information, and team stats.

Ohio State

THE LAST TIME...

  • Ohio State played Michigan State, the Buckeyes beat the Spartans 48-3 in Columbus last year.
  • Michigan State defeated a higher-ranked Ohio State team in East Lansing was 1974. The unranked Spartans took down No. 1 OSU 16-13.
  • These schools faced each other on Nov. 10 was 1973. Woody Hayes' team defeated Denny Stolz's squad 35-0 in Columbus.
  • Ohio State was ranked in the top 10 and played a game on November 10th was 2007. The No. 1 ranked Bucks lost to Illinois (28-21) in the 'Shoe. 
  • An opponent returned a punt for a touchdown was in 2013. V'Angelo Bentley returned Cam Johnston's punt 67 yards on 11/16/2013 at Champaign
  • The Buckeyes lost an away game on 11/10 was 1894. Case blanked Ohio State 38-0 in Cleveland.

ON THE HORIZON

  • Ohio State has a six-game winning streak against Michigan State when the game is played at East Lansing.
  • Terry McLaurin is 52 receiving yards away from 1,000 for his career. When he reaches the milestone, it will be the first time in program history that the Buckeyes will have three 1,000 yard receivers on its roster.
  • Johnnie Dixon is 143 yards away from 1,000 career receiving yards. Ohio State has a chance to have four 1,000 yard career receivers on the team.
  • Dwayne Haskins is 278 yards from passing Joe Germaine for the single-season yardage record. 
Michigan State
 Michigan State University

GET TO KNOW MICHIGAN STATE

  • Michigan State is located in East Lansing, MI.
  • The university was established in 1855. 
  • The Spartans are in their 120th season of playing football. 
  • Sparty, the team's mascot, made its debut as a six-foot tall papier-mâché Spartan head in 1955.  
  • Michigan State football started as a club sport in 1885, but played its first varsity football game in 1896.

​TODAY'S TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

  1. Mark Dantonio is the only Big Ten coach to defeat an Urban Meyer Ohio State team twice. Who is the only other coach to accomplish this feat?
  2. What is the name of the MSU kicker who made the game-winning FG in 2015?
  3. When was the last time Ohio Sate lost at East Lansing?

Answers at the bottom of today's article.

2018 Player Comparison
Ohio State Buckeyes   Michigan State
OFFENSIVE LEADERS
DWAYNE HASKINS 3,053 YDS // 32 TD // 6 INT PASSING BRIAN LEWERKE 1,740 YDS // 8 TD // 8 INT
J.K. DOBBINS 684 YDS // 4.8 YPC // 7 TD RUSHING CONNOR HEYWARD 358 YDS //  5.1 YPC // 5 TD
K.J. HILL 695 YDS // 4 TD RECEIVING CODY WHITE 320 YDS // 2 TD
DEFENSIVE LEADERS
JORDAN FULLER
MALIK HARRISON
44 TACKLES JOE BACHIE 68
DRE'MONT JONES 6.5 SACKS KENNY WILLEKES 7.0
KENDALL SHEFFIELD 2 INTERCEPTIONS MATT MORRISSEY
DAVID DOWELL
2
SPECIAL TEAMS
C.J. SAUNDERS 6.3 YPR PUNT RETURNER BRANDON SOWARDS 6.7
JOHNNIE DIXON 20.0 YPR KICKOFF RETURN CONNOR HEYWARD 22.9
DRUE CHRISMAN 44.0 PUNTING TYLER HUNT 40.1
5 EDGE 5

 

THE COACHES

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer

  • 78–9 (.897) at Ohio State
  • 182–32 (.850) overall

Meyer was born in Toledo and grew up in Ashtabula. He attended the University of Cincinnati where he played football. He started his coaching career as a defensive backs coach at St. Xavier in 1985. Meyer then took a GA position with Ohio State between 1986 and 1987. His next stops were Illinois State (1988-89), Colorado State (1990-95) and Notre Dame (1996-2000).

Bowling Green (2001-02) was his first stop as a head coach. He then had stints in Utah (2003-04) and Florida (2005-10) before coming back to the great state of Ohio. 

Mark Dantonio

Mark Dantonio

  • 106–48 (.688) at Michigan State (12th year)
  • 124–65 (.656) overall as a college coach (15th year)

Mark Dantonio has won more Big Ten Championships (3), bowl games (5) and bowl appearances (10) than any other Michigan State head football coach. He joins Lloyd Carr, Urban Meyer, Joe Paterno, Bo Schembechler and Jim Tressel as the only Big Ten coaches to have at least six 10-win seasons. 

Dantonio spent three years as the defensive coordinator at Ohio State (2001-03) where he served under Jim Tressel. During Dantonio’s tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes posted a combined record of 32–6 (.842), including the 2002 National Championship. Dantonio also was a graduate assistant at Ohio State under Earle Bruce in 1983-84. He is 3–6 when facing the Buckeyes as Michigan State's head coach.

Dantonio was born in El Paso, Texas. His family moved to Zanesville when he was one because his father took the vice principal and basketball coaching position at Zanesville High School. Dantonio graduated from Zanesville where he was an all-state safety for the Blue Devils. Earlier this year, he was honored by his hometown during the school district's 200th anniversary. Dantonio gave a speech that was also attended by former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel.

He played college football at South Carolina where he earned three varsity letters for the Gamecocks as a DB between 1976-78. Upon graduating with a degree in education, Dantonio transferred to Ohio University where earned his master's degree and joined the football staff as a graduate assistant.

After many assistant positions, including Ohio State (2001-03) he was hired by Cincinnati as head coach in 2004. Dantonio won a bowl game with the Bearcats and was hired by Michigan State in 2006.

CLIFF CLAVEN'S LITTLE KNOWN FACTS CORNER

Cliff Claven
 
  • 48-3. Last year's 45-point victory is Ohio State's largest against Michigan State. It is also the worst defeat in Dantonio's time at MSU.
  • Dwayne Haskins leads the nation with 32 passing touchdowns. 
  • The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in scoring offense (42.2), total offense (547.2) and passing offense (369.1).
  • The Buckeyes are now 6–0 after a regular season loss with Urban Meyer as head coach. 
  • Johnnie Dixon had a career high 96 receiving yards on 5 receptions last week against Nebraska. He also caught his 13th career TD and is now tied for 16th all-time at Ohio State.
  • The Buckeyes have four players from Michigan: Joshua Alabi, Michael Jordan, Bradley Robinson and Mike Weber.
  • Haskins' streak of completing at least 20 passes in a game ended last week at eight. That is a school record.
  • The Buckeyes are 8–0 when J.K. Dobbins rushes for 100 yards and 7–0 when Mike Weber reaches the century mark. 
  • For the first time in program history, the team has two running backs with 2,000 career rushing yards on the same team.  
  • Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin are tied for the Big Ten lead with eight TD receptions.
  • The Buckeyes are ranked second nationally in number of 1,000-yard rushers (69).
  • Sean Nuernberger has made 216 consecutive extra points. He has never missed as a Buckeye.
  • Since 2012, Ohio State is 24–3 in Big Ten Road games (Penn State, Iowa and Purdue).
  • The Buckeyes are 6–0 on the road against ranked Big Ten teams since 2012.
  • Ohio State has scored 460 touchdowns since 2012, that is the most in the Big Ten during that time frame.
  • Michgan State's quarterback, Brian Lewerke, completed 11 of 20 passes for 87 yards and an interception in the win over Maryland last week.
  • The Spartans' defense has held opponents to under 100 rushing yards in 79 of the 154 games (.513) that Dantonio has been head coach.
  • Michigan State has 28 players from the great state of Ohio on its roster. 
2018 Statistical Comparison
Ohio State Buckeyes   Michigan State
OFFENSE
42.2 10th POINTS FOR 23.4 110th
178.1 55th RUSHING OFFENSE 125.6 111th
369.1 3rd PASSING OFFENSE 234.8 64th
547.2 5th TOTAL OFFENSE 360.3 105th
.481 12th 3rd DOWNS .323 125th
.756 116th RED ZONE .875 36th
DEFENSE
23.8 45th POINTS ALLOWED 19.0 16th
153.4 56th RUSH DEFENSE 71.7 1st
243.9 85th PASS DEFENSE 253.4 98th
128.6 57th PASS EFFICIENCY DEFENSE 118.83 37th
397.3 69th TOTAL DEFENSE 325.1 22nd
.323 17th 3rd DOWNS .318 13th
.880 96th RED ZONE .818 49th
SPECIAL TEAMS
7.0 93rd PUNT RETURN 6.1 101st
18.8 96th KICKOFF RETURN 24.6 19th
43.1 4th NET PUNTING 36.0 93rd
MISCELLANEOUS
+0.4 27th TURNOVER MARGIN +0.3 41st
8.0 112th PENALTIES 5.9 49th
9 EDGE 9

TODAY'S TRIVIA ANSWERS

Mark Dantonio is the only Big Ten coach to defeat an Urban Meyer Ohio State team twice. Who is the only other coach to accomplish this feat?

Answer: One, Dabo Swinney. 

What is the name of the MSU kicker who made the game-winning FG in 2015?

Answer: Michael Geiger. After making the deciding field goal, he streaked down the field flailing his arms. That loss ended Ohio State's 23-game winning streak. 

When was the last time Ohio Sate lost at East Lansing?

Answer: The No. 20 Buckeyes lost to No. 19 Michigan State (23-7) in 1999.

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