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Ohio State On This Date: December 7th

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December 7, 2019 at 1:10pm
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Ohio State On This Date is a weekly look at Ohio State's record on the date of each game day. Today, we delve into the Buckeyes' performance on December 7th.

THREE THINGS 12/7
  1. This is the second time (0–1) Ohio State has played on December 7th. 
  2. The first game played on 12/7 was in 2013. The second ranked Buckeyes lost to No. 10 Michigan State, 34-24, in Indianapolis. 
  3. It's time for Ohio State to claim its third-straight Big Ten championship and get its first win on this date.

December 7th • Michigan State • Lucas Oil Stadium

The Buckeyes had the BCS title game and its 24-game winning streak on the line when they lined up across No. 10 Michigan State in Indianapolis. A victory would pit Ohio State against Florida State in the title game.

The Big Ten Championship game according to The Chicago Tribune:

Braxton Miller rushed for 142 yards, threw for 101 and accounted for all three touchdowns for Ohio State (12-1), which lost its first game in the two-year tenure of coach Urban Meyer while likely seeing its national championship hopes dashed. Carlos Hyde added 118 yards on the ground for the Buckeyes.

Cook staked Michigan State to a 17-0 advantage with a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes of 72 yards to Mumphery and 33 to Lippett, before Miller led Ohio State to 24 straight points over the second and third quarters. Miller found Philly Brown over the middle for a 20-yard second-quarter score and Drew Basil added a 28-yard field goal to cut the deficit to seven as time expired in the first half.

Miller capped the offensive surge with a pair of third-quarter rushing scores, but Cook put the Spartans back in front with a 9-yard TD toss to Price in the final stanza. Ohio State had one last chance to take control following a partially-blocked punt that gave it the ball near midfield, but Miller was stopped on a fourth-down run and Langford burst up the middle with a 26-yard scoring run six plays later to end it.

Many questioned why Hyde wasn't given the ball on the vital 4th-and-1. The powerful back had not been stopped for a loss the entire night and seemed to have a solid chance at picking up the first down. Instead, Michigan State stopped Miller and Meyer was destined to eat cold Papa John's pizza after his first loss as Ohio State's head coach.

 

GAMES PLAYED ON DEC. 7th
YEAR OHIO STATE'S RANK OPPONENT LOCATION SCORE B1G FINISH
2013 No. 2 MICHIGAN STATE N 24–34 2nd

 

OHIO STATE'S RECORD AGAINST OPPONENTS ON DEC. 7th
  RECORD WIN & POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 0–1 .000 24–34 24–34
HOME        
AWAY        
NEUTRAL 0–1 .000 24–34 24–34

 

RECORD AGAINST OPPONENTS ON DEC. 7th WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED 
  RECORD WIN & POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 0–1 .000 24–34 24–34
HOME        
AWAY        
NEUTRAL 0–1 .000 24–34 24–34

 

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