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Buckeyes shake off rough start, still trail Sparty at the half

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After watching his football team pull away from Missouri to claim an SEC crown, Gus Malzahn wasted no time stumping for Auburn to earn a spot in the BCS title game.  The way the Big Ten championship game began, it seemed as if the Tigers head coach could’ve saved his breath.

The way the first half ended, though, indicates the great SEC-Big Ten debate has the potential to burn well into the next couple of nights.

After falling behind 17-0 through a quarter and a half of play, and looking tentative, uneasy and undisciplined in doing so, Ohio State regrouped to score the final 10 points of the half and entered the locker room trailing Michigan State 17-10.  Another positive for OSU?  They get the opening kick of the second half as well.

Connor Cook led the way for MSU as the Ohio high school product passed for 182 yards and two touchdowns as a suspect Buckeyes pass defense was once again exposed.  Interference calls (two pass, one punt) on the Buckeyes aided the Spartans’ cause greatly as they ran out to that 17-0 lead with just over nine minutes remaining in the second quarter.

Bottled up for most of the first 21 minutes, Braxton Miller‘s legs awoke as he finished the half with 74 yards rushing against the top-ranked run defense in the country.  The surging Heisman candidate also accounted for OSU’s only touchdown of the half, a 20-yarder to Philly Brown that cut the lead to 17-7.  Carlos Hyde, who has rushed for 100-plus yards in seven straight games, has been held to 37 yards on eight carries.

An Ohio State win that sees the Buckeyes not only overcoming the deficit but easily pulling away from the Spartans could put the second-ranked and unbeaten Buckeyes in the BCS title game against Florida State.  An OSU second half that mirrors the first half could, win or lose, put Auburn into the BCS title game.

Let the conference debate rage for at least another 30 minutes of playing time…

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29 Responses to “Buckeyes shake off rough start, still trail Sparty at the half”
  1. bucrightoff says: Dec 7, 2013 10:23 PM

    Please finish the job and spare us all Sparty. Ohio State down 17-0 to Michigan State when they were roughly translates to being down 35-0 to FSU in the same spot. Ohio State, like their conference, just isn’t any good.

  2. ohioteamsusuallysuck says: Dec 7, 2013 10:26 PM

    Tie game. Bucks gonna roll now

  3. hehateme1 says: Dec 7, 2013 10:30 PM

    Wow, I was just thinking…Ohio state is actually playing a ranked team.

  4. hehateme1 says: Dec 7, 2013 10:32 PM

    The problem with msu is they don’t have anyone to throw the ball. Number once defense? They play in the big ten.

  5. hehateme1 says: Dec 7, 2013 10:34 PM

    Sorry msu. You can’t win a game if you don’t have anyone to throw the ball. Number 1 defense? You play in the big ten. Sit down.

  6. hehateme1 says: Dec 7, 2013 10:35 PM

    Wow, you mean ohio state (2) is playing a ranked team?

  7. bballnut50 says: Dec 7, 2013 10:45 PM

    bucrightoff-spare us your stupid comments! Go Big Ten. See ya SEC!!

  8. irishdodger says: Dec 7, 2013 10:45 PM

    MSU just had a huge stop after the Cook int but I don’t see MSU scoring again. Cook played a nice first half…probably his best passing all year but I think that’s where it ends. tOSU will pull away & win comfortably

  9. bucrightoff says: Dec 7, 2013 10:47 PM

    As I’ll keep saying, watching FSU win 59-10 is more than cool with me.

  10. bballnut50 says: Dec 7, 2013 10:48 PM

    Speaking as a fan of the only Football program in the nation with Back to Back to Back National titles!!! Thanks Auburn!! Go Big Ten! Ski-U-Mah!! :)

  11. dolphins4 says: Dec 7, 2013 11:19 PM

    Ohio state is changing their name to the suckeyes because they keep screwing up.

  12. bucrightoff says: Dec 7, 2013 11:23 PM

    A mediocre offense is lighting the Buckeyes up again. File this under: nothing new hear. And Florida State’s elite offense is going to send Urban into another “retirement”

  13. dolphins4 says: Dec 7, 2013 11:29 PM

    Somewhere in the the Ohio State coaches box Jim Tressle must be calling the offensive plays.Run ,run,pass and then punt.

  14. dolphins4 says: Dec 7, 2013 11:44 PM

    Urban Meyer must be Santa Claus because he is giving Auburn a trip to the national championship game.

  15. auburntigers34 says: Dec 7, 2013 11:46 PM

    Ohio State getting exposed when they finally play a top 10 team. What a shocker.

  16. realfootballfan says: Dec 7, 2013 11:47 PM

    Looking dim for TOSU. Way to confirm what everyone said about you being a fraud. I guess we won’t hear from the TOSU homers until next summer.

  17. dolphins4 says: Dec 7, 2013 11:50 PM

    Braxton Miller is no NFL quarterback.

  18. omniscient48 says: Dec 7, 2013 11:57 PM

    Ohio State has finally been exposed for the fraud that it was (the fraud being that they deserved to play for the BCS Championship). They are a good team, but not one of the elite teams. Kudos to Michigan State for coming back from that 24-17 deficit.

  19. footballnut85 says: Dec 7, 2013 11:57 PM

    Hahahahaha! Buh-bye Urban Legend!!!!!

  20. realfootballfan says: Dec 7, 2013 11:57 PM

    Wow, TOSU, exposed. Glad they won’t be going because Auburn is clearly the second best team in the country since they beat Alabama (think those two would split 10 games 5 to 5). We should get a real game next month.

  21. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Dec 8, 2013 12:00 AM

    Please go away Urb. Take your toys back to your room. Congrats to the Spartans.

  22. hehateme1 says: Dec 8, 2013 12:03 AM

    Urban Myers smells bad. No seriously take a shower. Maybe take some time off again.

  23. melikefootball says: Dec 8, 2013 12:05 AM

    Watching OHIO STATE you see why so many people question #2 ranking. They were fortunate last week and having trouble tonight. Stats of only beating one ranked team along with ranked 64 how did they get this ranking.

  24. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 8, 2013 12:07 AM

    As an Ohio State man who understands football…. I have always said… our biggest strength is our biggest weakness.

    I have always trusted Kenny Guiton’s arm more than Braxton Miller’s.

    Braxton Miller and Terrelle Pryor BOTH made the team vulnerable in big games that nrequired passing.

    Oh well…. you don’t make it to BIG GAMES without players like Miller and Pryor (with receivers like the current corps at Ohio State).

  25. be4bama says: Dec 8, 2013 12:15 AM


  26. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 8, 2013 12:16 AM

    This was the first team ranked in the top 10 in almost 3 years. This was a huge step up in competition for the Buckeyes this year and it showed.

    They are just not as good as advertised.

    That Spartan Defense is for real though….

  27. tttrojan4life says: Dec 8, 2013 12:25 AM

    Ohio State’s total lack of quality competition came back to get them.They beat some lousy teams- Florida A&M, Cal, Penn. St. , Buffalo, Purdue, Illinois, Indiana.

    The only real attempt to play anyone out of conference was SDSU. Northwestern was good when they played at least and so was Wisconsin.

  28. slobberknocker says: Dec 8, 2013 12:31 AM

    Congratulations to THE Ohio State Buckeyes whose record is now 25 and…uh oh…

    Dad gum, those ranked teams will get you every time buckeyes!!!

    Well, it’s okay,afterall you were this year’s Notre Dame

  29. be4bama says: Dec 8, 2013 1:53 AM

    Speaking if Notre Dame….enjoy the Pinstripe Bowl

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