J.K. Dobbins is the popular name of OSU’s backfield contingent, but sophomore Mike Weber made sure he wasn’t completely forgotten on Saturday.

Weber displayed impressive burst and received stellar blocks from his center Billy Price and right guard Demetrious Knox on a 47-yard touchdown run, his longest run of the season and the longest run allowed by Michigan State this year.

The Buckeyes assembled an impressive collection of plays on its third drive of the game, going 74 yards in 11 plays.

The Buckeyes dominated the first quarter, outgaining the Spartans 148 to 29. Michigan State’s first drive showed promise, particularly after Spartans quarterback Brian Lewerke ran the ball twice for a first down after being faced with a third-and-18 near midfield.

The Buckeyes stymied the Spartans on the next set of downs, capped off with Nick Bosa’s sack on third down. While OSU’s pass rush was created great pressure on the first drive, OSU’s had trouble when ball carriers reached the second level, demonstrating the void of Jerome Baker and Dante Booker, who were sidelined with injuries Saturday.

The linebacker unit settled down on MSU’s ensuing drives, keeping Lewerke in the pocket and allowing their defensive line to generate pass rush. OSU’s defensive backs did their part, too.


OSU: TD, Weber 47 run (Nuernberger kick), 8:14. Drive: Six plays, 86 yards, 1:19. Key plays: Dobbins 15 run. Ohio State 7, Michigan State 0.

OSU: TD, Barrett 4 run (Nuernberger kick), 0:17. Drive: 11 plays, 73 yards, 4:11. Key plays: Campbell 25 pass from Barrett on third-and-1; Barrett 4 run on third-and-1 at MSU’s 4. Ohio State 14, Michigan State 0.