Michigan State has a pair of memorable wins over OSU. But the Buckeyes own rivalry historically

Joe Harrington
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State and Michigan State may not have the same blood feud reputation that the the OSU-Michigan game has, but it certainly has had its moments over the years. 

Woody Hayes during the OSU-Michigan State game on Saturday, November 4, 1967. The Buckeyes won that game in an upset 21-7 victory at East Lansing (Charlie Hays of The Dispatch).

The Buckeyes and Spartans play at noon Saturday in one of the biggest college football games of the season. And the two programs have done it before. 

Two of the most painful losses in Ohio State football history came at the hands of the Spartans, who twice cost the Buckeyes a chance to play for a national title, once in 2015 and before that in 1998. 

The Buckeyes were the undefeated, defending national champions and No. 3 in the CFP rankings when No. 9 Michigan State beat the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium on Nov. 21, 2015.

The loss eventually sent the Buckeyes to the Fiesta Bowl, where they beat Notre Dame.

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Michigan State, meanwhile, went on to advance to the College Football Playoff, where they lost to eventual champion Alabama in the national semifinal, 38-0. 

In 1998, Ohio State was No.1 in the country when it lost to coach Nick Saban and Michigan State, 28-24. It was the first year of the BCS. While the Buckeyes didn't lose again, they missed out playing in the first BCS National Championship Game, won by Tennessee. 

With that history, you'd think the the series would be evenly split.

You'd be wrong.

Most of the time Ohio State beats the Spartans. Let's take a look at the OSU-MSU history. 

How many times has Ohio State beaten Michigan State football?

The Buckeyes are 34-15 all time against Michigan State and are currently on a five-game winning streak against the Spartans. 

When was the last time Michigan State beat Ohio State?

The Spartans last beat Ohio State in 2015. In that game, Ohio State star running back Ezekiel Elliott famously rushed only 12 times for 33 yards while quarterback J.T. Barrett was 9-of-16 for 46 yards passing. 

Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) is tackled by a pile of Michigan State players  in the first half of their game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on November 21, 2015. (Columbus Dispatch photo by Brooke LaValley)

What's the longest winning streak Ohio State has against Michigan State?

Ohio State won eight straight games in the series from 1975 to 1984. 

What's the longest winning streak Michigan State has against Ohio State?

From 1912 to 1953, Ohio State and Michigan State played three times. Michigan State won all three. 

The Spartans didn't join the Big Ten conference until 1949 and after they did, they won the first two meetings against Ohio State as conference members in 1951 and 1953.

The Buckeyes have played Michigan State every season since 2011. Since 2000, Ohio State is 14-3 against Michigan State. 

What's the biggest blowout in the Ohio State-Michigan State series?

Ohio State beat Michigan State 48-3 in 2017. The 45-point win is the largest in the series history.

In that game, Mike Webber (162 yards) and J.K. Dobbins (124 yards) helped Ohio State pile up 335 rushing yards. 

Michigan State's 32-7 win in 1965 is the biggest MSU win over Ohio State. 

Which Ohio State coach has beaten Michigan State the most?

Ryan Day's teams beat Michigan State in 2019 and 2020. Woody Hayes lost to Michigan State seven times and started 0-2 and eventually finished 9-7 against MSU. Earle Bruce was 6-1. 

But it was Jim Tressel who was undefeated against Michigan State. Tressel was 6-0 against the Spartans. 

Saban was 2-1 against Ohio State at MSU, including winning is final two in 1998 and 1999. Clarence "Biggie" Munn was 2-0. 

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