Postgame updates: Ohio State Buckeyes beat Michigan State 56-7

Joey Kaufman Lori Schmidt Rob Oller
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State football finishes the 2021 home schedule Saturday as it welcomes No. 7 Michigan State (9-1 overall, 6-1 Big Ten) to Ohio Stadium today for a noon kickoff. 

The No. 4 Buckeyes (9-1 overall, 7-0 in Big Ten), are trying to move closer their third-straight College Football Playoff appearance. A heavy favorite against a team trying to do the same, Ohio State was in the top four of the CFP rankings for the second-straight week. 

The Buckeyes, 19.5 point favorites, are trying to win their ninth straight game and sixth straight at Ohio Stadium this season. It won't be easy as MSU arrives with a Heisman candidate in Kenneth Walker III.

But then again, Ohio State may have the Heisman front runner playing quarterback in C.J. Stroud.

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Stroud enters the game with 30 touchdown passes and just five interceptions in his first year as the starting quarterback.

Follow the game live with insight and scoring updates from the Columbus Dispatch staff.

Ohio State football final score: Ohio State 56-Michigan State 7

The Buckeyes are now 8-1, and it's officially Michigan week. 

Master Teague finds the end zone, Ohio State 56-Michigan State 7

With fans chanting his name, OSU running back Master Teague capped off a 75-yard touchdown drive that took 8:32 off the clock. He bulldozed the final yard for the score.

Michigan State avoids the shutout, Ohio State 49-Michigan State 7

Michigan State's Payton Thorne made a 12-yard touchdown pass to Keon Coleman over the coverage of Ohio State cornerback Ryan Watts to avoid being blanked in Columbus. It also appears that star running back Kenneth Walker III has seen his day come to an end. He would finish with 25 yards rushing. 

Ohio State's Denzel Burke is done for the day

As Michigan State took over after a Kyle McCord interception, Ohio State's Denzel Burke was left on the sideline with his shoulder pads off. According to 97.1 The Fan, Burke was taken out for precautionary reasons, having appeared to bang up his shoulder earlier in the game. It should be noted, however, that Burke did play after suffering that upper-body injury.  

Kyle McCord enters for Ohio State

Ohio State is now playing Kyle McCord at quarterback, meaning C.J. Stroud will end his day 32-of-35 for 432 yards and six touchdowns. 

On the other side of the ball, 97.1 The Fan reports that due to unspecified injuries, linebackers Cody Simon and Cade Kacherski will not return to today's game. 

Noah Ruggles is no longer perfect

Noah Ruggles sent a 39-yard field-goal attempt wide right for his first miss of the season. He made 16 straight before things went awry this year, and 18 consecutive dating back to his time at North Carolina. 

Ohio State has three receivers with 100-plus yards today

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave all have triple digits this afternoon. As the guy throwing them the ball, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud has earned the praise of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. 

Ohio State's defense recorded nine pass breakups in the first half

While the OSU offense will rightfully be praised for their work today, the Buckeyes defense has been stellar as well. Ohio State has limited Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III to 24 yards. recorded four tackles for loss, and nine pass breakups. 

C.J. Stroud ties the OSU record for touchdown passes in a game, Ohio State 49-Michigan State 0

Ohio State's C.J. Stroud has thrown six touchdown passes today, and that happened when there was still 1:37 to play in the first half. Six TDs is the OSU record set previously by Kenny Guiton, J.T. Barrett and Justin Fields. 

Stroud's sixth score was on a 6-yard throw to Jaxon Smith-Njigba, the fifth different receiver he's found in the end zone today. 

C.J. Stroud throws a fifth touchdown pass, Ohio State 42-Michigan State 0

C.J. Stroud has burnished his Heisman trophy resume with today's performance. He has thrown five touchdown passes, the latest a 12-yard throw to Garrett Wilson. Stroud has completed 23 of 25 pass attempts and has recorded 330 yards. 

Miyan Williams rushes for a score, Ohio State 35-Michigan State 0

Chris Olave made a brilliant grab to set up the short touchdown run by Ohio State's Miyan Williams. It was a 1-yard rush, and OSU has 65 yards on the ground today. 

C.J. Stroud sets a school record

Ohio State's C.J. Stroud has completed 17 straight passes. That ties a single-game school mark set by J.T. Barrett in 2017. Justin Fields also completed 17 consecutive passes in 2020. However, that happened over the course of two games (Nebraska and Penn State). 

C.J. Stroud throws a fourth TD, Ohio State 28-Michigan State 7

C.J. Stroud has thrown four touchdowns to three different receivers. The latest score was a 4-yard pass to Julian Fleming. 

That makes Stroud's overall numbers: 17-for-18 passing for 245 yards and four scores. He has completed 14 straight passes. 

OSU's Ronnie Hickman forces a Michigan State fumble

Ohio State's Ronnie Hickman hit Spartans running back Jordon Simmons, forced him to cough up the ball, and Ty Hamilton recovered to give the Buckeyes the ball. 

That was the good news. The bad news was that Ohio State corner Denzel Burke appeared to suffer a shoulder injury on the drive. 

UPDATE: Burke has returned to the field. 

Chris Olave makes history, Ohio State 21-Michigan State 0

Chris Olave now has more touchdown catches than any other Buckeyes receiver in history. He caught his 35th TD on a 43-yard pass from C.J. Stroud. That surpasses David Boston's previous mark of 34. 

Denzel Burke comes up big for the Buckeyes

Ohio State's Denzel Burke broke up a pass attempt to Jayden Reed on 3rd and 10, forcing Michigan State to attempt a 46-yard field goal, which hit the post. 

C.J. Stroud finds Garrett Wilson wide open, Ohio State 14-Michigan State 0

Even knowing that the Spartans defense was giving up 329 passing yards a game (ranking them No. 130 nationally), Garrett Wilson was incredibly wide open when C.J. Stroud hit him on a 77-yard touchdown pass. 

Stroud is already 11-for-12 for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and the first quarter is not even halfway over. 

Cody Simon injured for Ohio State

Ohio State linebacker Cody Simon was taken into the medical tent, and 97.1 The Fan reports that the sophomore's status for the remainder of the game is uncertain. 

UPDATE: Simon will be re-evaluated at halftime. He will be out until then.

Chris Olave ties David Boston, Ohio State 7-Michigan State 0

Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave split two defenders, and C.J. Stroud found him with a pinpoint pass. The 23-yard catch put the Buckeyes up 7-0, and it allowed Olave to tie OSU great David Boston with 34 career touchdown receptions. 

Who predicted Ohio State to beat Michigan State on College GameDay?

Earlier this week, the Columbus Dispatch staff and the Detroit Free Press made their predictions for the game. Here's what ESPN thought (Kirk Herbstreit is calling the game didn't make a pick):

Today's officials for the Ohio State game against Michigan State

  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • Umpire: Jeff Carr
  • Linesman: Kris Van Meter
  • Line Judge: Vincent Winters
  • Back Judge: Michael Elliott
  • Field Judge: Gary Powers
  • Side Judge: John Roggeman
  • Center Judge: Greg Blum

Report: Sevyn Banks to miss today's game

Ohio State listed cornerback Sevyn Banks as a game-time decision against Michigan State on Saturday, but ESPN reports that Banks will indeed miss today's contest. 

Banks, a senior, has started six of the Buckeyes’ last seven games after his recovery from a knee injury limited him in the early weeks of the season.

It’s unclear if his status for the game is related to his previous injury or a separate issue. The Buckeyes rarely give specifics on the injuries or illnesses of players.

Ryan Day and Mel Tucker set for their first ever meeting

Today's game between Ohio State and Michigan State is actually the first head-to-head matchup between Buckeyes head man Ryan Day and the soon-to-be highest-paid Big Ten head coach Mel Tucker of the Spartans. Last year when OSU visited East Lansing, Day missed the game as the result of a positive COVID-19 test.

Tucker was on Jim Tressel’s Ohio State staff for four seasons, from 2001-04 serving as defensive backs coach from 2001- 03 and then as co-defensive coordinator in 2004.

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker enters Ohio Stadium ahead of a Nov. 20 kickoff against Ohio State.

Who from Ohio State will be honored for Senior Day before facing Michigan State?

Here are the players being honored before kickoff.

  • Aaron Cox
  • Jack Jamieso 
  • Robert Cope 
  • Austin Kutscher 
  • Jagger LaRoe 
  • Corey Rau 
  • Ryan Batsch
  • Cade Kacherski
  • Sam Wiglusz
  • Chris Booker
  • Cameron Brown
  • Master Teague
  • Mitch Rossi 
  • Tyreke Smith 
  • Nicholas Petit-Frere 
  • Sevyn Banks 
  • Bradley Robinson 
  • Jeremy Ruckert 
  • Marcus Williamson
  • Antwuan Jackson
  • Demario McCall
  • Haskell Garrett
  • Chris Olave 
  • Thayer Munford

Nicholas Petit-Frere and Garrett Wilson aren't seniors, but as projected early NFL draft picks, they will have decisions to make after the season. They insist their minds aren't made up yet. Coach Ryan Day gave them, as well as Master Teague and Cam Brown, permission to participate in today's ceremony despite the fact that they still have eligibility remaining. 

NFL scouts scheduled to watch Ohio State play Michigan State

The Ravens, Jets, Raiders, 49ers (2), Dolphins, Giants and Bears all have scouts credentialed to attend today's game at Ohio Stadium. 

The Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League also have a scout in attendance, and representatives of the Peach Bowl and Orange Bowl are expected to be on hand.

Photos: ESPN College GameDay signs and behind the scenes 

Here are some our favorite signs. 

Lee Corso remembers his lunches with Woody Hayes on GameDay

ESPN College GameDay hosts Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, two of the longest tenured hosts of the famous show, went inside St. John Arena before the broadcast to take a look at the famed arena on Ohio State's campus. 

The conversation turned to Woody Hayes. 

"Woody Hayes, I think of him," said Corso who coached against Hayes during his run with the Hoosiers from 1973-1982, "and Olentangy Road and the Jai Lai. I used to have lunch with him once a year and he would give me the list of prospects Ohio State was going to take in Michigan."

Watch the clip: 

The College Football Playoff schedule

Here are the dates to know for the College Football Playoff: 

  • Selection show: Noon Dec. 5 on ESPN
  • Cotton Bowl: 3:30 or 7:30 p.m., Dec. 31 on ESPN
  • Orange Bowl:  3:30 or 7:30 p.m., Dec. 31 on ESPN
  • College Football Playoff national championship game: 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 on ESPN

The College Football Playoff rankings

  1. Georgia 10-0
  2. Alabama 9-1
  3. Oregon 9-1
  4. Ohio State 9-1
  5. Cincinnati 10-0
  6. Michigan 9-1
  7. Michigan State 9-1
  8. Notre Dame 9-1
  9. Oklahoma State 9-1
  10. Wake Forest 9-1
  11. Baylor 8-2
  12. Ole Miss 8-2
  13. Oklahoma 9-1
  14. BYU 8-2
  15. Wisconsin 7-3
  16. Texas A&M 7-3
  17. Iowa 8-2
  18. Pittsburgh 8-2
  19. San Diego State 9-1
  20. NC State 7-3
  21. Arkansas 7-3
  22. UTSA 10-0
  23. Utah 7-3
  24. Houston 9-1
  25. Mississippi State

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