Ohio State Buckeyes football team runs away in 2nd half to beat Michigan State, 34-10
By MITCH STACY
AP Sports Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Justin Fields threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, J.K. Dobbins rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown and No. 4 Ohio State overcame a sluggish start to roll over No. 25 Michigan State 34-10 on Saturday night.
The Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) had to work to figure out MSU’s defense to start, after blowing out every opponent through the first five games. They gained just 16 yards on 16 plays in the first quarter, but got unstuck in the second and put away the Spartans (4-2, 2-1) with big plays.
Dobbins ran the ball 24 times, averaged over 7 yards per carry and had an electrifying 67-yard breakaway for a touchdown late in the first half.
Fields finished 17 for 25 for 206 yards and threw an interception for the first time in his first 175 pass attempts as a Buckeye. He also was sacked three times — twice by Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie.
Brian Lewerke was 20 for 38 for 218 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Spartans.
“I thought we had the right mindset coming in here,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. “We needed to play mistake-free football. We didn’t do that.”