Nov 21, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (5) runs with the ball as Michigan State Spartans linebacker Darien Harris (45) chases in the fourth quarter at Ohio Stadium. The Spartans won 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
The Loss By The Numbers
33: Ezekiel Elliott’s rushing yards after 181 yards last week. Today’s game snapped his 15 game, 100 yard rushing streak. It’s a shame that this game will probably end Elliott’s chances at a Heisman. With no Big Ten title game as a last showcase, Elliott now may not even make the trip to New York.
178: Games in a row that an Urban Meyer coached team had gone over 200 yards of offense. 179 would not happen after 132 total yards tonight for Ohio State. It’s hard to believe that a top 20 offense like the Buckeyes and the scheme built by Meyer would fall so flat.
In his post game press conference, Meyer agreed that he was “not content” with the play calling and did point the finger at himself. I’m not sure if it’s on Meyer as much as the plan installed by Ed Wariner and Tim Beck, but it would not surprise me if Ohio State was looking for a coaching boost for the offense next season.
1: The number of Big Ten losses for Meyer after tonight’s heartbreaker. It’s hard to believe that he had yet to lose a conference game in his time in Columbus.
38:10: The time of possession for Michigan State. We already talked about the ways that Michigan State controlled the line of scrimmage in the second half and the amount of time Sparty was able to chew down the clock was impressive.
Wariner will take a lot of heat for the offenses failures, but Michigan State earned every second of time they took off of the clock on the ground.They took advantage of Ohio State’s weaknesses, unlike the way the Buckeyes did not take advantage of Michigan State’s weakness in the secondary.