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Game Thread Game Seven: #1 Ohio State 38, Michigan State 7 (10/14/06)

Discussion in '2006 Football Season Capsule' started by 3yardsandacloud, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    Buckeyes overcome turnover
    By ED PUSKAS Tribune Chronicle Sports Editor

    EAST LANSING, Mich. ? Michigan State coach John L. Smith couldn?t have envisioned a better way to start Saturday?s game against unbeaten and top-ranked Ohio State.

    Senior linebacker David Herron Jr. forced a Chris Wells fumble and cornerback Greg Cooper fell on it at the Buckeyes? 31.

    But Ohio State pushed back Michigan State, forcing a punt and that early opportunity was wasted.

    ??You get that opportunity ? and you?re not going to get many opportunities with that good of a football team ? you need something positive to happen to you,?? Smith said.

    ??We got something positive with the fumble, but we needed to capitalize on it.?

    There haven?t been many positive moments for the Spartans since their 3-0 start.

    On Sept. 23, they blew a 37-21 second-half lead and lost to Notre, 40-37, on On Sept. 30, Big Ten Conference doormat Illinois beat Michigan State, 23-20, in overtme.

    Last week, the Spartans visited nearby Ann Arbor, where archrival Michigan won, 31-13.

    ??We?ve got five teams left and we?re only going to talk about one of them,?? Smith said. ??That?s Northwestern.?

    The Spartans and Wildcats play at noon Saturday in Evanston, Ill. Ohio State hosts Indiana at noon, Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

    ? HIT HARD: Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton had one of his worst games this season in the Spartans? 38-7 loss to the Buckeyes Saturday. He was just 8-of-16 for 51 yards and was sacked three times.

    Stanton hurt his back in the first half and was knocked out of the game when Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman knocked him out of bounds midway through the third quarter.

    Freeman?s hit sent Stanton sprawling on the Ohio State sideline, where he spun helmet-first into a Gatorade cooler. The quarterback was on the ground for a while, and later walked gingerly across the field.

    He did not return.

    ??I didn?t really get a clean shot on him,?? said Freeman, who early intercepted a Stanton screen pass. ??They said he slid into the cooler or something like that, so I hope he?s getting better.?

    ? MORE INJURIES: Michigan State lost Herron and Cooper to injuries Saturday.

    Herron, a Warren native and Warren G. Harding High School graduate, sustained a stinger in the area of his shoulder and neck.

    Herron, a co-captain, made seven tackles against the Buckeyes before he was injured.

    Cooper left the game after trying to make a tackle against Ohio State?s Antonio Pittman in the third quarter. Michigan State spokesman John Lewandowski said Cooper lost consciousness on the play.

    The senior cornerback was motionless on the field for several minutes before his neck and head were immobilized and he was placed on a stretcher.

    Cooper was then loaded onto a cart and driven off the field. Smith said Cooper was taken to a hospital and will stay overnight there.

    ??Coop should be fine,?? Smith said. ??He?s moving and he?s talking.?

    ? ON THE DEFENSIVE: Freeman and linebacker James Laurinaitis felt good about Ohio State?s defensive play, despite a late Michigan State touchdown that ruined the Buckeyes? bid for a shutout.

    ??We felt like we were in control the whole game,?? said Laurinaitis, who had a game-high nine tackles and a sack.

    It was Laurinaitis who sacked Stanton for a 16-yard loss to take the Spartans out of field-goal range after the Buckeyes? early fumble.

    Ohio State (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten Conference) now has 22 sacks and 13 interceptions in seven games. The Buckeyes have picked off a pass in every game this season.

    Freeman?s pick, his second of the season, came with 2:22 left in the first half and set up an Ohio State touchdown.

    ??Just going out there and getting quick three-and-outs on a great offense like that was a great confidence builder,?? Freeman said.

    Michigan State (3-4, 0-3) averaged 31 points in its first six games.

    ? HE SAID, HE SAID: Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith and wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez are a mutual admiration society.

    Smith was 15-of-22 for 234 yards and two touchdowns Saturday, including a 12-yard strike to Gonzalez late in the first half.

    ??I think the big thing with that is that it was such a great throw,?? Gonzalez said. ??It was one of those things where it was in a spot that only I could get it. That?s what is rewarding about playing with the best player in the country.?

    Smith marveled at Gonzalez?s lunging catch in the back of the end zone.

    ??That?s why we call him ?The Wizard,? ?? Smith said. ??If you give him a chance, he is going to do things that will just mesmerize you.?

    ? QUICK HITTERS: Ohio State extended the nation?s longest current winning streak to 14 games. The Buckeyes have gone more than a full year since their last defeat, which came on Oct. 8, 2005 at Penn State. ... Ohio State is 25-12 all-time against Michigan State. The Buckeyes haven?t lost to the Spartans since 1999. ... Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is 4-0 against Michigan State, 57-13 overall with the Buckeyes and 192-70-2. ... Indiana (4-3, 2-1) will take a two-game winning streak into Columbus next Saturday. The Hoosiers beat Illinois, 34-32, last week and upset Iowa, 31-28, Saturday.
  2. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    Warren?s Herron leads Spartans defense
    By ED PUSKAS Tribune Chronicle Sports Editor

    EAST LANSING, Mich. ? The losing is wearing on David Herron Jr., but the Michigan State senior linebacker vowed the Spartans will continue to play hard.

    Herron, a Warren native and former Warren G. Harding High School football standout, is one of Michigan State?s co-captains.

    Herron?s final season with the Spartans began with three consecutive victories, but Michigan State couldn?t hold a big lead in the second half against Notre Dame and lost, 40-37.

    The Spartans have since lost to Illinois, Michigan and now Ohio State. The Buckeyes won, 38-7, Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

    ??We just need to go out there and get a win,?? Herron said.

    ??That?s the mindset. ... We just have to take it one game at a time and try to get a win next week.??Herron and his teammates believed that victory could come against Ohio State.

    Herron did his part, forcing a fumble on the Buckeyes? first possession, but Michigan State?s offense self-destructed and botched an opportunity to get the drop on the nation?s top-ranked team.

    ??The defense played pretty good in the first half,?? Herron said. ??Ohio State really couldn?t run the ball much. We took a lot of their things away.?

    The Buckeyes led just 10-0 in the second quarter, but Ted Ginn Jr. returned a punt for a touchdown and Marcus Freeman intercepted a Drew Stanton pass to set up another Ohio State touchdown just before halftime for a 24-0 lead.

    The game was essentially over at that point.It also ended early for Herron, who suffered a stinger and missed most of the second half. He finished with seven tackles.

    ??He had a mild stinger in the neck and shoulder area, so it?s a combination problem,?? Michigan State coach John L. Smith said.

    Herron, who began his college career as a fullback after blocking for Maurice Clarett at Harding, said he plans to play against Northwestern next week.

    ??I?m all right,?? he said. ??It?s just a little sore neck.?

    The Spartans have been outscored 69-20 by Michigan and Ohio State the last two weeks. Kaleb Thornhill, another Michigan State starting linebacker, said the Wolverines are the better team.

    Herron, whose younger brother Dan has made a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes, was diplomatic when asked which of Michigan State?s last two opponents will have the edge when they meet in Columbus on Nov. 18.

    ??They?re both good teams,?? Herron said. ??I?m not sure (who is better). It?s going to be a great game when those two teams play each other. It?s going to be real physical.

    ?It?s going to come down to the last minute.?

    Herron?s brother has committed to the Buckeyes, so he should be used to seeing red. But what about as many as 30,000 fans clad in red at Spartan Stadium?

    The Ohio State invasion of East Lansing didn?t faze Herron.

    ??We really don?t pay much attention to the crowd,?? he said. ??We always say the only people we?ve got is us. We depend on each other.?

    Herron and the Spartans will have to rely on one another to snap a losing streak that has reached four games.
  3. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich

    Just in case there are folks who didn't know...Paul Maguire is a Buckeye by birth he was born in Youngstown & played at Ursuline. He is a member of the Yougstown sports hall of fame and played for the Buffalo Bills for a number of years.

    I've always enjoyed listening to Maguire, probably because he reminds of my childhood when he was doing broadcasts for NBC. He's from an age when TV was a lot more intimate and less corporate than it is today and I appreciate that, and besides I'd take him over Tony Kornholesier every time. :)
  4. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    I liked it when McGuire said Stantons fighting for extra yards instead of going out of bounds showed toughness but also showed a lot of stupidity.

  5. NightmaresDad

    NightmaresDad Woody Rules!

    McGuire used to latch onto some issue early in the game and harp on it for the rest of the game. He doesn't seem to do that anymore. Other than that habit, I have always enjoyed him on broadcasts.

    In regards to Griese, I miss Danielson!
  6. SanAntonioBuck

    SanAntonioBuck RIP Our Friend and Hero

    Isn't that the truth! Bob needs to retire.
  7. lvbuckeye

    lvbuckeye Silver Surfer

    can anyone explain to me why Gonzo was called for being an ineligible man downfield?

    from what i could see, there were 8 men on the LOS, so shouldn't it have been an illegal formation penalty?
  8. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    You can put 10 guys on the LOS if you want to, but only the outside 2 guys can go downfield. I would guess there was another WR outside of Gonzo who was also on the LOS thus making him ineligible.

    Last week BG was getting away with a lot of that with their funky punt formation. We only had guys on their gunners, but the secondary gunners they had that were also on the LOS went downfield when the ball was snapped rather than when it was punted. One of the OSU coaches needs to have JT bring that up with the refs.
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  9. lvbuckeye

    lvbuckeye Silver Surfer

    thanks...i figured my understanding of the rule was a bit off... i guess that would explain why the ref said Gonzo was 'covered up.'
  10. ShakerBuck

    ShakerBuck Junior

    I second OKlahoma in '03.

    absolutely dominated every oponent...until conference championship game (KSU, who we later thottled in bowl game) and then proceeded to get rolled by LSU in nation al championship game.

    They handed out the worst beating I ever saw to T A&M that year.

    beat them 77-0. A&M never crossed their own 40. OU had first down at the A&M 1 yd line with ~4:00 left and took a knee 4 times.....with 4 minutes left!!! now that is humilaition
  11. VprHis

    VprHis Get off my lawn, you hooligans!

    Request here:

    My wife saw an OSU hat at the game that she absolutely must have. We saw it from behind. Looks just like the helmets--gray hat with the stripe running up the center, and several little buckeye leaf decals sewn on... looked great.

    Anyone know where we could get it?

    Didn't see it on lids/hatworld, ebay, msn, long's....
  12. CleveBucks

    CleveBucks Serenity now

    This might have been covered, but... can anyone tell me why the play was blown dead on the punt-catch interference play? iirc, the MSU player ran into Gonzo leading to a flag, but the ball was still live. Gonzo picked it up and was ready to reverse field and take it all the way. MSU never controlled the ball and I never saw the ball being downed.
  13. CleveBucks

    CleveBucks Serenity now

    Buckeye Corner has them. I saw it on their website.
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  14. Mike80

    Mike80 The mutants are trying to clear Sandusky

    Gonzo was covered by a receiver to his outside, thus making him an ineligible receiver.
  15. Mike80

    Mike80 The mutants are trying to clear Sandusky

    My wife says that she got mine at the Buckeye Corner...hope that helps/hope they still have them.
    VprHis likes this.

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