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The Spartans ended a seven-game losing skid to the Buckeyes.

“This was a big program win,” said Dantonio, in his fifth year at MSU. “Ohio State was the only team we hadn’t beaten in the conference.”

Ohio State’s erratic and ineffective offense almost made history. The Buckeyes had not been shut out in 183 home games, dating to a 6-0 loss to Wisconsin on Oct. 9, 1982, and hadn’t been shut out anywhere since a 28-0 loss at Michigan on Nov. 20, 1993.

Cousins completed 20 of 32 passes for 250 yards with two interceptions. Cunningham, the Big Ten’s leading receiver, had nine catches for 154 yards.

Cousins acknowledged that the outcome could have been more lopsided.

“We didn’t finish our drives. We could have had 20 to 25-plus points,” he said.

He threw an interception in the end zone to take a certain field goal off the board and then threw another pick late in the game. But he also lofted a high spiral over the middle that Cunningham pulled away from a defender on Michigan State’s second possession of the game for a quick 7-0 lead.

“When you really look at it, their wide-out made a big play on a ball thrown up in the air,” Fickell said.

From then on, Ohio State couldn’t do anything against a ferocious Spartans defense that shut down the Buckeyes’ running attack and continually harassed the quarterbacks.

Linebacker Max Bullough had nine tackles, including a sack, while Denicos Allen and Chris Norman each had two sacks.

“We really wanted a goose-egg. We thought about that at halftime,” Bullough said.

But the result more than made up for the late touchdown.

“It’s a big win for us to come out and beat a team like Ohio State, let alone at the Horseshoe,” he added. “It’s another stepping point to the Big Ten championship.”


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