East Lansing, MI – It's the second time this season Michigan State didn't know if they would kickoff on Saturday; due to COVID-19 plaguing schools in the Big Ten and throughout the country.
Yet, with Mel Tucker leading the way, MSU never lost focus.
Last week Ohio State canceled its game vs. Illinois 14 hours before the two teams were set to play, a decision that came after head coach Ryan Day tested positive for coronavirus.
In doing so, he will not be on the sidelines for the 49th meeting with Michigan State.
But Tucker doesn't view it as an advantage for MSU or a disadvantage for the Buckeyes.
Rocky Lombardi got the start against Northwestern, playing well, operating within the gameplan, and propelled the Spartans to a victory.
However, his position might not be set in stone, a topic he isn't worried about.
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It's Game Day
Update: Ohio State is down 23 players today, including five starters (three offensive linemen). Josh Myers, Nick Petit-Frere, Thayer Munford are out, along with five-star back-up Paris Johnson Jr.
Update: The Buckeyes will also be without star linebacker Tuf Borland and starting safety Josh Proctor.
Update: TE Matt Dotson is dressed for Michigan State.
Update: RB Jordon Simmons is dressed after missing last week's game against Northwestern.
Update: Not seeing TE Trenton Gillison for the second week in a row.
Update: WR Ricky White not dressed for MSU, and DT Jalen Hunt, who was hurt last week, is in a walking boot. He won't be available today.
Coin Toss: Ohio State has won the toss and deferred to the second half. MSU receives opening kickoff.
Scoring Update #1: Ohio State QB Justin Fields keeps it himself on the 2-yard touchdown run. PAT GOOD.
OSU 7 MSU 0
8:46 left in the first quarter.
Scoring Update #2: Fields pass to Garrett Wilson is complete for a touchdown. PAT GOOD.
OSU 14 MSU 0
2:01 left in the first quarter.
End of Q1: OSU 14 MSU 0
Scoring Update #3: Justin Fields takes it in for a one-yard rushing touchdown. PAT GOOD.
OSU 21 MSU 0
10:25 left in the second quarter.
Scoring Update #4: Lombardi's pass is tipped and intercepted in the endzone, resulting in a Buckeye touchdown. PAT GOOD.
OSU 28 MSU 0
5:15 left in the second quarter.
Injury Update: Lombardi shaken up on the play. Payton Thorne will take over.
Halftime: OSU 28 MSU 0
Scoring Update #5: RB Trey Sermon takes it 64-yards for a score. PAT GOOD.
OSU 35 MSU 0
6:14 left in the third quarter.
Scoring Update #6: Payton Thorne rushes for a 20-yard touchdown. PAT GOOD.
OSU 35 MSU 7
5:30 left in the third quarter.
Scoring Update #7: OSU's field goal is good.
OSU 38 MSU 7
1:08 left in the third quarter.
End of Q3: OSU 38 MSU 7
Scoring Update #8: Matt Coghlin's 32-yard field goal is good.
OSU 38 MSU 10
11:58 left in the fourth quarter.
Scoring Update #9: Justin Fields' pass to Chris Olave is complete for a score. PAT GOOD.
OSU 45 MSU 10
8:16 left in the fourth quarter.
Scoring Update #10: Backup QB C.J. Stroud rushes for 48-yards and a touchdown. PAT GOOD.
OSU 52 MSU 10
4:21 left in the fourth quarter.
Scoring Update #11: MSU forces a safety.
OSU 52 MSU 12
Final Score: OSU 52 MSU 12