EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ Michigan State defensive end Marcus Rush, who recorded four tackles including his first career sack in MSUâ€™s 10-7 victory at Ohio State Saturday, has been selected Big Ten Freshman of the Week. It marked just Ohio Stateâ€™s sixth loss in its last 61 home games (since start of 2002 season).
Michigan Stateâ€™s defense lost its bid for a shutout with just 10 seconds remaining, as the Spartans ended a seven-game losing streak against the Buckeyes and recorded their first win in Columbus since 1998.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Rush sacked Ohio Stateâ€™s Joe Bauserman for a 7-yard loss on the second play of the Buckeyesâ€™ final drive in the fourth quarter. The Spartans produced 13 tackles for losses, including nine sacks, while limiting the Buckeyes to 35 rushing yards and 143 total yards. The nine sacks tied MSUâ€™s single-game record (fourth time; last vs. Wisconsin in 1989).
The red-shirt freshman from Cincinnati, Ohio, has started all five games this season. Rush has posted 18 tackles, with 3.5 resulting in losses (19 yards), and leads the team with six quarterback hurries.
â€œMarcus Rush played very well at Ohio State, but heâ€™s really performed well since becoming a starter,â€ MSU head coach Mark Dantonio said. â€œHeâ€™s an extremely intelligent and active player, who plays with a lot of energy. Marcus is an equally effective player either as a stand-up end or with his hand down in the turf. Heâ€™s emerged as a consistent playmaker on our defensive line.
â€œWeâ€™re not surprised that heâ€™s become an impact player because of what we saw from him on film as a high school (Archbishop Moeller) player.â€