#4 Ohio State, short-handed, rips Michigan State, 52-12; Larry Johnson makes history as first African-American to lead Buckeyes

Larry Johnson Ohio State Associate Head Football Coach/Defensive Line Coach

Larry Johnson Postgame Press Conference after Michigan State win (7:15)

Head coach Ryan Day from his home comments on big 52-12 win at Michigan State

Following game cancelations in two of the last three weeks, No. 4 Ohio State returned to action Saturday a bit short-handed but handled its business nonetheless, topping Michigan State, 52-12.

The now 5-0 Buckeyes were led once again by standout QB Justin Fields, who went 17-24 for 199 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Playing behind a makeshift offensive line because of COVID-19 roster impacts, Fields also had 104 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns.

The Buckeye rushing attack, No. 1 in the B1G coming into the game, wracked up 322 yards as Trey Sermon led the way with 112 yards on 10 totes, including a 64-yard touchdown.

The Silver Bullet Buckeye defense was stout throughout. Ohio State allowed only 80 total yards in pitching a first half shutout. Defensive tackle Haskett Garrett recorded his first career interception and touchdown, batting and picking off a Spartan pass in the endzone.

COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

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