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A pair of offensive players had big games, led by Keith Mumphery, while the defense had its issues as some players had rough games against Ohio State

Risers

Jeremy Langford

Langford was as good as he has been in any game this season really. He ran for 137 yards on just 18 carries wit ha pair of 30-plus yard runs, including a 33-yard score. He finished with three touchdowns. He was finding the hole quickly and following his blocks well throughout the game. He would have had an even bigger game if not for Michigan State needing to throw for much of the second half while trailing.

Keith Mumphery

With the way that Mumphery has played against Ohio State in his career, it seems like he would benefit from playing the Buckeyes every game. He had his third straight game against OSU with a touchdown reception and he was the key player on the first drive. He first hauled in a 44-yard reception to set up Michigan State for a score. He caught that score, taking it in from 16 yards out as he broke a tackle and found the end zone. He finished with three catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Offensive line

The Spartans allowed just one sack to a good Ohio State defensive line. Joey Bosa was contained and Connor Cook was given plenty of time to throw the ball throughout the game. When it came to run blocking, the Spartans also were effective and paved the way for another strong rushing performance for Langford and Co.

Fallers

Darian Hicks

Coming off a really solid game against Michigan, Hicks had a tough go Saturday. He was targeted early and often by Ohio State. The sophomore cornerback was burned on a slant by Michael Thomas and whiffed the tackle, allowing Thomas to go 79 yards to the end zone. That play turned the game for OSU and MSU never really recovered.

Front seven

As well as Michigan State’s offensive line played, Ohio State’s played just as well and really limited Michigan State’s defense. The Buckeyes ran the ball and converted short-yardage situations well. The MSU linebackers were all out of sorts and the defensive line didn’t get pressure.

Michael Geiger

Geiger, for the fifth straight game, missed a field goal. It has been troubling but now it is highly concerning. He did come back to hit his second attempt of the game, so that could boost his confidence moving forward – and Michigan State needs that.


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