Warm ups found Cook on the field dressed as if he was ready to go. But with each part of pregame, Cook did less and less while only making a few soft tosses.
With some of the Ohio State staff taking a glance here and there at what the Spartans were doing, it was not until the Spartans offense first took the field that we knew Tyler O'Connor and Damion Terry would have to make the offense run.
When did O’Connor learn of his fate?
“I found out last night,” said O’Connor. “When I got the opportunity, I texted my family and told them they would see a lot more of me in this game. It’s a blessing to be playing in a stadium like this.”
The first quarter saw both teams trade a few punches but nothing to show on the scoreboard. That quickly changed with 12:45 in the second quarter when the Buckeyes got on the board with a one-yard Ezekiel Elliott touchdown following a Spartans turnover giving Urban Meyer’s team the early 7-0 advantage.
But the Spartans didn’t shy away showing the ability to put some yards on the stat sheet and finishing with a Tyler O’Connor 12-yard pass to fullback Trevon Pendleton who dove for the end zone marker for a touchdown bringing the game to a 7-7 tie.
But credit must go to the Spartans defense as they held the Buckeyes to 75 total yards on 28-plays in the first half with Riley Bullough getting a couple hard licks on J.T. Barrett in the process.
The trend continue all game long as the Buckeyes finished with only 132 total offensive yards and Elliott being held to 44 yards on 15 carries.
The Spartans rose to the occasion and enjoyed playing the role of an underdog.
“I think this was the first game this season we could take on the role of underdog,” said Dantonio. “We came in with something to prove. Usually when you have that you have a chip on your shoulder and play better.”
But a second mental mistake almost derailed the Spartans when MacGarrett Kings mishandled a Buckeyes punt giving OSU the ball on the six yard line and allowing Barrett a chance to hit Jalin Marshall with a 6-yard dump pass for their second score and a 14-7 advantage.
But the Spartans then went on a 13-play 75 yard drive that ended when Gerald Holmes scored from 2-yards out leaving the score tied at 14 all with just over 12-minutes left in the game.
The Spartans against their two biggest rivals, Michigan and Ohio State, had not led in either game until the final play of each. Against the Buckeyes, Dantonio stuck with freshman running L.J. Scott down the stretch and the Ohio native didn’t disappoint setting up Michael Geiger for a 41-yard game winning field goal as time ran off the clock giving MSU the win and placing them one step closer to their goal of winning a Big Ten Championship.
The win snapped the nation’s longest win-streak at 23-games while also ending the Buckeyes 30-game in conference winning-streak.