Photo Gallery - Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Michigan State had more yards passing, more total yards, more first downs and led in time of possession by more than a 2 to 1 margin. But OSU, who fumbled four times, returned a block field goal at the end of the first half for a score that helped keep them in the game. Troy Smith and Santonio Holmes posted big numbers on offense for Ohio State while A.J. Hawk led all defenders with 19 tackles. Drew Staton passed for 340 yards on the day but it was enough to ruin OSU's Homecoming game.

Photo Gallery - Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Brutus Buckeye kicks off this Homecoming photo gallery.

Coach Ginn Sr. tries to get his former quarterback to smile for the camera as the players walk from their hotel to the Skull session to the stadium.

Alex Boone's first collegiate start would come against the Michigan State Spartans in week 7.

Inside the stadium, the Holmes family contingent was there to root on their favorite Buckeye. Santonio's two boys are 1 and 3 years old.

The Homecoming Queen and King were announced prior to the game.

Here come the Buckeyes!

Here is one of the many American Sign Language interpreters who signed the National Anthem from the north end of the field.

Antonio Pittman gains 7 yards on the games first play.

A host of Buckeye tacklers, led by Tyler Everett, bring down Jason Teague on a rushing attempt in their first drive of the game.

Jerramy Scott with the ball after one of his 7 catches for 129 yards on the day.

Boone learning the ropes as a true freshman.

Here's the end of one of Pittman's 18 carries that earned him 101 rushing yards.

Quinn Pitcock, credited with 3 tackles on the day, helped hold MSU to 116 net rushing yards.

Dayton's Chaminade-Julienne's own Javon Ringer did get to play in Ohio Stadium after all. Ringer rushed for 76 yards on 16 carries on the day.

Jehuu Caulcrick had 3 carries for 4 yards and one touchdown for the day.

David Herron Jr. of Warren G. Harding High School is one of the Spartans top defenders.

Troy Smith uncorks this 51-yard pass for a touchdown to Santonio Holmes.

Ringer plays a little peek-a-boo with the OSU defense.

And again.

Smith cuts behind Dionte Johnson on this running play.

Donte Whitner sniffs out this running play. Whitner had 11 tackles on the day with 1 sack.

Scott (32) celebrates after catching a 36-yard touchdown pass on this play.

Smith just misses a first down on this run...

...and Doug Datish isn't very happy with the spot.

Drew Stanton ran the ball 24 times but netted only 4 yards as a result of OSU's 12 sacks for 58 negative yards on the day.

But Stanton was 26-36 in the air for 349 yards and 1 touchdown.

Here's one of Bobby Carpenter's 11 tackles on the day of which included 4 sacks of Stanton.

Nate Salley blocked a Michigan State field goal attempt right before the half...

...and Ashton Youboty returned the blocked kick 72 yards for a touchdown to end the first half. OSU only trailed 17-14 at the intermission.

The 1975 Big Ten championship team celebrated the 30th anniversary of their title.

Archie Griffin won his second Heisman Trophy 30 years ago.

And Cornelius Greene shed the afro many years ago.

Ted Ginn found the end zone again against the Spartans when he caught a pass and raced 57 yards to paydirt. Ginn had 4 catches for 78 yards on the day and 1 run for -6 yards.

Holmes, returning a kickoff on this play, had 5 catches for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns of 51 and 46 yards.

Malcolm Jenkins had 4 tackles on the day.

A.J. Hawk led all defenders in the game with 19 tackles...

...and if this play is any indication, he probably could have had more.

Mike Kudla was credited with two tackles on the day but one was a sack.

Anthony Schlegel chipped in with 10 tackles.

Hawk just misses a sack on this play as Staton got the ball off in the nick of time.

Holmes celebrates after catching his 46-yard TD pass.

Smith celebrates after capping the score with a 1-yard TD run.

Hawk and Staton exchange pleasantries after the game.

Youboty and Scott still talking game after the game ended.

Mike D'Andrea returned to action in a limited role.

David Patterson had a real nice game with 6 tackles of which 3 were quarterback sacks.

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