The tailgate lots were filled with green and red of Michigan State and Ohio State. Alan Vine and Craig Narocki are the Spartan fans while brothers Joe and Jeff Markovitch are the Buckeye fans.
Having The Best Damn Band In The Land at the game made it really feel like it was an Ohio State home game.
Our man Steve Helwagen was checking in with Clay Hall and the boys from channel 6.
Ted Ginn Jr.
Joel Penton earned his first career start.
Doug Worthington is now in the two-deep tackle rotation with the Patterson injury.
Patterson offering encouragement to his replacement.
The incomparable Script Ohio!
Jerry Rudzinski served as the honorary captain.
Ohio State's captains take the field.
Followed by the team shortly after.
The coin toss.
Laurinaitis sacks Drew Stanton on this play for a loss of 16 yards to knock the Spartans out of field goal position. The Buckeye defense kept Michigan State from scoring after Chris Wells fumbled on OSU's first possession.
Smith hits Ginn on this long-gainer of 37 yards to highlight the second drive.
After all of that zigging-and-zagging, Ginn was brought down at the Michigan State 24.
Antonio Pittman moved the ball a little closer to goal line.
Chris Wells had a shot at getting to the goal line from the four...
Pittman's second-effort got him into the end zone to give the Buckeyes a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Brian Hartline made a tremendous special teams tackle on this Michigan State kickoff return.
Smith uncorks this deep pass intended for Ginn that was incomplete.
Chris Wells ran for 8, 6 and 2 yards on Ohio State's first possession of the second quarter...
...and Gonzalez caught a 32-yard pass from Smith...
To help set up Aaron Pettrey's 32-yard field goal to give Ohio State a 10-0 advantage.
This little guy loves to chase frisbees.
A 37-yard punt by A.J. Trapasso had Michigan State pinned at their four to start this second quarter possession.
Three plays later MSU punted from their own nine yard line to Ginn who after getting a key block from Gonzalez was off to the races...
...taking it to the house...
...for a quick six points and a 17-0 lead.
Ross Homan makes the first hit on this kickoff.
No where to run against Ohio State's defense that held Michigan State to 63 yards rushing.
After a Marcus Freeman interception, Smith eventually found Gonzalez in the back of the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown and this celebration on this play.
Ohio State heads into the lockerrom with a 24-0 advantage.
Michigan State's David Herron Jr. is the brother of OSU recruit Danny Herron.
Time for more defense.
Quinn Pitcock sacks Stanton on this play.
Gonzalez starts the second half out with a reverse good for 29 yards on this play.
And then Ginn gets the call on a reverse on the very next play that went for 16 more yards. Tressel said he's "probably never" called two reverses in-a-row in during his coaching career until now.
As Smith escapes a sack on this play, he looks down the field and finds...
...Brian Robiskie in the back of the end zone good for a long 7-yard touchdown and a 31-0 lead.
It was Robiskie's third chance to celebrate in the end zone this year.
Robiskie had four catches for 54 yards which were both career high marks.
Smith improved to 20-2 as the starting quarterback at Ohio State.
Pittman, who had a subpar 48 yards on 18 carries, may have been banged up some but he continued to run hard throughout the game.
Gonzalez gets 24 more yards on this pass reception from Smith down to the 6.
Stan White Jr. is always around to make an important block.
Maurice Wells gets one yard to the five on this play.
Before Chris Wells gets the call on the next play...
...and dashes for the end zone...
...from 5 yards out to record his second touchdown of the season to give OSU a 38-0 lead.
Chris Wells was the game's leading rusher with 53 yards on 12 carries.
Ginn, who is looking in the direction of his mom in the corner of the end zone, was done for the day at that point.
At the end of the 38-7 win, the team headed toward the band and the fans in the corner of the north end zone...
...to sing Carmen Ohio.
Tressel addressed the media, in a rather cramped trailer, right after the game as he always does.
Chris Wells handles himself tremendously well with the media.
Gonzalez is certainly a fan favorite.
And Dionte Johnson was hanging out with his dad Pepper Johnson after the game.