Buckeyes Beat Spartans 38-3: Game Recap 11/11/23

November 12, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

3 Things About Buckeyes Victory Over Michigan State

1 – Harrison forĀ HeismanĀ 

WR Marvin Harrison Jr. got his showcase game, scoring on the Buckeyes’ first three possessions, one running and two catching, including a 26-yard touchdown from QB Kyle McCord.

Harrison ended up with seven catches for 149 yards and one carry for 19 on the ground. 

2 – McCord

Speaking of McCord, he had his best game as a Buckeye, completing 24 out of 31 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns.

3 – Defense Lockdown

The Buckeyes defense did not allow a touchdown on Saturday night only giving up a field goal while only giving up 182 total yards. 


Ohio State did what it needed to do, they put away Michigan State early, showcased what they could do with Harrison, and had most starters out by the beginning of the 4th quarter.

Game Summary

Marvin Harrison Jr. secured two of Kyle McCord’s three touchdown passes and added another score with a rushing touchdown, contributing to No. 3 Ohio State’s decisive 38-3 victory over Michigan State on Saturday night.

McCord achieved a career-high 335 passing yards for the Buckeyes (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 1 CFP), as they dominated the Spartans (3-7, 1-6) with touchdowns in five out of six first-half possessions.

Despite missing several key players on defense due to injuries, Ohio State limited Michigan State to 182 total yards and only two third-down conversions out of 14 attempts.

Next weekend, Ohio State is set to host Minnesota before the highly anticipated clash with No. 2 Michigan on November 25. Michigan is currently dealing with a sign-stealing scandal that resulted in a suspension for coach Jim Harbaugh, but they managed to secure a 24-15 victory against No. 9 Penn State on Saturday.

McCord, completing 24 of 31 passes, was replaced in the fourth quarter. Harrison concluded the game with seven receptions for 149 yards, while tight end Cade Stover matched his career high with seven catches for 79 yards.

The excitement began with Harrison, who, in motion from the left side, took a pitch and ran 19 yards around the right end for his first career rushing touchdown. Following a missed field-goal attempt by the Spartans, Harrison showcased his receiving prowess by catching a 26-yard pass from McCord in the back corner of the end zone.

Harrison also caught a 9-yard TD pass early in the second quarter. TreVeyon Henderson added a 9-yard rushing touchdown, and Stover secured a 19-yard touchdown pass, contributing to a commanding 35-3 Ohio State lead at halftime.

In summary, Michigan State, coming off their first Big Ten win of the season, couldn’t keep up with Ohio State’s stellar performance. The Buckeyes are now gearing up for a crucial matchup with Michigan, provided they don’t underestimate Minnesota next week.

In terms of the polls, Ohio State’s dominant win over a lower-ranked Big Ten team should not result in any significant movement in their ranking.

Up Next – Ohio State vs Minnesota Gophers Saturday, November 18th

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

If you're a fan of Cleveland sports and want to stay up-to-date with the latest news, scores, and insights on your favorite teams, signing up for the Cleveland sports newsletter is a no-brainer.

Copyright © 2024 Believe In The Land

threads icon