CFB: Dantonio In The Shoe, Fish Win Again

by Dan Wolfgang on October 1, 2011 at 6:52 am

Michigan State 10 – Ohio State 7

Zanesville native and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio can finally say he’s beaten Ohio State.  In four previous attempts, the former Buckeye defensive coordinator was unable to pick up a victory.

Saturday, in the Horseshoe, his Spartans were the better team.  Michigan State recorded 9 sacks, completely shutting down Ohio State’s offense on the way to a 10-7 win in each team’s Big Ten opener.

It’s Michigan State’s first win over Ohio State since 1999 and the first for the Spartans in Columbus since upsetting then number-one OSU in 1998.

Ohio State’s late fourth quarter touchdown pass from Joe Bauserman to Evan Spencer kept a long-standing streak alive.  The last time the Buckeyes were shutout was back in 1993, a 28-0 loss at Michigan.  The last time that same feat was accomplished at home was back in 1982, when Wisconsin picked up a 6-0 win.

The Buckeyes were held under 200 yards of total offense and managed only 35 yards rushing against the nation’s top-ranked defense.  The OSU defense was able to force three turnovers, but couldn’t turn any into points.

Ohio State (3-2, 0-1) hits the road for a tough test in Nebraska.  Michigan State (4-1, 1-0) will take on its in-state rival Michigan after a bye week.

Other Big Ten Scores

Penn State 16 – Indiana 10

Minnesota 0 – #19 Michigan 58

Northwestern 35 – #24 Illinois 38

Illinois outscored Northwestern 21-7 in the fourth quarter to pull out a victory, winning the Land Of Lincoln Trophy with a 38-35 win.  Wildcats’ QB Dan Persa made his first start of the year and looked strong early, completing four touchdown passes in the second and third quarters.

He was outdone, though, by Nathan Scheelhaase of Illinois.  The sophomore threw for two second-half TDs and ran for the game-winning score with 13 seconds left in the game.

#8 Nebraska @ #7 Wisconsin, 8 p

Notre Dame @ Purdue, 8 p

Ohio Scores

Muskingum 14 – Wilmington 3

Muskingum scored on its opening drive and never looked back on its way to a 14-3 win over Wilmington.  That drive went 46 yards on 15 plays and ended with a Dalton Smith two yard run for a score.

From there, the Muskies defense took charge.  Of the Quakers’ 14 drives, three resulted in turnovers and only one put points on the board for Wilmington.

Muskingum’s offense struggled to build on its lead, until the fourth quarter.  In the closing minutes, Palmer Smith found the endzone on a one-yard score. 

The Muskies (4-0) returns home for a date with Heidelberg next week.

#2 Mount Union 14 – #24 Ohio Northern 6

The Purple Raiders picked up a win in their first road game of the season, 14-6, over 24th-ranked Ohio Northern.  It’s the second straight loss for the Polar Bears after a loss to Muskingum last week.

Both offenses stalled out of the gate, with seven of the first eight drives resulting in punts.  But in the second quarter, Mount Union started to pull ahead.  The Raiders marched methodically downfield, racking up 48 yards on 10 plays, the last a nine yard run from Jeremy Murray.

Murray found the house again, capping the opening drive of the third quarter with a seven-yard score.  The junior paced Mount with 135 yards rushing on 41 carries.

It wasn’t until late in the third frame that ONU enter Mount Union territory.  That first drive resulted in a turnover on downs.  On the next Polar Bears’ possession, Tyler Rue connected with Frank Thien for a 19-yard score, to make it a one score game.

After a Raider turnover on downs in Polar Bears territory, ONU manufactured a nine-play 36 yard drive to the Mount Union side of the field, but fumbled with under a minute to play.

Mount Union improves to 4-0 on the year and will host Marietta for homecoming next weekend.  Ohio Northern (2-2) heads to Capital.

Cincinnati 27 – Miami (OH) 0

Cincinnati’s offense totaled 400 yards and the defense held Miami to negative yards rushing in a 27-0 blowout win.  The Bearcats (4-1) got two scores from running back Isaiah Pead, while quarterback Zach Collaros struggled with one passing touchdown and two interceptions.

It’s the Bearcats first shutout in Oxford since 1898.  Cincinnati’s next game is in two weeks against Louisville.  Miami (0-4) welcomes Army next weekend.

Toledo 36 – Temple 13

Toledo’s three-game losing streak came to an end Saturday with a win in its first conference game, 36-13 over Temple. 

The Rockets led 22-13 at halftime, but really took over in the second half.  Toledo (2-3, 1-0) took advantage of an Owls fumble, interception and two turnovers on downs, en route to the victory.

Toledo takes on Eastern Michigan next week at home.  Temple (3-2, 1-1) takes on Ball State on the road.

Akron 23 – Eastern Michigan 31

Behind a great team rushing performance, Eastern Michigan ended a three-game losing skid against Akron with a 31-23 win.  The Eagles totaled 230 yards rushing in their conference opener, 164 of which came from Dominique White.  The junior added three scores on the ground.

Maysville product Kody Fulkerson hit his only field goal attempt, a 26-yard try just before halftime.  The sophomore is five-of-seven on field goal attempts this season.

Eastern Michigan (3-2, 1-0) travels to Toledo next week.  Akron (1-4, 0-2) will step out of the MAC to take on Florida International.

Kent State 10 – Ohio 17

Ohio improved to 4-1 while holding off a late charge from Kent State.  The Bobcats totaled four takeaways in the win.  That defensive performance helped take the pressure off quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who was able to complete 28-of-42 passes for 276 yards and two scores.

Ohio heads to Buffalo next week, looking to build off its best start since 1997.  Kent State (1-4, 0-1) heads to Northern Illinois next Saturday.

Bowling Green 10 – #22 West Virginia 55