COLUMBUS, Ohio – Michigan State’s hopes of winning the Big Ten title are over.
The Ohio State No.5 (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten) routed the No.7 (9-2, 6-2) 56-7 Spartans on Saturday to take exclusive possession of the top spot in the East division.
Here are some notable quotes from Michigan State coach Mel Tucker and players:
“We blew ourselves up today. This is what it was.
– Tucker in the state of Ohio, inflicting on the state of Michigan its most unbalanced loss since 2002.
“I will remember this day for a long time. I will long remember the feeling of coming here and playing like we did. You take it with you, you learn from it, and then you have to move on.
– Quarterback Payton Thorne on the burst loss.
“Give them credit, they beat us. They were the much better team today and it was obvious. We have work to do to correct some things and we will. “
– Tucker on the Buckeyes, who edged the Spartans 655-224 in all-out attack.
“They would throw the ball over our heads and start it early. We dug a hole we couldn’t get out of.
–Safety Xavier Henderson on the Ohio State pass attack as CJ Stroud completed 32 of 35 shots for 432 yards and six touchdowns.
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“We saw these guys in the movie jump on people really early on so we knew we couldn’t allow that to happen because they can score quickly. They get up on you and draw the crowd and all that and then it’s a wrap. Obviously, it affected us. We fell behind early and at that point against a good team, it’s a bit insurmountable.
–Tucker at Ohio State took a 49-0 first-half lead while scoring touchdowns on his first seven possessions.
“They really haven’t done anything out of the ordinary, it’s not like they’ve given us a whole new defense. They played well, that’s their credit, they have good players but it’s not like they’re coming out with a whole new defense. They played their defense and they were better than us today.
– Thorne on Michigan State finishing with season low points and total yards.
“He’s a little messed up right now. We are going to make it as healthy as possible.
–Tucker on running back and Heisman Trophy contender Kenneth Walker III, who posted season lows of six carries for 25 yards and missed most of the second half. He rolled his ankle in last week’s win over Maryland.
“We just wanted to go out there and challenge them, especially on the line of scrimmage and we just couldn’t do it.”
– Henderson on Michigan State’s pass defense and Ohio State receivers Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson combining for 24 catches for 371 yards and five touchdowns.
“We’re going to learn from that experience, but there will be zero tolerance for any finger pointing, excusing manufacturing, things like that. It’s like the mentality of a loser. This is what the favorites do.
– Tucker on the State of Michigan which manages the loss.
“We felt good when we arrived in the game, we felt we had a good plan. We just haven’t succeeded. There is no magic behind it, there is no secret formula, you just have to come and do your stuff.
– Thorne on defeat.
“Recruiting is where we’re going to close the gap. We need more depth and we need more guys who can win one-on-one. I think it’s obvious and I don’t think it’s news actually, if anyone is paying attention. There’s execution, obviously, and then we’re going to recruit like crazy like we did. “
–Tucker on how the Spartans hope to compete with Ohio State, which has won six in a row over them and the last five by a combined margin of 216-38.
“He’s just the next man. If you are playing, you are a beginner – this is how we see it. “
– Thorne on wide receiver Jayden Reed, who missed the second half and had a boot on his right foot.
“I have a little shoulder action. I don’t think it’s too bad but they told me I shouldn’t play the rest of the half.
– Henderson missed the second half after coming out of the locker room in a sweatshirt.
“It’s extremely important. We want to win 10 games this year before the bowl game.
–Tight end Connor Heyward on the need to bounce back from the loss in the regular season final to Penn State next week.
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