Ohio State vs. Michigan State live score, updates, highlights from 2021 Big Ten football game

As the college football season comes to a close, the Big Ten East race is shaping up to be one of the tightest, with one of the most pivotal games of the season set to kick off on Saturday between Ohio State and Michigan State.

Just one game separates the two in the standings and both the Buckeyes and Spartans boast some of the nation’s most dynamic offensive skill position players.

On Ohio State, take your pick and you’ll get burned offensively. Wide receivers Chris Olave, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Garrett Wilson, running back TreVeyon Henderson or tight end Jeremy Ruckert can all do major damage and can at any one time become quarterback CJ Stroud’s or the Buckeyes’ go-to playmaker.

For their efforts, the Buckeyes rank third in third down conversion percentage, sixth in passing offense and most notably, first in points per game.

Michigan State meanwhile, has Kenneth Walker, one of the most electric running backs in the country. A Wake Forest transfer, Walker ranks first in the conference and second nationally in rushing yards, leads both the Big Ten and nation in rushing touchdowns and is averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

He’s been a big part of why the Spartans are 9-1 on the season and 6-1 in the Big Ten. The Spartans’ success is also a big reason why coach Mel Tucker is reportedly in line to sign a historic contract extension to keep him in East Lansing for the next decade.

This matchup figures to have its share of explosive offensive plays. Sporting News has all the info you need to catch this marquee Big Ten game.

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Ohio State vs. Michigan State score

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Ohio State 21
Michigan State 0

Ohio State vs. Michigan State live updates, highlights

All times Eastern.

12:51 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN OHIO STATE. Stroud completes to Olave for 43 yards in the end zone, marking his 35th touchdown of the season. Buckeyes lead 21-0 with 2:31 remaining in the first quarter. 

12:48: Spartans’ kicker Matt Coughlin missed a 46-yard field goal attempt, leaving MSU scoreless with 3:55 remaining in the first quarter. 

12:45: Thorne completes to Terry Lockett Jr., but he falls short of the first down and loses control of the ball. After an official review, the complete pass ruling is reversed, and Tommy Eichenberg gets credit for the breakup on the pass. 

12:42 p.m.: Walker rushes for 15 yards to position the Spartans at the OSU 29. 

12:39 p.m.: Thorne completes a 21-yard pass to Jayden Reed on third down to give the Spartans a fresh set of downs at the 42. 

12:37 p.m.: Kenneth Walker III makes a 10-yard rush for a first down at the MSU 36. 

12:35 p.m.: Tyreke Smith sacks Throne for a loss of four yards at the MSU 12. 

12:31 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN OHIO STATE. Stroud completes a deep pass to Wilson, who escapes defenders and runs into the end zone for a 77-yard score. Ohio State leads 14-0 with 8:03 left in the first quarter. 

12:25 p.m.: After Thorne throws consecutive incomplete passes, the Spartans punt from their own 35 on their opening drive. Jaxon Smith-Njigba returns, and the Buckeyes will start their second drive from their own 12. 

12:22 p.m.: Zach Harrison breaks up a pass from Thorne intended to Ricky White. 

12:20 p.m.: Thorne completes to Tyler Hunt for 16 yards for a first down at the Michigan State 35.

12:15 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN OHIO STATE. Stroud finds Olave for 23 yards in the end zone and puts the Buckeyes on the board in their opening drive. After the extra point is good, Ohio State leads 7-0 with 10:42 remaining in the first quarter. 

12:07 p.m.: Stroud completes to Garrett Wilson for 12 yards to give the Buckeyes a first down at the MSU 37. 

12:03 p.m.: After a false start penalty on the opening play of the game, Stroud makes consecutive completions to Chris Olave for a first down. 

12:00 p.m.: Michigan State wins the coin toss and defers. Ohio State starts with the ball from the 14 after the kickoff. 

Ohio State vs. Michigan State start time

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 20
  • Kickoff: Noon ET 

Ohio State vs. Michigan State will kick off at noon ET from Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

How to watch Ohio State vs. Michigan State

  • TV channel (national): ABC
  • Live stream: ESPN App, fuboTV

This matchup between Big Ten powers will air on ABC. Chris Fowler will handle play-by-play duties with former Buckeyes QB Kirk Herbstreit joining him as the analyst. The two will be accompanied by Holly Rowe reporting from the sidelines.

Ohio State football schedule 2021

Opponent Date Outcome
at Minnesota Sept. 2 Ohio State 45, Minnesota 31
vs. No. 12 Oregon Sept. 11 Oregon 35, Ohio State 28
vs. Tulsa Sept. 18 Ohio State 41, Tulsa 20
vs. Akron Sept. 25 Ohio State 59, Akron 7
at Rutgers Oct. 2 Ohio State 52, Rutgers 13
vs. Maryland Oct. 9 Ohio State 66, Maryland 17
at Indiana Oct. 23 Ohio State 54, Indiana 7
vs. Penn State Oct. 30 Ohio State 33, Penn State 24
at Nebraska Nov. 6 Ohio State 26, Nebraska 17
vs. Purdue Nov. 13 Ohio State 59, Purdue 31
vs. Michigan State Nov. 20 TBD
at Michigan Nov. 27 TBD

Michigan State football schedule 2021

Opponent Date Outcome
at Northwestern Sept. 3 Michigan State 38, Northwestern 21
vs. Youngstown State Sept. 11 Michigan State 42, Youngstown State 14
at No. 24 Miami (FL) Sept. 18 Michigan State 38, Miami 17
vs. Nebraska Sept. 25 Michigan State 23, Nebraska 20 (OT)
vs. Western Kentucky Oct. 2 Michigan State 48, Western Kentucky 31
at Rutgers Oct. 9 Michigan State 31, Rutgers 13
at Indiana Oct. 23 Michigan State 20, Indiana 15
vs. Michigan Oct. 30 Michigan State 37, Michigan 33
at Purdue Nov. 6 Purdue 40, Michigan 29
vs. Maryland Nov. 13 Michigan State 40, Maryland 21
at Ohio State Nov. 20 TBD
vs. Penn State Nov. 27 TBD

Jake Aferiat contributed to this article. 

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