Spartans drop Big Ten opener to Ohio State 17-16

Updated: September 29, 2012, 9:18 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- After pounding Ohio State's quarterback a year ago, the Michigan State Spartans spent much of this season's matchup chasing in futility.

Braxton Miller threw for 179 yards and ran for 136, and the 14th-ranked Buckeyes held off the 20th-ranked Spartans 17-16 on Saturday, giving Urban Meyer a win in his first Big Ten game as Buckeyes coach.

"We said earlier in the week he's a great quarterback who can run the ball. We just didn't make enough plays on him," Michigan ...

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