COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State was held to just two yards rushing and 145 passing in losing to visiting Michigan State, 13-7. By 10:41 of the second quarter all the scoring had been done, and the Spartans (5-2-1, 4-0-1) continued their march toward a Rose Bowl appearance.

The day started out on a promising note for the Buckeyes (5-2-1, 3-2) when Tom Tupa hit Everett Ross with a 79-yard scoring strike on the very first offensive play of the game. But for the remainder of the game OSU could total only 68 yards.

The Michigan State defense limited the Buckeyes to their lowest rushing total since a minus-22 yard effort against the Spartans in 1965. MSU harassed Tupa into a pair of interceptions and recorded seven sacks of Buckeye quarterbacks for a minus-50 yards.

On the plus side, the Ohio State defense turned in a solid effort, limiting Michigan State to 68 total yards in the second half. Lorenzo White rushed for 80 yards, well below his season’s average of 121.6.



Date League Season Attendance
October 31, 1987 Ohio State 1987 89,915


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