(WOIO) - Ohio State held on in East Lansing, Michigan and pulled out a 17-16 win over Michigan State.
Braxton Miller's 63 yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith late in the third quarter put the Buckeyes up 17-13, and from there they held on. The Spartans added a fourth quarter field goal to trim it to a point, but the OSU defense held on from there. The game was put away with a Carlos Hyde run to pick up a first down and set up three kneel-downs by Miller.
Miller did not have his best day. He was injured twice and turned the ball over three times. He briefly missed time in the first quarter after slamming into an equipment case on the sidelines in the first quarter. In the third quarter he tweaked his knee and fumbled for the second time of the game. That fumble lead to the Spartan field goal that made it 17-16.
Miller finished the day 16 of 23 for 179 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The Buckeyes improve to 5-0, they are 1-0 in Big Ten play, they host Nebraska next week.