Buckeyes host Michigan St with Big Ten East up for grabs

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:17 AM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:17 AM

            Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is tackled by Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell, left, during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is tackled by Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell, left, during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Ohio State couldn't take much time to stew about its bad loss to Iowa last week. The Buckeyes had to get their minds right to play Michigan State with some emotion Saturday because the Big Ten East title is still there for the taking.

No. 13 Michigan State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten, CFP No. 12) visits Columbus riding high after last week's 27-24 victory over then-No. 7 Penn State. Thanks to Ohio State's loss, the Spartans find themselves in a first-place tie with the Buckeyes in the Big Ten East, and the winner Saturday will have the upper hand with two conference games remaining.

"Where we're at right now is pretty much where we wanted to be, in control of our own situation," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said this week.

With their national championship hopes dashed after being routed by Iowa, the Buckeyes (7-2, 5-1, CFP No. 13) are facing some of the biggest questions of the season. Will they play just as hard now that making the College Football Playoff is likely off the table? Is a Big Ten title motivation enough for a program that routinely has a national championship in its sights?

Coach Urban Meyer believes his team will show up.

"We've got to move forward and put our laser lights on what's important," he said. "That one is done. We have to get on Michigan State."

Here are some other things to know about Saturday's game:


Considering the 3-9 finish last season, Michigan State is the Big Ten's comeback team of the year. Bitten by the injury bug and relying on some new players, the Spartans dropped some close games last season, including a 17-16 rain-swept loss to Ohio State.

The Spartans' only losses this season have been to Notre Dame and Northwestern in three overtimes. A solid quarterback has emerged in Brian Lewerke, who threw two touchdown passes last week against Penn State.

Lewerke became the third Big Ten quarterback in the last 20 years to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games, joining Drew Brees of Purdue (1998) and C.J. Bacher of Northwestern (2007). He has attempted 113 passes over the past two games.

"My arm is sore, for sure," he said. "Against Northwestern, we spread it out a lot and went with empty sets a lot. Last week, just the kind of coverages that Penn State ran, good for passing lanes, and we definitely took advantage of them."


Ohio State coaches faced questions this week about why dynamic freshman running back J.K. Dobbins got just six carries against Iowa.

Meyer said he leaves that up to his assistants and prefers not to micromanage. Late in the game the Buckeyes had to keep passing to try to catch up, but it was a mystery why Dobbins didn't get more carries in the first half. He's got 914 yards rushing and five touchdowns through nine games.

"We've got to get him carries, we've got to," offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson acknowledged. "But I don't think you can force it, either. We can't be stubborn about it. He's a special player, he's a special kid."


Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has been an enigma this season.

He followed up a horrible game against Oklahoma in September with six straight high-scoring, stat-padding games. He played one of his most heroic games in the 39-38 win over Penn State only to follow up with a head-scratching collapse against unranked and less-talented Iowa.

Barrett, who worked his way into the Heisman Trophy conversation with the win over Penn State, threw four interceptions against the Hawkeyes, including a pick six on the first play of the game.

Barrett said this week it was a matter of trying too hard to make something happen, then forcing the issue when the Buckeyes got behind.

So what next?

"Get back to the fundamentals, and then move on from last week because we'd like to get it back but we can't, so with that we just have to grow from it, learn from it, get better," Barrett said.


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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 3:56 AM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 2:30 PM

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  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east
  • US 35 west ramps to I-75 north and south, RAMP CLOSURE Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. - Dec. 1 at 5 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 west to James H. McGee Boulevard to US 35 east to I-75 north and south 


  • SR 705 near Groff Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Dec. 11 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
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Man in stable condition after motorcycle crash in Greene County

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:50 PM

UPDATE @ 12:55 a.m: One man is in stable condition at Miami Valley Hospital after being flown by a medical helicopter from a motorcycle crash on Jasper Road Friday evening.

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The incident occurred around 10:40 p.m.

According to The Ohio Highway State Patrol, the individual has a few broken bones and is expected to recover.


A medical helicopter has been called to a motorcycle crash on Jasper Road this evening.

Emergency crews responded to the 2800 block of Jasper around 10:40 p.m.

Initial reports indicated at least one person was injured.

We’re working to learn more.

1 stabbed during fight in Dayton, police say

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 11:09 PM

UPDATE @ 11:31 p.m.:

One person was stabbed and the suspected stabber remains on the loose following a fight on Briarwood Avenue Friday night, according to police.

The man who was stabbed was taken to a local hospital, but is expected to be OK, police said.

Officers did take a juvenile into custody on the scene who may have been involved in the incident, police said.


Dayton police have responded to a possible stabbing on Briarwood Avenue this evening.

Initial reports indicated that multiple people were fighting and that at least one person was possibly stabbed.

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The incident was reported around 11 p.m. in the 400 block of Briarwood.

A caller to our news room said he saw a large response from police.

We’re working to learn more.

6 children shot, 1 killed in Cleveland neighborhood

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 11:27 PM

FROM THE SCENE: 6 children shot, 1 killed in Cleveland (courtesy of CBS affiliate WOIO).

Six children ranging in age from 12 to 16 years old were shot in a Cleveland neighborhood and one has died, according to CBS affiliate WOIO.

The shooting was reported Friday night in the 11000 Buckeye Road, WOIO reported.

According to WOIO, Cleveland police had blocked off East 116th Street and Buckeye Road following the shooting.

WOIO reported an unknown number of suspects dressed in black hooded sweatshirts remained on the loose Friday night.

The shooting was reported as a gunfight in the street.