Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields breaks though Michigan State defenders in Saturday's game. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields breaks though Michigan State defenders in Saturday's game. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State passed their first real test of the season with a 34-10 victory over the Spartans. J.K. Dobbins was a workhorse for the Buckeyes with 172 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. Justin Fields went 17-of-25 for 206 yards in the air with a pair of touchdowns and he found the endzone once on the ground.

Ohio State was held to just 15 yards in the first quarter but still maintained a 3-0 lead. Penalties plagued the Buckeyes early on and held their dynamic offense in check. They suffered 10 penalties for 85-yards in the game.

“We got off schedule a little bit,” said Ohio State head coach Ryan Day. “We knew it was going to be hard to run against these guys. It always is, but on third down we didn’t do a great job for a couple different reasons. We hit a third down in the second quarter, big third-down conversion, I think it was to K.J., and we got into a rhythm and we kind of go. I think we wore them down maybe a little more in the second quarter. It was not a good quarter of football on offense. When you’re playing against a team like Michigan State, things like that are going to happen. You have to respond and I thought we did.”

It was a scoring bonanza in the second quarter as the Buckeyes took a 27-10 lead before the break. Fields connected with Binjimen Victor on a 60-yard pass to make it 10-0. Michigan State responded with a 20-yard touchdown pass on the next drive from Brian Lewerke to Darrell Stewart Jr. and cut the Ohio State lead down to 10-7.

Lewerke finished the game with 20 completions on 38 attempts for 218 yards and a touchdown. Stewart led the Spartans with six receptions for 68 yards.

The Buckeyes capped off a seven-play, 75-yard drive with a touchdown pass from Fields to tight end Luke Farrell and gave them a 17-7 advantage. Michigan State responded with a field goal to draw within a touchdown but Dobbins busted a 67-yard run on the next drive to make it 24-10.

Blake Haubeil hit a 43-yard field goal with :05 remaining in the half to give Ohio State a 27-10 lead at the break.

Fields ran in a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to extend the Buckeyes lead to 34-10. After the sluggish first quarter, Ohio State put up 529 total yards to 285 by Michigan State.

“I want to thank everybody who came out tonight with the blackout,” Day added. “I thought the atmosphere was awesome and electric. Third down was really loud and a couple of drives there in the third quarter I thought the crowd really played into it. We get the missed field goal, couple three-and-outs. I thought was really important to play good in the third quarter. The crowd was awesome all night and I really appreciate Buckeye Nation and their support.”

Ohio State improved to 6-0 (3-0) with the win and is currently tied with Georgia for the three spot on the AP Top 25.