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Michigan State vs. Ohio State score: Defenses dominate as Buckeyes lead 7-3 at halftime

Both the Michigan State Spartans and Ohio State Buckeyes scored on their opening drives of the game, but then both defenses settled in and didn't allow a point the rest of the half, as Ohio State leads 7-3 at halftime.

Michigan State had a scoring opportunity in the final minute of the half, driving inside the Ohio State 25, but three straight incompletions by Andrew Maxwell were followed by a missed 42-yard field goal by Dan Conroy.

The Michigan State defense has forced Ohio State into two turnovers, both by quarterback Braxton Miller. Miller threw a pass that was intercepted by Kurtis Drummond with 10:42 remaining in the second quarter. He lost a fumble in Michigan State territory with 2:20 left in the quarter on an option play. Ohio State had just taken possession after blocking a Michigan State punt.

Miller has carried the ball 12 times for 66 yards. He's 9-for-12 passing for 68 yards. Running back Jordan Hall, who left the game with an injury in the second quarter, has six carries for 26 yards and a touchdown.

Maxwell is 13-for-26 for 129 yards. Running back Le'Veon Bell has carried the ball eight times for 28 yards and caught six passes for 44 yards.