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Linked Up: Looking at Ohio State's recent wins in East Lansing

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One of the biggest Big Ten games of the season takes place in East Lansing this weekend when the Buckeyes come to town.

MSU broke a long losing streak against Ohio State last year with a win in Columbus, but the Spartans haven't downed the Bucks in East Lansing since 1999. The most recent visits have been blowouts — the latest coming in 2008.

So what are the keys to another Ohio State win? Our sister blog, Land-Grant Holy Land took at look at OSU's recent wins at Spartan Stadium to find them.

In 2004, Ohio State was facing a transition year, losing starting quarterback Craig Krenzel to graduation. Coach Tressel tabbed Justin Zwick as the starter for the beginning of the season, but Zwick suffered a shoulder separation injury in a gruesome October loss at Iowa, opening the door for Troy Smith to become the starter.


Well, with Smith maturing into the starting quarterback position, Ohio State needed someone else on the team to serve as a spark to get Ohio State back on a winning track.

Enter Ted Ginn, Jr. Ginn had begun making plays as a true freshman, but the game at Michigan State truly seemed to show off his abilities. Check out this punt return that played a big part in Ohio State's 2004 victory over Michigan State, 32-19.

Check out the whole story here. (Sorry for the bad memories)