EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- Ohio State fans have to be wondering why true freshman Ted Ginn Jr. wasn't getting the ball earlier in the season.
Ginn scored on a reverse, a punt return and a reception as the Buckeyes blew a big early lead before rallying for a 32-19 triumph over Big Ten Conference rival Michigan State.
Recruited as a cornerback, Ginn has been shifted to wide receiver to spark the Buckeyes' floundering offense. He delivered in this one.
The high school track star scored on a 17-yard reverse and a 60-yard punt return to help Ohio State (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) jump to a 17-0 first-quarter lead.
After the Buckeyes had given up 19 straight points, Ginn caught a short slant pass from Troy Smith and sprinted 58 yards for the go-ahead score with 1:37 remaining.
Michigan State (4-5, 3-3), which last week blew a 17-point lead with 6 1/2 minutes remaining at Michigan before losing in triple overtime, appeared to be still reeling from that defeat after spotting the Buckeyes the quick 17-point cushion.
But the Spartans chipped away and took their only lead, 19-17, on a 29-yard field goal by Dave Rayner with 3:06 remaining. Rayner made 4-of-5 field goals.
Smith completed 13-of-21 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown while Michigan State's Damon Dowdell was 29-of-46 for 262 yards and a score but was intercepted three times.