Buckeyes force MSU to face harsh, joyless truth

EAST LANSING — Mark Dantonio shook his head in disgust at Jack Allen’s touchdown-nixing holding penalty, as if he knew the consequences.

His football team had tempted fate by scoffing at “the inches” he so often preaches about finding, inches his team had so often found during its storybook rise.

Suddenly, Michigan State was an inch away from everything — a made field goal, a tackle on an Ohio State 79-yard score. A momentary two-touchdown lead late in the second quarter became a tie game. And then the inches became a mile.

“Momentum just flipped,” Dantonio said.

Until it was over. The game, 49-37. MSU’s dreams for this season. And its fairytale. – Read more at LSJ.com

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