Ohio State scratched past Michigan behind a stellar defensive effort in the second half, then enjoyed every last second on the field before leaving it for the final time this season.
Kenny Guiton stepped in capably when Braxton Miller missed a handful of plays against Michigan State, justifying Urban Meyer's faith in the backup.
Ohio State proved at Michigan State that it has the ability to change gears from its uptempo, no-huddle offense down to a possession-based, clock-killing style when necessary.
As long as Ohio State has at least one more point than the opponent, there won't be any complaining from Urban Meyer, who won in his first game in a new conference for the fourth time in his coaching career.
Big plays, bad reads, turnovers, injuries -- the Buckeyes right now only go as far as Braxton Miller can take them. On Saturday at Michigan State, he took them to 5-0.
Jake Stoneburner has wide receiver skills, but the senior tight end's blocking prowess allows him to make a positive impact even if he doesn't catch the ball.
Braxton Miller still is figuring out how to be comfortable in the pocket, and his line knows protection will be key against a Michigan State team that sacked Miller nine times in 2011.
Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell will provide a stern test for an Ohio State team that has struggled even making straightforward tackles heading into its Big Ten opener on the road Saturday.