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Report: Buckeyes' game-film 'cuts' upset Spartans

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Michigan State lost to Ohio State on the football field Saturday and then cried foul afterward.

Not about the final result, but the films that Ohio State was required to send to Michigan State of its first four non-conference games in advance of Saturday's Big Ten matchup in East Lansing, Mich., that the Buckeyes won 17-16.

Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi claimed that Ohio State doctored the video and that school officials pointed it out to the Big Ten office, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Athletics directors from the two schools resolved the issue without the Big Ten's involvement, according to the Free Press.

Narduzzi told the newspaper that Ohio State edited pre-snap motions and shifts.

"We had tape cut off all week, where they changed the tape, I'm not going to lie to you," Narduzzi said in an interview after the game. "They send you tape and they've got it all cut off, and you don't get to see shifts or motions or anything else."

The Big Ten mandates that each team give the opponent game films before they play. Narduzzi said the tapes didn't match what the Buckeyes had shown in previous games.

"We're like 'We don't see any of that," Narduzzi told the Free Press. "We see it on their tape but not on our tape.' So that's something I'm sure the Big Ten office will hopefully take care of."

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was surprised when asked by the Free Press about the video complaint.

"I don't know anything about that," Meyer said. "I don't handle the video. What are they saying?"

He then added, "There is no video issue here."
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