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Ohio State coach Ryan Day hopeful that 'worst part is behind us' after COVID-19 issues

Ohio State coach Ryan Day is hopeful that "the worst part's behind us" after the No. 4 Buckeyes returned to the field Saturday and beat Michigan State 52-12 despite being short-handed because of COVID-19.

The Buckeyes (5-0) played without three starting offensive lineman -- tackles Thayer Munford and Nicholas Petit-Frere, and center Josh Myers -- and linebacker Tuf Borland, a three-time captain, in the win against Michigan State.

The team listed 23 players out for Saturday's game without specifying any reason, but many of them had been active against No.