COLUMBUS, Ohio — In what turned out to be the highest-scoring game Ohio State has ever had against Michigan, the Buckeyes routed the Wolverines, 62-39, in The Game.
Ohio State started this game as well as you could imagine as a Malik Harrison sack of Michigan QB Shea Patterson led to a three-and-out on the Wolverines’ opening drive.
K.J. Hill then had a nice punt return of 23 yards to set up the Ohio State offense at their own 43. The Buckeyes made quick work with the short field as they drove 57 yards down the field on just six plays for a touchdown capped off by a 24-yard catch and run by Chris Olave for the score. The drive took Ohio State just 1:57.
Michigan would have a decent return to their own 35 to set up their second drive of the game, this one being more successful as the Wolverines managed to get on the board with a 39-yard field goal after driving 44 yards on ten plays.
After having tremendous success on their opening drive, Ohio State couldn’t get anything going offensively on their second drive as they had a net loss of six yards on a three-and-out as the Buckeyes would punt the ball away to Michigan.
Michigan once again put together a lengthy drive as they drove 52 yards on ten plays down to the Ohio State 13 to end the first quarter as the Buckeyes held a 7-3 lead after 15 minutes of play.
Michigan opened the second quarter with a 3rd and 6 at the Ohio State 13 which they were unable to convert and the Wolverines would settle for yet another field goal to cut the Buckeye lead to 7-6 just nine seconds into the second quarter.
Ohio State shot themselves in the foot on their ensuing drive as an 8-yard run by J.K. Dobbins had Ohio State set up with a 3rd and short situation but a late hit by Malcolm Pridgeon led to a 15-yard penalty and Ohio State was unable to convert on 3rd and 16 from inside their own territory.
The Buckeyes would get the ball back quickly after punting as Michigan was held to a three-and-out after two straight scoring drives as the Wolverines would punt the ball away to the Ohio State 20.
The Buckeyes then put together a long scoring drive as they went 80 yards on nine plays for their second touchdown of the season to take a 14-6 lead with 9:08 left in the first half. Chris Olave had yet another 24-yard touchdown catch for the Buckeyes’ second score of the game.
Michigan would run just four plays and pick up 20 yards on their following drive as they would be forced to punt yet again.
Ohio State once again put together a lengthy scoring drive as they drove 79 yards on eight plays for a touchdown capped off by a 31-yard wide open catch by Johnnie Dixon as Ohio State took a commanding 21-6 lead with 3:54 left in the half.
Michigan would get all the momentum back shortly as after an eight-play, 79-yard touchdown drive of their own, DeMario McCall would fumble the Michigan kickoff, giving the Wolverines back possession at the OSU 9.
Shea Patterson then made quick work as he found a wide open Chris Evans for a touchdown on the first play of the short drive to cut Ohio State’s lead to 21-19 after failing on the two-point conversion.
Ohio State would not just wallow into halftime, however, as the Buckeyes responded with a seven-play, 74-yard drive in the final 41 seconds of the first half. It appeared Benjimin Victor may have made a touchdown catch, but Ohio State would settle for a field goal to take a 24-19 halftime lead over Michigan after a dominating first half by the Buckeyes where they outgained the Wolverines in yardage, 278-183.
Neither team would come out of the half hot on offense as both teams were forced to punt on their opening drives.
Ohio State then set in motion what would be an offensive explosion as the Buckeyes drove 56 yards down the field for a field goal to extend their lead to 27-19.
Michigan would then be forced to punt on their ensuing drive, but the punt would be blocked by who else but Chris Olave and returned for a touchdown by Sevyn Banks.
The meltdown would continue for the Wolverines as Shea Patterson threw an interception to Jordan Fuller in Michigan territory which Ohio State then drove 22 yards down the short field for another touchdown on a run by Mike Weber to give the Buckeyes a commanding 41-19 lead with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter.
Michigan would respond on their ensuing drive which started in the third quarter with an 8-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to cut the lead to 41-25 with 14:11 remaining in the game after another failed two-point conversion.
Ohio State answered back quickly as Parris Campbell went 78 yards to the house on the first play of the following drive to increase the Buckeye lead to 48-25.
Michigan refused to go away as they responded with a lengthy 11-play, 86-yard touchdown drive to cut into the Ohio State lead, 48-32.
The Buckeyes would respond with a pair of touchdowns, one a 75-yard drive and another a 19-yard drive off of an interception by Shea Patterson.
Michigan would score a “garbage time” touchdown but it was too late for the Wolverines as Ohio State walked away with a 62-39 statement win over Michigan.
With the victory, Ohio State propels themselves into the Big Ten Championship Game next Saturday, December 1st where they will face a Top-20 Northwestern team.
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