The No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2, 8-1) came back to beat the Michigan Wolverines (8-4, 5-4) 31-20 on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, MI.
John O’Korn threw for 195 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Chris Evans has 11 carries for 67 yards while Karan Higdon had 11 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown.
The Wolverines Got the scoring started in the first quarter with a touchdown run by Khalid Hill. John O’Korn would add another on his next drive to make it 14-0 in favor of the Wolverines. The touchdown was O’Korn’s first in over two months.
However, the Buckeyes’ offense woke up in a big way thanks to J.T. Barrett who ran for a touchdown and threw for another on the next drive to tie it up at 14 going into halftime.
In the third quarter, Karan Higdon got Michigan the lead back with a 2-yard touchdown run. However, Quinn Nordin would have his extra-point attempt blocked making it 20-14 in favor of the maize and blue.
During the Buckeyes’ next drive, J.T. Barrett was forced out of the game with a knee injury leaving redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins to lead the offense. Haskins would go on to march the Buckeyes down the field for a touchdown and giving Ohio State a 21-20 lead. The Buckeyes would add a field goal on their next drive.
The Wolverines got all the way down to the OSU 39-yard line and were a yard away from a first down, but the maize and blue would turn it over on downs with 6:53 left in the game.
After getting possession back, Ohio State took the ball all the way into Michigan territory, but after going three and out, kicker Sean Nuernberger missed a 43 yard field goal and gave the Wolverines 2:47 left to start a comeback.
On Michigan’s next play from scrimmage, John O’Korn heaved it 50 yards hoping for a big play, but it was intercepted by Jordan Fuller and Ohio State would add another touchdown courtesy of Mike Weber, securing their sixth straight win over the Michigan Wolverines.
The Buckeyes will now head to Indianapolis to take on the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship game. Meanwhile, the Wolverines await to see which bowl game they’ll be placed in.