Buckeyes Spoil Michigan’s Big Ten Championship Hopes

The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1, 8-1) came back to beat the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines (10-2, 7-2) 30-27 in double overtime on Saturday afternoon in Columbus.

Michigan has not won in Ohio Stadium since 2000.  At that time, Jim Harbaugh was still playing in the NFL and Urban Meyer was an assistant at Notre Dame.

Wilton Speight made the start for the maize and blue after missing Michigan’s previous game against Indiana with a collarbone injury.  He went 23 for 36 with 219 yards and two touchdowns.  However, he also threw two interceptions, both of which resulted in Ohio-State touchdowns.

De’Veon Smith did a lot of the rushing for Michigan.  The senior ran for 60 yards on 21 carries.  As a team, Michigan ran for just 91 yards on 43 carries.

Amara Darboh led Wolverines receivers with eight receptions for 68 yards.  Senior fullback Khalid Hill also had a good day as he racked up a receiving touchdown and a a rushing touchdown.

Michigan got the scoring underway with a field goal by Kenny Allen in the second quarter.  However, the momentum changed quickly when Malik Hooker intercepted Wilton Speight and ran it back for a touchdown.  The Wolverines answered immediately on their next drive with a one-yard touchdown run by Khalid Hill giving the team a 10-7 lead going into the second half.

After the teams exchanged turnovers to start the second half, the maize and blue took advantage of a failed fake-punt by Ohio State to go up 17-7.  Later on, Wilton Speight would throw another interception which the Buckeyes would capitalize on with a touchdown to cut their deficit to three.  Senior kicker Tyler Durbin would then send the game to overtime with a field goal on the last play of regulation after missing his previous two attempts.

After exchanging touchdowns in the first overtime, the maize and blue tacked on a field goal to start off the second.  The Buckeyes then put the game on ice when Curtis Samuel ran for a 15-yard touchdown after converting on a very close fourth-and-one.

The Wolverines will now wait to see which bowl game they will be placed in.

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