The Buckeyes and the Wolverines are big-time rivals in college football. Ohio State traveled to Michigan in a game that had major implications as a win for Ohio State would put them in the driver seat for the College Football Playoff. A win for Michigan would put them in the Big Ten Championship game and be in the conversation for the College Football Playoff. The weather conditions were not ideal, as it was snowing during the game. Let’s head to the action, shall we? Michigan struck first on a reverse run play, wide receiver A.J. Henning ran to the right and ran into the end zone to put Michigan in the lead 7-0. Early on, Ohio State’s defense looked shaky as they missed multiple tackles and were unable to stop Michigan’s offense. Things quickly changed, Michigan was pushing the ball down the field, and then as Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara threw the ball near the end zone, Buckeyes safety Bryson Shaw came up with an interception.
Ohio State mustered three points on their next drive, as kicker Noah Ruggles connected on a 31- yard field goal. On Ohio State’s next possession, C.J. Stroud tossed a perfect pass to Garrett Wilson, who made a spectacular leaping grab, despite excellent coverage. The 25-yard touchdown pass gave Ohio State a 10-7 lead. Michigan responded with a one-yard touchdown run by running back Hassan Haskins, which gave Michigan a 14-10 lead. Late in the second quarter, Ohio State would tack on a field goal to cut Michigan’s lead to 14-13, heading into halftime. Heading into the tunnel, both teams exchanged words even the coaches got into a heated argument as the referees had to be peacemakers. This made it more intriguing to watch as both sides can’t stand one another.
At the start of the second half, Michigan emphasized running the football, as Ohio State had no answer. Michigan running back Hassan Haskins busted his way through the Ohio State defense and into the end zone on a 13- yard run to expand the lead to 21-13 Michigan. The game got more intense as a Buckeyes and Wolverines player got into a scuffle, which led to more pushing and shoving. The result of the actions from the Buckeyes defender led to a penalty which set up a one-yard rushing touchdown by Hassan Haskins, which widened the lead to 28-13 Michigan. Ohio State bounced back as C.J. Stroud got in a groove and connected with Jaxson Smith-Njigba on multiple occasions. The drive concluded on a 1- yard touchdown run by TreVeyon Henderson that trimmed the Michigan lead to 28-20.
Ohio State would shoot themselves in the foot as they jumped offsides on a crucial third and one play that would give Michigan a fresh set of downs. A couple of plays later, Ohio State would get flagged for a pass interference call that would allow Michigan to score on a two-yard run by Hassan Haskins that pushed the lead to a 35-20 lead for the Wolverines. Ohio State would fight back as C.J. Stroud continued to push the offense down the field. C.J. Stroud connected with TreVeyon Henderson on a 10-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to eight points. At that point in the game, Michigan was up 35-27. Michigan running back Hassan Haskins would put the game on ice, as he ran for a four-yard touchdown to close the game out. The final score from Ann Arbor was Michigan 42 Ohio State 27.
Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud did his part to keep Ohio State in the game as he completed 34 out of 49 passing attempts, threw for 394 yards, and two touchdown passes. The big difference was that Michigan was more effective running the ball, as Hassan Haskins would finish his day with 28 carries for 169 yards, and five touchdown runs. Michigan had 297 rushing yards compared to Ohio State who had 64 rushing yards. That is a huge difference and not to mention Ohio State’s defense was undisciplined as they had ten penalties for 66 yards. It is a disappointing loss for the players, as they are a talented group that will be successful, though this is not their year and the coaches need to prep and be better because they were out-coached. It is now time to wait and see which bowl game the Buckeyes will be playing in.