NCAA Game Summary - Michigan at Ohio State|
(Saturday, November 27th)
Final Score: (8) Ohio State 37, Michigan 7
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Terrelle Pryor threw two touchdown passes in
an explosive second quarter, as eighth-ranked Ohio State clinched a share of
the Big Ten championship with a 37-7 victory over bitter rival Michigan.
The Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) matched the record of six straight conference
titles won by Ohio State from 1972-77.
Heading into Saturday, the Buckeyes were tied with Michigan State and
Wisconsin in the conference standings. The Spartans notched a road win against
Penn State, while the Badgers routed Northwestern. By virtue of the
conference tiebreaker system, the highest-ranked team among Ohio State,
Michigan State and the Badgers in Sunday's BCS rankings will head to the Rose
Bowl as the Big Ten champion representative.
"I'm proud of these guys. We fought all day long," Ohio State head coach Jim
Tressel said. "Our kids prepared very hard and played hard and they deserve
everything that comes to them."
Pryor was 18-of-27 passing for 220 yards and added 49 yards on the ground.
Dan Herron had 175 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for Ohio State, which
has won seven straight over Michigan.
Denard Robinson connected on 8-of-18 passes for just 87 yards and carried the
ball 18 times for 105 yards for the Wolverines (7-5, 3-5). Robinson was
limited in the second half because of a left hand injury.
"He dislocated a couple of fingers on his left hand," Michigan head coach Rich
Rodriguez said of his star quarterback. "He likes to grip the ball with his
left hand, and he just couldn't get feeling back into it."
After turning the ball over on downs in enemy territory on their first
possession of the game, Robinson took the Wolverines to the Ohio State 26-
yard-line, where on third down he ran 17 yards before fumbling.
Ohio State's Nathan Williams recovered the ball at his own nine, and the
Buckeyes capitalized on the turnover as Devin Barclay made a 33-yard field
goal eight seconds into the second quarter. The key play of the drive was
Pryor's 39-yard completion to Sanzenbacher to the Michigan 47 on third down.
Ohio State had gone three-and-out on each of its first two possessions.
The Buckeyes got the ball back at the Michigan 35 following a short punt from
Seth Broekhuizen. Sanzenbacher caught a seven-yard TD pass to give Ohio State
a 10-0 lead five plays later.
Michael Shaw's one-yard touchdown run capped an 11-play drive and put the
Wolverines on the board with 8:02 remaining in the frame, but Jordan Hall
returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to make it 17-7 in favor of the home
DeVier Posey caught a 33-yard TD pass from Pryor to extend Ohio State's
advantage to 24-7. The Buckeyes were threatening again following a Michigan
fumble, but Jordan Kovacs picked off Pryor near the goal line on the final
play of the quarter, keeping the Wolverines' halftime deficit at 17 points.
Tate Forcier, playing in place of Robinson -- who got hurt in the second
quarter -- was intercepted by OSU's Travis Howard on the first play of the
The Buckeyes converted the turnover into a Herron 32-yard TD run.
Robinson returned behind center on Michigan's next series, but the Wolverines
wound up punting the ball.
Herron rumbled 98 yards to the end zone on the first play of the subsequent
drive, but a holding penalty negated the touchdown. Barclay eventually kicked
a 36-yard field goal to put Ohio State up 34-7.
A 23-yard Barclay field goal capped the scoring with 68 seconds left in the
Posey caught five passes for 82 yards...Darryl Stonum had 81 yards on seven
receptions for Michigan...Forcier completed 8-of-15 throws for 82 yards...The
Wolverines have lost five in a row at Ohio Stadium. Michigan's last victory in
Columbus came in 2000...Saturday was the 107th meeting between Ohio State and
Michigan. The Wolverines still lead the all-time series 57-44-6.
11/27 21:06:15 ET