Ann Arbor, Michigan (W.C.M.H.) — Ohio State lost to Michigan for the third straight year as the Buckeyes ended the regular season with a 30-24 loss at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. This is the first time since the 1995-97 season that the Wolverines have defeated the Buckeyes in three consecutive games.
“We’re all disappointed,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “We know what this game means to so many people. You’ve spent a year on it, so it’s tough not to get results. There’s a dilapidated changing room there. .”
With this loss, OSU will finish the regular season with an 11-1 record for the second straight year and will not compete in the Big Ten Championship. The Wolverines will play Iowa State next Saturday in Indianapolis, looking to win their third consecutive conference title and make the College Football Playoff for another season.
OSU will need to hope for a mixed result in next weekend’s conference championship game to advance to the final four-team College Football Playoff. Unlike last year, the path to the playoffs is much more complicated for the Buckeyes.
Michigan came on early in the first quarter after a Kyle McCord interception put Michigan seven yards into the end zone, but the Buckeyes never took the lead during the game. The Wolverines took the lead with a touchdown on Blake Collum’s fourth-and-goal run.
“Honestly, there aren’t many words to say in a moment like this,” McCord said. “This was one of those games where we gave it our all and it hurts that we didn’t get the result.”
After trading scores throughout the second and third quarters, the Wolverines took the lead late in the third on Colm’s 22-yard touchdown run. Michigan never looked back, taking a six-point lead with 1:05 left in the game.
This gave McCord another chance for a heroic, last-gasp touchdown drive. After several long passing plays into Michigan State territory, he threw his second interception of the game, sealing Michigan’s victory. With this loss, OSU lost control of its destiny to once again qualify for the playoffs.
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- Buckeyes start with three-and-out.: After two runs by Treveyon Henderson, Ohio State was unable to score in the third and fourth, with Emeka Egbuka dropping a Kyle McCord pass.
- Wolverines punt on first drive: The Buckeyes’ defense got off to the same start as the Wolverines, forcing a three-and-out and allowing just five yards.
- OSU punts after maiden first down: On their second drive, the Buckeyes took the lead with a dump pass from McCord to Henderson. A screen pass to 3rd-and-10 Xavier Johnson fell one yard short of continuing the drive.
- Michigan can’t move the chains on the second drive: The Wolverines’ offense was again three-and-out after runs by Blake Collum, Donovan Edwards and quarterback JJ McCarthy went only eight yards.
- McCord throws an interception deep in his own half. The first play of OSU’s third drive resulted in the first turnover of the game. McCord threw to Marvin Harrison Jr. on a slant, and the pass was intercepted by Michigan’s Will Johnson into the red zone.
- Wolverines score on Colm’s touchdown: An interception brought Michigan to the Ohio State 7-yard line. The Wolverines took advantage of a short field to score their first touchdown, with Colm diving for the fourth and scoring near the goal line. Michigan State 7, Ohio State 0
- The Buckeyes respond with a field goal. OSU had its best drive on offense, with McCord finding Marvin Harrison Jr. on third down for a 24-yard gain. The Buckeyes finished the drive with a 43-yard field goal by Jayden Fielding to take the lead. Ohio State 3, Michigan 7
- Michigan TD extends lead after long drive: The Wolverines extended their lead after an impressive 14-play, 75-yard drive that included two fourth-down conversions. McCarthy went from 3rd and 10 yards to find Roman Wilson from 22 yards out for a touchdown. Michigan State 14, Ohio State 3
- Egbuka scores Buckeyes’ first touchdown.: Ohio State got the reaction it needed after falling behind by 11 points. The eight-lay, 73-yard drive was highlighted by a 32-yard catch by Cade Stover and a simple 3-yard TD catch by Egbuka. Ohio State 10, Michigan 14
- Hall Jr.’s firing halts Michigan’s path.: The Buckeyes continued their momentum even after Mike Hall Jr. sacked McCarthy in his third and fifth at-bats. Michigan’s Tommy Dorman pinned OSU to its own 2-yard line and executed a big punt.
- Buckeyes miss field goal heading into halftime: McCord made the biggest play of the first half with a 42-yard throw to Harrison Jr. from OSU’s own 14-yard line. Fielding came on, but missed a 52-yard field goal just to the left.
- The Wolverines make a FG to start the second half.: The first drive of the third quarter lasted just five plays for Michigan, but they went up by seven points after James Turner’s 50-yard field goal. Michigan State 17, Ohio State 10
- Henderson scores the tying goal at Ohio State.: The Buckeyes beat the Wolverines with back-to-back runs on a 12-play drive that included nine running plays. Henderson punched it in from three yards to go, tying the game with the extra point. Ohio State 17, Michigan 17
- Michigan lineman suffers serious leg injury: During Michigan’s second drive of the third quarter, offensive lineman Zach Ginter injured his leg with 2:19 left in the quarter. He was carried on his stretcher with his legs completely immobilized.
- Colm’s second touchdown gives Michigan back the lead.: Playing after Ginter’s injury, Colm ran from the left side and scored a 22-yard rushing touchdown. The Wolverines regained the lead with their second TD of the game. Michigan State 24, Ohio State 17
- Buckeyes go 3-and-out.: The Ann Arbor crowd turned up the volume as OSU failed to get a first down on the ensuing drive.
- Wolverines up double digits after FG: Michigan opened the final quarter with a brave trick play, as running back Donovan Edwards threw a 34-yard pass to Colston Loveland. Turner made a 38-yard field goal. Michigan State 27, Ohio State 17
- Harrison Jr. touchdown moves closer for OSU: The Buckeyes fought back with a fast and efficient eight-play drive that ended with a 14-yard catch-and-run from Harrison Jr. into the end zone. Ohio State 24, Michigan 27
- Michigan takes a 6-point lead with 1:05 left.: The Wolverines killed most of the clock, forcing the Buckeyes to waste all three timeouts. Turner’s 37-yard field goal with 65 seconds left gave the Wolverines a six-point lead. Michigan State 30, Ohio State 24
- McCord makes an interception on the final drive.: With just a minute left, McCord needed a last-second drive to win the game.After several big passing plays, the Buckeyes quarterback threw an interception to end the game.
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