The rivalry between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines is legendary. This was the 110th time these teams have met, and this was the highest scoring game they’d ever played.
For the first half, it was a fairly even match – even though the Wolverines were tipped as the underdogs. And even as late as the third quarter when Michigan was losing 35-21, they didn’t flag for a minute of the game.
The Wolverines fought back from the end of the third quarter through to even out the score five minutes from the end of the game, 35-35, with two touchdowns from Drew Dileo and Jake Butt. A 1-yard touchdown from Buckeyes Carlos Hyde put the score at 42-35 and, with less than a minute left in the game, Devin Funchess received a touchdown pass from Michigan quarterback, Devin Gardner.
The decision was there. Kick a 1-point conversion, draw the game and take potluck in overtime. Or go for a 2-point pass conversion and try to win the game there and then.
They went for it, and all power to them. However, Ohio State Tyvis Powell intercepted the pass with 32 seconds left to the game and then kept possession until the whistle blew.
But it wasn’t all friendly rivalry. After a Michigan kickoff, a melee started off with both teams pushing and shoving their opponents. And that’s where the fists started to fly. Two Buckeyes – Marcus Hall and Dontre Wilson – and Wolverine Royce Jenkins-Stone were ordered off the field for unsportsmanlike behavior.
Of course, Michigan quarterback, Gardner was disappointed after the game, “I threw an interception that cost us the win. That’s what I will remember.”
For the Buckeye’s, this was their 24th consecutive victory, and their hopes for the national championship were boosted when they got news that Auburn had beaten Alabama.
Ohio State coach, Urban Meyer was happy with their streak of wins, but beating Michigan was sweeter, “No question. The win over our rival is better.”