ANN ARBOR, MI — The Buckeyes were riding a 23-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s game and looking to make it 24 straight against “that team up north,” but holding off the Michigan Wolverines wasn’t the breeze Ohio State expected.
Michigan ( 7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) had lost three of it’s last four games entering the day, but was able to get on the board first when Devin Gardner found the end zone in the first quarter.
Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes immediately responded with a completed pass to Devin Smith for 53-yards for the TD.
The boarder battle intensified in the second quarter when three players were ejected from the game after a fight broke out on the field. The brawl started following an Ohio State kickoff return from Dontre Wilson. Officials ejected Wilson and Ohio State starting right guard Marcus Hall as well as Michigan linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone.
The back-and-forth touchdowns continued until the 4th quarter when Michigan looked to take the lead in the final seconds after scoring a touchdown to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 42-41. Ohio State’s Tyvis Powell intercepted Michigan’s 2-point conversion pass attempt and the Buckeyes narrowly escaped with the win.
In all, the game was tied four times with 1,129 yards of offense.