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Game Recap: Ohio State beats Michigan 31-20

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Many missed opportunities

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Michigan Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines were without their starting quarterback Brandon Peters, and that’s what made all the difference today. John O’Korn repeatedly air missed open receivers, and with those missed opportunities, the fate of Michigan’s chances was decided.

Ohio State lost starting quarterback J.T. Barrett midway through the third quarter, but the offense actually started firing on all cylinders with backup Dwayne Haskins at the helm.

Michigan fell to Ohio State 31-20.

First Quarter

- Michigan has a 13 play, 77 yard drive that features three third down conversions and a mix of pass and run that culminates with a Khalid Hill 2 yard touchdown run. Michigan leads 7-0

Second Quarter

- Donovan Peoples-Jones has a monster punt return that puts Michigan in goal to go territory. The Wolverines cash in with a John O’Korn play action pass to Sean McKeon. Michigan leads 14-0

- After a Josh Metellus dropped interception, J.T. Barrett is able to gather himself and scramble for a 21 yard touchdown run on third down. Michigan leads 14-7

- The momentum appears to be shifting, Ohio State had negative total yards in the first quarter but the second quarter has been a different story. J.T. Barrett play actions out of the shotgun and find a wide open Marcus Baugh in the middle of the field. The play goes for 25 yards, touchdown Buckeyes. Score is tied 14-14

Third Quarter

- On Michigan’s second drive of the second half, a big screen pass to Peoples-Jones puts Michigan on the 7 yard line. Karan Higdon rushes for a two yard touchdown, but Quinn Nordin’s extra point is blocked. Michigan leads 20-14

- J.T. Barrett left the game due to injury, but that didn’t slow down the Ohio State offense. After a big scramble by QB Dwayne Haskins, J.K. Dobbins punches in a 1 yard touchdown run. Ohio State leads 21-20

Fourth Quarter

- The Buckeyes offense keeps rolling with Hasking, driving down the field yet again and getting point. Kicker Sean Neurnberger drills in a 44 yard field goal. Ohio State leads 24-20

- With less than two minutes to go, Ohio State sticks a dagger in Michigan on Mike Weber’s 25 yard touchdown run. Ohio State leads 31-20

FINAL SCORE: OHIO STATE 31 - MICHIGAN 20