The Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 B1G) marched into Ann Arbor and dominated the Michigan Wolverines (9-3, 6-2 B1G) by a score of 42-13 in the first meeting of Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh.
OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott had a monster day, rushing for 214 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. JT Barrett added 139 yards on 19 carries with three touchdowns to go along with 113 yards passing and one touchdown.
The Michigan defense was gashed for 484 yards of total offense and could not stop the option or adjust to the tempo in which the Buckeyes were playing.
Michigan was unable to get the run game going. Jake Rudock led the way through the air with 263 yards and a touchdown.
The first quarter started with the Wolverines on offense. The two teams traded punts on the first three drives of the game. The Buckeyes were forced to punt to make it four, but a roughing the kicker penalty on Tyree Kinnel gave OSU an automatic first down. The next play, Elliott rumbled down the field for a gain of 66 yards and Barrett finished off the drive with a seven yard touchdown rush. At the end of one, the Buckeyes led 7-0.
Michigan got on the board in the second quarter with a 23-yard field goal from Kenny Allen. OSU answered with a nine play, 75 yard drive capped off by an Elliott touchdown. The Wolverines got into the endzone late in the second quarter on a five-yard touchdown pass from Rudock to Jehu Chesson to bring the score to 14-10 at halftime.
The Buckeyes got the ball to start the second half and struck quickly on an eight play, 82 yard drive capped off by a 25-yard pass from Barrett to Jalin Marshall. On their next offensive possession, OSU used a 16-play, 84 yard drive that bled over seven minutes of clock finished off by a touchdown from from Barrett to put them up 28-10. A pair of long passes to Chesson and Darboh put the Wolverines inside the Ohio State 10-yard line as the third quarter expired.
Michigan's drive to start the fourth quarter stalled and they had to settle for a 27-yard field goal from Allen, cutting the deficit to 28-13. The Buckeyes responded quickly on a six play, 75-yard drive in 1:51 to go up 35-13. On Michigan's ensuing drive, Rudock was sacked on second down by Joey Bosa and landed awkwardly on his left shoulder and was removed from the game. Wilton Speight replaced him and the Wolverines turned the ball over on downs. OSU would follow that up with a 16-yard touchdown run from Barrett.
Michigan has now dropped 12 of its last 13 games against the Buckeyes. They'll sit tight now and wait for championship week to end to find out their bowl assignment.