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Game Recap: Ohio State clobbers Michigan 62-39

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A nightmare in Columbus for Michigan

NCAA Football: Michigan at Ohio State Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

There was hope and optimism on Saturday morning. With a win, the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines would be heading to the Big Ten Championship Game. A loss to Ohio State, and the dreams of a College Football Playoff berth disappear.

Well, at the end of four quarters, that same old familiar feeling remains for Michigan players and fans alike.

First Quarter

- Michigan’s’ first possession is a three and out and OSU received the ball around midfield. A few crossing patterns pick up big chunks, the last being a 24-yard TD pass from Dwayne Haskins to Chris Olave. 11:24 left in the 1st. Ohio State leads 7-0

- Michigan needed a semi-long drive to allow their defense to make the adjustments necessary to combat OSU’s passing attack. U-M has a 10 play 44-yard scoring drive that lasts 5 minutes, they get on the board with a 39-yard Jake Moody field goal. 6:22 left in 1st. Ohio State leads 7-3

Second Quarter

- On third down on the 13, Patterson scrambles and finds Zach Gentry in the endzone, the ball is in Gentry’s hands, but the OSU defender is able to make contact and knock it out. What could have been a TD turns into a 31-yard Moody FG. Ohio State leads 7-6

- The Buckeyes are having success through the air. Haskins is up to 121 yards passing and 2 TDs after he hits Chris Olave for a 24-yard TD pass, Olave’s second of the day. Ohio State leads 14-6

- Things are not going Michigan’s way to this point, as Haskins picks the secondary apart yet again, engineering an 8 play 79-yard drive that ends with him finding a wide open Johnnie Dixon for a 31-yard TD pass. Ohio State leads 21-6

- The madness begins. Patterson puts together an efficient two-minute drill and keeps moving the chains. He finds Nico Collins on a backshoulder pass in the end-zone for a TD. Ohio State leads 21-13

- There’s under a minute in the half at this point, but OSU return man Demario McCall fumbles and Michigan recovers at the 9-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Patterson passes to a wide open Chris Evans on the right side of the field and Evans takes it in for a TD. U-M’s two-point conversion is unsuccessful. Ohio State leads 21-19

- There may be just 41 second left, but OSU drives down the field, aided by a defensive holding call and pass interference penalty on Michigan. The drive stalls with goal to go and OSU must settle for a field goal as time expires in the half. Ohio State leads 24-19

Third Quarter

- A Blake Haubeil 19-yard field goal stretches the lead. Ohio State leads 27-19

- Will Hart’s punt is blocked and taken to the house by Sevyn Banks, a 33-yard score. Ohio State leads 34-19

- A Shea Patterson interception puts OSU in great field position, and Mike Weber has himself a 2-yard TD run. Ohio State leads 41-19

Fourth Quarter

- Michigan’s hopes of winning this game are on life support, but they’re not dead yet. Patterson hits Nico Collins in the back corner of the end zone for a jump ball. The play is initially called incomplete but after an official review, the call is changed to touchdown. Michigan’s 2-point conversion is unsuccessful. Ohio State leads 41-25

- It only takes Ohio State one play to answer Michigan’s score, a fake hand off that ultimately is a jet sweep to Parris Campbell, a backbreaking 78-yard TD. The drive lasts only 11 seconds. Ohio State leads 48-25

- Shea Patterson gets injured on a drive where Michigan is moving the chains. Brandon Peters comes in and hands the ball off to Ben Mason for a 1-yard TD run. Ohio State leads 48-32

- Michigan just cannot stop the OSU offense, who now has 513 yard of total offense. Another methodical drive ends with another TD for the Buckeyes, this time a 1-yard TD pass to K.J. Hill. Ohio State leads 55-32

- The bleeding continues, after Joe Milton throws an interception, Haskins throws a TD pass to Parris Campbell for 16 yards. Ohio State leads 62-32

- Joe Milton nets Michigan some points with a 4-yard TD run. Ohio State leads 62-39

FINAL SCORE: OHIO STATE 62 - MICHIGAN 39