Buckeyes beat Wolverines for third straight time
By Adam LeitchAUBURN, Mich.
— Ohio State beat Michigan State for the third straight game Friday night for its third straight win in the rivalry game.
The Buckeyes (10-1, 5-1 Big Ten) are now 20-0 in the series against the Wolverines (7-5, 4-5).
The Buckeye-Michigan State game was the Buckeyes first since Nov. 3, 2009, when they beat Michigan.
The game was a game that had many Buckeyes looking forward to it.
They’re the defending national champions.
They beat Michigan last year.
They won the last meeting in November, a 41-42 overtime victory in Ann Arbor.
Michigan State had a pair of players suspended for the game.
Ohio State has lost all three meetings between the teams.
This was a rematch of the 2010 title game, the Buckeye winning 34-35.
This time it was Ohio State’s turn to win.
Ohio Stadium was rocking with fans, with the noise of fans and boos coming from the stands.
The Wolverines were looking to beat their first Big Ten win since 1984.
The game was tied at 14 on the final play of regulation when Michigan linebacker Kevin King knocked down an inbounds pass and ran down the sideline for a score.
The score was tied with 4:13 remaining in regulation, and then Michigan went on a 19-0 run to take a 41, 27-17 lead.
The Michigan State defense struggled with its coverage, forcing a few turnovers.
But Ohio State got the better of the play in the second half, scoring four straight points to put the game out of reach.
The first touchdown came on a 4-yard run by James Washington with 5:36 remaining.
The second touchdown came with 5 minutes left in the third quarter.
The fourth touchdown came from a 15-yard field goal with 3:07 remaining.
Ohio added a field goal in the fourth quarter to take the lead, 35-34.
Michigan made its third turnover of the game to take an 18-17 deficit to halftime.
Michigan went 3-for-12 on third downs, while Ohio State went 5-for.
They were able to make the game a little easier with a short field goal to seal it.
Michigan was able to keep the ball in the final minutes of regulation.
Michigan missed a chance to put a fourth touchdown on the board, but the Buchers did not need one.
It was a big win for the Buckies.
Michigan’s defensive coordinator was credited with the big play.
Ohio’s defensive line had a solid game, as did linebacker Deontay Burnett, who had 10 tackles and two tackles for loss.
They also had two sacks.
Ohio was the only team in the league to allow five rushing touchdowns and two interceptions.
The last time the two teams met was in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl.
The teams have met eight times in Big Ten play, and the last time they met was two years ago.
The Big Ten Championship Game is set for Jan. 5 at Michigan Stadium in Annapolis, Md.