At the end of the first half the score was 24-19, Michigan was trailing Ohio State by 5. Both teams were still confident and still very optomistic, and as the saying goes, it was still anybody’s game.
The final score was 62-39. Ohio State won. What happened? What happened between that moment and the end of the game?
By the time the fourth quarter started Ohio State was having fun so let’s look at the third quarter.
On the Buckeye’s first possession they drove but ended up punting the ball. Michigan’s starting corner David Long was injured and left the game.
On the Buckeye’s second possession they drove downfield and kicked a field goal with 8:25 left in the quarter. During the possession Michigan’s starting linebacker Devin Bush was injured and left the game. The score was now 27-19, Ohio State.
The Buckeyes kicked off to Michigan. Michigan was held and eventually forced into a punting situation on a 4th and whatever. Ohio State blocked the punt and scored. With 4:48 left in the quater the score was 34-19. OSU was up by 15 points.
On Michigan’s third possession they lost a receiver to injury. Also, Shea Patterson was hurried and threw an interception. Ohio scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive. The score was 41-19, and Ohio State had a 22 point lead.
That was pretty much it.
The Wolverines fourth posession carried over into the fourth quarter, and wide receiver Nico Collins caught a touchdown pass from Shea Patterson with fourteen minutes left.
Michigan lost three players to injury in the quarter.
Ohio State’s defense played excellent. They held Michigan to zero points in the third quarter. They also intercepted a pass that was turned into a touchdown.
Ohio State played excellent on special teams. They scored a touchdown off a blocked punt.
Michigan might’ve been favored, but Ohio State was clearly the better team. Michigan had the best defense in college football, but Ohio State scored 62 points on them.
Is this even a rivalry game anymore?