Ohio State vs. Michigan: Ohio State powers past Michigan at Michigan Stadium

Written By Skylar Rolstad
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The Michigan Wolverines held the Ohio State Buckeyes to task, but offensive struggles arose late as the Buckeyes pulled away to win, 31-20. Ohio State ended the regular season 9-2 and still alive in the College Football Playoff conversation.

The Buckeyes missed what would have been a game-sealing field goal with just under three minutes left, but Michigan quarterback John O'Korn threw an interception on the first play of the Wolverines' next drive. From there, Mike Weber scored a 25-yard rushing touchdown to seal the win.

It was an up-and-down day for the Ohio State offense. J.T. Barrett got off to a dreadful start in the game, recording -6 yards of total offense in the first quarter. The Buckeyes were down 14-0 in the second quarter before coming back to win. 

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Barrett left the game injured in the third quarter. In his place, freshman Dwayne Haskins Jr. took over and finished 6 for 7 with 94 yards. The Buckeyes got the job done on the ground, with J.K. Dobbins recording 101 yards and a touchdown. Barrett went 3 for 8 with 30 yards, a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown.

While Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh faces scrutiny toward his performance after his third year leading Michigan, Ohio State still holds hope for the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes depend on Alabama to win over Auburn and Oklahoma to win its last game of the season plus the Big 12 title. If both of those things happen and the Buckeyes defeat Wisconsin for the Big Ten title, Ohio State could make its way into the Playoff.

Look back on what you missed from The Game with SN's live updates.

Ohio State 31, Michigan 20

3:47 p.m.: FINAL: Ohio State 31, Michigan 20. The Wolverines mounted a challenge, but the Buckeyes fought back to grab what ended up being a decisive win.



3:47 p.m.: O'Korn is sacked and that's it.

3:44 p.m.: O'Korn is sacked with 16 seconds left. Michigan calls a timeout, but it's just a matter of time for this one.

3:36 p.m.: Touchdown, Ohio State. That's going to seal it. Mike Weber runs 25 yards for the touchdown. It's 31-20.



3:34 p.m.: Just like that, the opportunity is gone. Jordan Fuller picks off O'Korn and the Buckeyes have the ball. They just need to burn 1:50 off the clock and the win is theirs.



3:29 p.m.: A 43-yarder is missed by OSU kicker Sean Nuernberger. Michigan has 2:47 to get a go-ahead touchdown.



3:37 p.m.: Haskins completed a pass for a huge gain and the Buckeyes are near the Michigan 30.

3:22 p.m.: The Wolverines went for it on fourth-and-4, but O'Korn's pass was incomplete.

3:18 p.m.: O'Korn is sacked for a loss of 6, but then the Wolverines get a huge first down after an outstanding catch by Eddie McDoom.

3:14 p.m.: Michigan will start its next drive on its own 20 after fielding the kickoff.

3:10 p.m.: The Buckeyes make a 44-yard field goal. The lead for OSU is now 24-20.



3:08 p.m.: The Buckeyes are within the Michigan 30 after Haskins completes a pass for a huge gain.

3:06 p.m.: The Buckeyes have the ball back after Michigan punted. Haskins and Co. are on their own 45.

3 p.m.: O'Korn completes a pass and the Wolverines advance to their own 42. That's the end of the third quarter.

2:52 p.m.: Touchdown, Ohio State. Dobbins punches it in the end zone after the huge run from Haskins. The Buckeyes now lead, 21-20.



2:50 p.m.: Haskins scrambles down to the Michigan 2. The Buckeyes are knocking on the door now, even without Barrett.

2:40 p.m.: J.T. Barrett is injured, in his place is freshman Dwayne Haskins under center for OSU.




2:36 p.m.: The Buckeyes have the ball in their own territory with 6:07 left in the third quarter.

2:30 p.m.: Touchdown, Michigan. Karan Higdon takes the handoff and punches it in. The Wolverines lead 20-14, as the extra point is blocked.



2:26 p.m.: O'Korn completes a pass way downfield for a gain of 40 yards. The Wolverines have first-and-goal.



2:22 p.m.: The Michigan defense steps up and sacks Barrett on third down.

2:19 p.m.: The Wolverines can't convert on third-and-8. The Buckeyes will start their next drive on their own 41 after the punt.

2:13 p.m.: The Wolverines have the ball on their own 32.



1:48 p.m.: HALFTIME: Ohio State 14, Michigan 14. The Buckeyes came out flat, but ended the half by getting back on level terms.

1:43 p.m.: Ohio State punts and now Michigan has the ball near their own 30.

1:39 p.m.: The Buckeyes have the ball back after forcing Michigan to punt. OSU is at midfield with 3:03 left in the first half.

1:33 p.m.: Touchdown, Ohio State. The Buckeyes tie it up with a touchdown pass from Barrett. It's 14-14.



1:28 p.m.: O'Korn fumbles the snap on third down. The Wolverines will punt.

1:24 p.m.: O'Korn is sacked for a loss of 10 yards.



1:16 p.m.: Touchdown, Ohio State. Barrett runs it 21 yards to get the Buckeyes on the board. 



1:13 p.m.: Barrett nearly threw an interception but it was dropped by the defender.



1:12 p.m.: Here's how the Wolverines made it a two-score lead.



1:05 p.m.: OSU is inside the Michigan 40.



1 p.m.: Here's the sack in the first quarter that led to Michigan's excellent field position on its next drive.



12:56 p.m.: Touchdown, Michigan. O'Korn completes a touchdown pass to a wide open receiver in the end zone. The Wolverines extend the lead to 14-0.



12:55 p.m.: Michigan has first-and-goal to start the second quarter. 



12:51 p.m.: A nightmare start for the OSU offense.



12:47 p.m.: J.T. Barrett is sacked on third-and-16. The Buckeyes will punt from their own 6. Michigan will get some excellent field position from this defensive stand.

12:40 p.m.: Michigan converts on third-and-4 to keep the drive going.

12:37 p.m.: The Wolverines have the ball on their own 38 after the Buckeyes punted.

12:30 p.m.: The Buckeyes take the kickoff and will start their next drive on their own 17.

12:24 p.m.: Touchdown, Michigan. Khalid Hill punches it in for a 2-yard touchdown run. Michigan leads, 7-0.



12:23 p.m.: A false start penalty sets Michigan back, but O'Korn completes a pass to the 2. It's second-and-goal.

12:21 p.m.: Michigan converts on third-and-11. The Wolverines are inside the 3-yard line.

12:20 p.m.: O'Korn hits Zach Gentry for a gain of 27 yards. The Wolverines are now in the red zone.

12:17 p.m.: Chris Evans broke loose and gets down to the OSU 43.



12:13 p.m.: The Buckeyes went three-and-out too. The Wolverines get the ball back after the Buckeyes punt.

12:09 p.m.: The Wolverines go three-and-out on their first drive. The Buckeyes get the ball deep in their own territory.

12:06 p.m.: The Wolverines receive the kick and start the first drive of the game.



11:51 a.m.: Almost time for kickoff at the Big House.



11:38 a.m.: John O'Korn will start at quarterback today for the Wolverines. Brandon Peters is injured.



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