Nov. 24, 2012
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Ohio Stadium)
Score: #4 Ohio State 26, #20 Michigan 21
Records: U-M (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten), OSU (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Game: Sunday, Dec. 2 -- Bowl Selection Show
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Unable to score in the second half, the University of Michigan football team (No. 20 AP/No. 20 USA Today) fell at Ohio State (No. 4 AP/NR USA Today), 26-21, on Saturday (Nov. 24) at Ohio Stadium. Michigan held a one-point halftime advantage but allowed a pair of OSU field goals, surrendered three turnovers and failed to cross midfield in the final 30 minutes.
Junior quarterback Devin Gardner (Detroit, Mich./Inkster) threw for 171 yards and a score and added a rushing touchdown. Senior quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) rushed for 122 yards on 10 carries, including a 67-yard touchdown run, while fifth-year senior receiver Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) caught three balls for 92 yards, including a 75-yard TD reception, and senior/junior receiver Jeremy Gallon (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) had six catches for 67 yards.
On defense, sophomore linebacker Desmond Morgan (Holland, Mich./West Ottawa) amassed 11 tackles, while junior/sophomore linebacker Jake Ryan (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) accounted for nine takedowns, two forced fumbles, and two tackles-for-loss.
Ohio State took the ball to begin the game at its own 25 yard-line after a touchback. Fueled by a 52-yard play-action pass deep into Michigan territory, the Buckeyes found the end zone on a three-yard run by Carlos Hyde to take an early 7-0 lead.
On the first play of the ensuing Michigan drive, Robinson took the ball around the right side for a gain of 30 yards -- a run to move into second all-time in NCAA rushing yards for a quarterback. However, the drive ended with a Michigan fumble in Ohio State territory. The Wolverines defense then held the Buckeyes to a three-and-out to reclaim possession.
On third down, Gardner connected with Roundtree for a 75-yard touchdown strike to even the score at seven points midway through the first quarter.
Near the end of the first quarter, after an 11-play drive that lasted more than six minutes, the Michigan defense forced the Buckeyes to kick a 41-yard field goal, giving OSU a 10-7 advantage.
The Maize and Blue took over possession early in the second quarter at the Ohio State 25 yard-line after a muffed Buckeyes punt return. A Robinson nine-yard run got the Wolverines to the OSU one yard-line, before Gardner pounded in a touchdown run to give Michigan a 14-10 lead.
Midway through the second quarter, Ohio State mounted a drive that stalled when sophomore defensive end Frank Clark (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) sacked Braxton Miller for a loss of seven yards to force a Buckeyes punt. Late in the half, though, OSU regained possession and, with 1:30 left, scored a touchdown to take the lead, 17-14.
On the second play of the following Michigan drive, Robinson dashed around the right side, bounced through two Buckeye tackle attempts and scampered 67 yards for a touchdown, giving the Wolverines a 21-17 lead. The score also gave Robinson the most all-time total touchdowns in Michigan history with 91, passing Chad Henne (2004-07).
With five seconds left in the half, however, Ohio State added a second field goal, from 52 yards, to pull within one point, 21-20, heading into the locker room.
The Wolverines received the ball to start the second half but after gaining one first down were stopped on a fourth-and-two near midfield. Ohio State moved the ball into the red zone before settling for a 28-yard field goal to regain a 23-21 lead.
Gardner connected with Gallon for a 30-yard pickup to start the following Michigan drive. However, Robinson fumbled on the next play and Ohio State recovered. The Buckeyes then missed a field goal attempt, and the Wolverines took back over.
After exchanging possessions early in the fourth quarter, the Buckeyes punted the ball to the Wolverines with 9:30 left in the game. Taking over deep in Michigan territory, Gardner fumbled to give OSU a first-and-goal midway through the fourth quarter. The Buckeyes were held to a field goal from 25 yards but extended their advantage to five points.
Michigan took over on its own 31 yard-line after the kickoff, but after gaining one first down Gardner was picked off by OSU near midfield. The Buckeyes then ran out the remaining time to seal the victory.
The contest concludes the regular season for the Wolverines, who will wait until Sunday, Dec. 2, for their bowl game placement.
Contact: Justin Dickens (734) 763-4423