Wolverines Fall in Regular-Season Finale at No. 8 OSU

Nov. 27, 2010

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Site: Columbus, Ohio (Ohio Stadium)
Score: #8 Ohio State 37, Michigan 7
Record: U-M (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten), Ohio State (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten)
Attendance: 105,491
Next U-M Game: To be announced

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The University of Michigan football team completed the regular season with a 37-7 loss at eighth-ranked Ohio State on Saturday (Nov. 27) at Ohio Stadium. The Wolverines await selection to their 40th bowl game in school history.

Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach HS) gained 192 yards of total offense. He carried the ball 18 times for 105 yards and completed 8-of-18 passes for 87 yards. Junior wide receiver Darryl Stonum (Stafford, Texas/Dulles HS) led the receiving effort with seven receptions for 81 yards and junior/sophomore Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison HS) added five catches for 43 yards.

The Wolverines were led defensively by junior/sophomore Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay HS), who tied a career-high with 17 tackles, one tackle for loss and one interception. He stopped an OSU scoring drive before the half with his second interception of the season and returned it 41 yards. Fifth-year senior Jonas Mouton (Los Angeles, Calif./Venice HS) added nine tackles and one tackle for loss.

Michigan took possession after a defensive stop and moved down the field before the drive ended on a fourth down incompletion by Robinson. The Wolverines reached the Buckeyes' 28-yard line before two consecutive incompletions. Robinson carried six times for 28 yards and added a 19-yard pass to Roundtree on third down to keep the drive alive in OSU territory. U-M had the ball for 12 plays and drove 45 yards in 4:39.

After forcing another three-and-out, Michigan proceeded to move down the field, but a Robinson fumble was recovered by Nathan Williams at the nine-yard line. The Wolverines moved 73 yards in 10 plays prior to the turnover and converted two third down chances. Junior tailback Michael Shaw (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison HS) carried the ball over left end for 39 yards to OSU's 19-yard line. On third-and 17 from OSU's 26-yard line, Robinson scrambled and came close to the first down markers but was stripped by Orhian Johnson and Williams recovered the miscue.

After a scoreless first quarter, Ohio State scored on two straight possessions to gain a 10-0 lead at 12:29 of the second quarter. Devin Barclay capped a 10-play, 74-yard drive with a 33-yard field. After holding the Wolverines to their first three-and-out, the Buckeyes scored the game's first touchdown on a seven-yard pass from Terrelle Pryor to wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher. Ohio State gained possession at U-M's 35-yard line after an 18-yard punt by the Wolverines.

Shaw got Michigan on the scoreboard with a one-yard run over left guard at 8:02 of the second quarter, trimming the deficit to 10-7. The Wolverines moved 80 yards in 11 plays and converted a four-and-two at OSU's 34-yard line with a 13-yard pass from Robinson to Stonum. Robinson went 20 yards on the play after the fourth down conversion and his dive toward the end zone fell half a yard short of the goal.

OSU answered on the ensuing kickoff with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Jordan Hall to maintain the 10-point margin, 17-7. It was the first time that Michigan allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown since Washington State's Kevin Hicks went 97 yards on Sept. 4, 1993.

After Michigan was unable to convert a fourth down attempt inside OSU territory, the Buckeyes increased their lead to 24-7 on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Pryor to wide receiver DeVier Posey at 3:06 of the second stanza. Ohio State moved 62 yards in six plays to score their second offensive touchdown of the game.

Ohio State grabbed a 31-7 lead at 12:25 of the third quarter as tailback Dan Herron scored on a 32-yard run. The Buckeyes moved 70 yards in six plays. Safety Travis Howard intercepted sophomore quarterback Tate Forcier (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch HS) on the first offensive play of the third quarter.

Ohio State added a pair of field goals to stretch its lead to 37-7 after three quarters. Barclay converted a 36-yard field goal at 9:12 and he added a 23-yard field goal a series later.

Michigan had a chance to cut into the Ohio State lead but turned the ball over on downs inside the 10-yard line at 8:15 of the fourth quarter and at 4:27 from its own 33.

The Wolverines await their bowl invitation and match-up upon the conclusion of the regular season and conference championships.

Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423

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