ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The pregame hype was all about Jim Harbaugh versus Urban Meyer, but when the dust settled it was Buckeyes stars J.T. Barrett and Ezekiel Elliot who had the final say, as No. 8 OSU defeated No. 10 Michigan 42-13 Saturday at the Big House.
Barrett, who was suspended for one game earlier this month for a drunken driving incident, led the Buckeyes on six touchdown drives, while rushing for 139 yards, scoring four total touchdowns in the win.
But when the Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) needed a home run, they went to Elliott, who ran for 214 yards on 30 carries with two touchdowns, just one week after being held to 33 yards rushing in OSU’s 17-14 loss to Michigan State.
Michigan (9-3, 6-2) now has lost 12 of its last 13 matchups with Ohio State.
U-M quarterback Jake Rudock completed 19-of-32 passes for 263 yards and one touchdown completion. However, he would leave the game in the fourth quarter grabbing his left arm after taking a viscous sack from Buckeye star defender Joey Bosa. He would never return.
Ohio State would outgain Michigan 482-364 in total yards, outrushing the U-M 369-57 on the ground.
In OSU’s first possession of the second-half, Barrett led OSU to its most memorable drive this season. He would lead the Buckeyes on 16 play, 84-yard drive, spanning 7:04, capping it off with 13-yard TD run as he somersaulted over a Wolverine defender into the end-zone, extending Ohio State’s lead to 28-10.
The Buckeyes would never look back.
With third quarter winding down, Rudock would connect to Amara Darboh for 39 yard connection to OSU’s 11. However, their drive would stall, settling for 27 yard Kenny Allen field goal to cut the Buckeyes lead to 28-13, start the fourth quarter.
The following series, Barrett found a streaking Michael Thomas for a 37-yard reception, with Elliott scoring his second touchdown on 10 yard run, putting OSU up 35-13 with 12:53 remaining.
The game’s first mistake, came when U-M was called for a 15-yard roughing the kicker penalty after forcing the Buckeyes to punt at their own 9. The mistake would prove costly, with Elliott hitting one up the middle two plays later for a 66 yard gain to U-M’s 8. Barrett would eventually score two plays later on 7-yard QB keeper to put OSU up 7-0 with 1:05 left in the first quarter.
Michigan countered with a 14-play drive, moving 72 yards in 6:40 minutes, ending with an Allen 24-yard field goal to cut OSU’s lead to 7-3 with 9:25 left in the first-half. U-M converted three 3rd down conversions, before stalling at OSU’s 6.
The Wolverines would outgain OSU 226-189 in total yards at the half, converting 14 first downs to OSU’s nine. OSU outrushed U-M 171-52 in the first-half. Elliott finished with 99 yards on 10 carries; while Barrett gained 64 yards on the ground.