OSU: History Fortells a Close, Hard-Fought Game

Don't be lulled into thinking Michigan will go down to Columbus tommorrow and cruise by Ohio State. History says other wise! <b>Here's the series, game by game</b>, going back a 'lucky seven' years to U-M's 1997 National Championship season. Do you remember?<br><br> (<b>*Keep checking back for more articles on the game today!*</b>)<br>

Michigan and Ohio State swapped 'away' wins in the 2000-01 seasons. Other than that however, the home teams have won five of the last seven games going back to 1997.

And at Columbus, Michigan has scored 16 points (1998), 38 points (2000 to get Cooper fired), and 9 points (2002) ... it is NOT easy to score points in the Horseshoe!

Here are the details.

In 1997 at the Big House. U-M won 20-14.
The Wolverines came into the game 10-0 and ranked #1, and Ohio State 10-1 and #4. Behind Charles Woodson's punt return for the game-winning TD, Michigan held off the Buckeyes 20-14.

1998 at the OSU. OSU won 31-16.
Coming into the game, U-M was 8-2 and ranked #11, OSU was ranked #7. OSU cruised to a victory over the Tom Brady-led team, 31-16.

1999 at the Big House. Michigan won 24-17.
Coming into the game U-M was 8-2 and ranked #10 and OSU was unranked. In Tom Brady's last home game, the Wolverine won a hard-fought game 24-17.

2000 at OSU. U-M won 38-26 to end the John Cooper reign.
The Drew Henson-led U-M came into the game 7-3 (this was the year of the wild 54-51 loss at Northwestern) and 19th ranked. OSU came in the game ranked 12th. At the half U-M held a slim 14-12 lead, then blew the game open in the 3rd quarter by outscoring the Buckeyes 17-0.

2001 at the Big House. OSU won 26-20.
Ohio State came in unranked and with a new head coach, Jim Tressel, to face an 8-2 and 11th ranked Michigan team playing for a share of a Big Ten Championship. Bus OSU built a 23-0 half time lead. A furious 2nd half comeback by U-M, led by two John Navarre TD passes to Marquise Walker, fell just short.

2002: OSU's national championship season. At OSU the Bucks won 14-9.
Coming into the game Michigan was 9-2, ranked #12; OSU was 11-0 and ranked #2. Michigan managed only 3 field goals in the game, though winning the overall yardage battle 368 to 264. OSU scored a 4th quarter touchdown to win.

2003 at the Big House: U-M wins 35-21
Coming into the game Michigan was 9-2, ranked #5. OSU was ranked one spot higher at #4. Michigan revenged its back-to-back losses to OSU (the first time LLoyd Carr lost two in a row to the Buckeyes), and won it's first outright Big Ten Championship since 1997. Michigan built a 28-7 lead 3rd quarter behind two John Navarre TD passes to Braylon Edwards and a 30 yard TD run by Chris Perry, and cruised to the victory.

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