CFN: U-M Hangs Tough for a Half

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Ohio State 42 … Michigan 7

Ohio State came up with the largest margin of victory in the rivalry since 1968 as Beanie Wells tore off a 59-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter and Brian Hartline caught a 53-yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 lead. Michigan came up with a 14 play, 65-yard drive finishing up with a one-yard Brandon Minor touchdown run late in the first half, but it was all Ohio State in the second half as Dan Herron ran for touchdowns from 49 and two yards out, Brian Robiskie caught an eight-yard touchdown pass, Hartline caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Todd Boeckman. Ohio State outgained Michigan 416 yards to 198.

Player of the game: Ohio State RB Beanie Wells ran 15 times for 134 yards and a touchdown

Stat Leaders:
Michigan - Passing: Nick Sheridan, 8-24, 87 yds Rushing: Brandon Minor, 14-67, 1 TD. Receiving: Martavious Odoms, 5-37
Ohio State - Passing: Terrelle Pryor, 5-13, 120 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT Rushing: Chris Wells, 15-134, 1 TD. Receiving: Brian Hartline, 2-71, 2 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... It's way too easy to pile on Michigan at this point. So here's more. Nick Sheridan obviously isn't going to be the answer at quarterback going forward. Michigan's 2009 starting quarterback is probably working on his high school finals at the moment, but all the woes can't be blamed on the offense. The defense broke down time and again against Ohio State, and while part of that can be blamed on the coaching, the players simply aren't there. Going 1-of-17 on third downs conversion attempts isn't going to help the cause, and with the woes offensively, the wheels came off in all phases as the game went on. Now the Wolverines can get working on the off-season. Erase the memory of the game and the season, wipe the slate clean, and get recruiting.


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