Facing another team from the Great Lake State, Ezekiel Elliott got his chance.
Carrying the ball 30 times for 214 yards, Ohio State’s sophomore running back scored two touchdowns in a 42-13 rout of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a week after he criticized the coaching staff after a 17-14 loss to Michigan State.
The win gives the Buckeyes an 11-1 record for the regular season, including a 7-1 mark in Big Ten play, and allowed head coach Urban Meyer to remain undefeated against the Wolverines (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten) since he took over in Columbus.
The rushing offense stole the show for the Buckeyes as they picked up 369 yards on 54 attempts and accounted for five touchdowns on the ground. Sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett finished the game with 139 rushing yards and three scores while throwing for 113 yards and one touchdown in the win.
Junior end Joey Bosa led the way for Ohio State’s defense with a sack and a late interception as the Buckeyes held Michigan to 364 total yards, including just 57 on the ground.
Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock had 263 passing yards and a touchdown through the air while Jehu Chesson finished the day with 111 receiving yards on eight catches.
How It Happened
Michigan picked up three first downs on the opening drive before Ohio State added to more firsts on on the ensuing possession, but the team’s ended up trading punts to start things off.
The Wolverines punted once again the second time around, pinning Ohio State at its own 6-yard line and it looked like that would be enough to force a stop. The Buckeyes gained just three yards on their first three plays before lining up to punt. Junior Cameron Johnston got the kick away from his own end zone, but was hit by Michigan’s Tyree Kinnel just after the kick, giving Ohio State 15 yards and a first down. Two plays later Elliott broke free for 66 yards around the left edge, and two plays after that Barrett powered his way for a 7-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 Ohio State lead.
Michigan responded with its first points of the game with a Kenny Allen field goal from 25 yards to cap a 14-play, 72-yard drive that included three third-down conversions.
Ohio State made it three straight drives ending in points less than 4 1/2 minutes later when Elliott rushed in from 5 yards out. The series included 5-yard penalties from either side and a 16-yard Barrett scamper on third-and-2 at the Wolverine 36-yard line.
Taking over with 5:01 to play in the first half, Michigan responded to Ohio State’s touchdown once again. The drive seemed to stall at the Michigan 49 on third-and-10, but sophomore cornerback Damon Webb was flagged for pass interference, giving the Wolverines the ball at the Ohio State 37. De’Veon Smith added 24 yards on the ensuing play. Three snaps later Jehu Chesson got separation from Darron Lee at the goal line and caught Rudock’s five-yard pass to get the Wolverines within a score. The drive accounted for 92 yards on 11 plays, taking 4:01 off the game clock.
Ohio State took its 14-10 advantage into the locker rooms despite being outgained, 226-189 and possession the ball for just 11:28. Michigan’s offense came up big throughout the first half when it needed to, converting eight of 11 third-down tries.
The Buckeye offense kept its spark to start the third quarter, gaining 28 yards through elliott on the first two plays of the half. After a 2-yard run by Barrett, Elliott carried twice more for 15 and 9 yards to get Ohio State to the Michigan 28-yard line. Two plays later Jalin Marshall went over a defender to haul in a 25-yard touchdown from Barrett, extending the advantage to 21-10.
Michigan converted another third down on its ensuing drive, but Bosa forced a Rudock fumble three plays later, recovered by the Wolverines, setting up a punt.
Ohio State took over with 8:50 on the clock and nearly sent the game to the fourth quarter with a 16-play, 84-yard drive that spanned just over 7 minutes. Elliott carried the ball seven times on the drive while sophomore Curtis Samuel went for 11 yards on a key third-down conversion. Barrett capped the drive with a 13-yard touchdown that put him over the century mark on the ground, and gave the Buckeyes a 28-10 lead.
An O-H-I-O chant arose in Michigan Stadium as the Wolverines began the ensuing drive as Joshua Perry and Tyquan Lewis combined to sack Rudock. Michigan picked up 21 yards a play later, though, through a pass from Rudock to Chesson. Rudock added a 39-yard completion to Amara Darboh on the next snap, setting the Wolverines up with a first-and-10 at the Ohio State 11.
Michigan’s drive stalled as the fourth quarter began as two incomplete passes forced a field goal try. Allen converted from 27 yards out, making the score 28-13 with 14:44 on the clock.
Elliott carried the ball on the first three plays after the Buckeyes took over, gaining 18 yards, before Barrett hit Michael Thomas for 38 more to put the Buckeyes in the red zone. The Ohio State quarterback added nine yards on first-and-10, then Elliott found his was in for a 10-yard touchdown and a 35-13 Buckeye lead.
As Michigan fans began to stream toward the stadium exits, Rudock found Chesson for 20 yards on the first play from scrimmage after Elliott’s second score. The ensuing snap resulted in a Bosa sack, though, and Rudock was slow to get up before eventually being helped off the field.
Wilton Speight replaced Rudock, but Ohio State ended up forcing a turnover on downs to take back the ball near mid field. Michigan forced fourth down, but the Buckeyes opted to go for it and the Wolverines were flagged for pass interference, giving Ohio State the ball inside the red zone. Barrett made a man miss and ran nearly untouched for a score on the next snap, putting the Buckeyes ahead by four touchdowns with 8:43 remaining.
Ohio State got the ball back less than a minute later after a holding penalty and two incomplete passes split by a 13-yard Darboh reception forced a Michigan punt. The Buckeyes punted the ball back after a three-and-out of their own.
The ensuing Michigan possession was short-lived once again when Bosa tipped a Speight pass on second down as he rushed the quarterback and caught the ball before returning it 28 yards to the Wolverine 9-yard line.
Michigan ended up forcing a three and out when Ohio State elected not to attempt a short field goal. The Wolverines’s ensuing possession took the game down to 6 seconds before Barrett took a knee to finish off the win.