Photo Gallery - Ohio State 25 - Michigan 21

Ohio State started off strong on offense and then finished even stronger in a must-win game against the Michigan Wolverines in the Big House. Troy Smith led the offense en route to the victory against their arch-rival as the Buckeyes scored late touchdowns on drives of 67 and then 88-yards to get the win in front of 111,000 strong. The 25-21 victory, an instant ESPN Classic, earned Ohio State a share of the Big Ten title. Jim Tressel improved his mark to 4-1 against Michigan with the win.

Photo Gallery - Ohio State 25 - Michigan 21

The tailgate lot which is Pioneer High School, adjacent to Michigan Stadium, was filled with Ohio State fans proudly displaying their colors. This group made the trek from Poland and Canfield.

This is the outside of the tunnel that leads down to the playing field in the Big House.

Here's how the tunnel looks inside.

And it leads right out on to the playing field...

...inside Michigan Stadium.

Michigan-beater Troy Smith. Smith is now 2-0 as a starter against the Wolverines.

What a thrill it must be for this guy to dot the I inside Michigan!

Jack Arute did the sideline broadcast for ABC.

Eddie George was in the Big House.

A Michigan tradition.

Brutus was fired up from the start.

Antonio Pittman is tackled for a 4-yard loss on Ohio State's first play from scrimmage.

This option pitch from Troy Smith to Ted Ginn goes for naught because of a penalty on the play.

Pittman starts this play inside...

...and then bounces it outside for a 10-yard gain.

Smith completes a near perfect first drive with this 4-yard run...

...dragging Prescott Burgess with him into the end zone...

...for the game's first touchdown giving Ohio State a 6-0 lead (the conversion kick by Josh Huston was wide left).

Then the defense took over.

True-freshman James Laurinaitis was summoned into action on the second play after Bobby Carpenter broke his leg on the first play.

Tyler Everett is the first to get to Steve Breaston on this short 5-yard pass completion.

The defense held Michigan to 32 net yards rushing on 24 carries...

...and gave up 223 yards through the air.

Chad Henne was 25 of 36 for 223 yards with 1 touchdown.

Mario Manningham caught 4 passes for a team-high 64 yards.

Henne falls to 0-2 as a starter against Ohio State.

Anthony Schlegel stops Jason Avant one yard short of a first down after a catch on this third-down play.

Smith was 27-37 for 300 yards and 1 touchdown through the air.

The Ohio State offense produced 418 yards of total offense on the day.

After the game, Smith credited his guys up front for all of the success they were able to have on offense.

Smith had 37 net yards rushing on 11 carries in the game.

Ohio State settled for this 47-yard field goal by Huston to take a 9-0 lead.

Schlegel may have played his best game as a Buckeye finishing the game with 10 tackles while A.J. Hawk was credited with 7 stops.

Mike Hart was never able to get started as he finished with just 15 yards rushing on 9 carries.

The front four put pressure on Henne throughout the game but only managed to get to him once for a sack.

Donte Whitner had four tackles in the game.

Michigan got great field position at the Ohio State's 36-yard line when the Buckeye offense fumbled away the ball on their third possession of the game. Hart gets 1 yard on this carry.

Manningham beats Ashton Youboty on this play...

...for an 8 yard gain down to the 6. Two plays later Henne connected with Avant on a 2-yard TD pass to make the score 9-7.

When Nick Mangold went down for one play, Doug Datish moved over to center and Alex Boone came in to play left tackle.

Smith uses his feet on this play to help move OSU down the field once again.

Huston puts this kick through the uprights from 25 yards out to give Ohio State a 12-7 lead at the intermission.

The defense came out strong in the second half.

Hawk helped to force a 3-and-out series on this play, forcing a Henne incompletion on third down.

He needed an equipment adjustment after the play.

But Michigan got good field position on after Troy Smith fumble on OSU's first series.

Marcus Green stops Henne for a short gain on this play.

Whitner has a conversation with Breaston after an incomplete pass on this third-down play which led to a 27-yard field goal by Garrett Rivas to cut the OSU lead to 12-10.

Pittman gained 2-yards on this play but Ohio State was unable to sustain a drive and punted the ball back to Michigan.

Nate Salley played his last Michigan game while Whitner has yet to decide if he will still be a Buckeye next year. Salley had 4 tackles in the game.

Tyler Everett played in his last Michigan game and he recorded 6 tackles.

David Patterson recorded the team's only sack of Henne on this third-quarter play.

Poor field position after a muffed punt by Ginn and then a poor punt set up a 4-play 37-yard scoring drive by Michigan.

This 11-yard completion to Breaston moved the ball to the 14 yard line.

A pass interference call on the next play put the ball at the 2 where Kevin Grady then took it in from to give Michigan the lead in the third period.

Grady had 6 carries for 11 yards on the day.

Henne ran it in for a 2-point coversion to give Michigan a 18 to 12 lead.

OSU continued to play good defense in the fourth period. Schlegel collars Grady on this play.

Patterson pressures Henne on this play.

Schlegel brings the diminutive Alijah Bradley down one yard short of a first down on this play.

Here's the Long and the short of the Michigan offense. Jake Long is a 6-7, 338-pound junior lineman and Bradley is a 5-6, 170-pound senior running back.

Henne's 4-yard carry to the 2 set up a second Rivas field goal...

...from 19 yards to extend their lead to 21-12 with 7:49 remaining in the game.

Holmes 26-yard touchdown from Smith on this play cut the lead quickly to 21-19.

Carpenter watched helplessly on crutches for most of the game.

Ohio State drove the length of the field on their final possession that started on the 12 yard line. Anthony Gonzalez made a spectacular 26-yard grab at the four yard line to help set up the winning score. Gonzalez had 4 catches for 75 yards in the game.

The offensive line huddles together before the game's final play.

And then this...Pittman followed Stan White's chrusing block on Burgess into the end zone.


111,000 plus watched Ohio State score two late touchdowns... earn a 25-21 victory...

...and clinch a share of the Big Ten title.

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