Ohio State beats Michigan to cap perfect season

Ohio State 26, Michigan 21
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

 

Hyde topped 100 yards for the fourth time this season in the win.

Ohio State didn’t allow Michigan to cross the 50-yard line in the second half, lifting Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes to the sixth perfect season in school history in a memorable rendition of “The Game.” Ohio State’s season is over, however, as NCAA sanctions will keep them from postseason play and any claim to a BCS national title.

Despite missing their best defensive player – senior linebacker John Simon was ruled inactive before the game due to a right knee injury suffered last week at Wisconsin – the Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0 in the Big Ten) pitched a second-half shutout while limiting Michigan (8-4, 6-2) to just 60 total yards after halftime.

The first-half was a veritable shootout, with Michigan taking a 21-20 lead to the halftime locker room. The Wolverines did so dramatically, as Denard Robinson simultaneously busted through a pair of would-be tacklers en route to a 67-yard touchdown run with 40 seconds left in the second quarter.

Buckeyes kicker Drew Basil nailed a 52-yarder as time expired in the first half, and a 28- and 25-yarder was the only scoring to take place in the second half. Basil’s four field goals in five attempts equaled the number of successful field goal conversions he had entering the day.

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde punched in a rushing touchdown for the seventh straight game – waiting less than 3 minutes into the game to do so – from 3 yards out. Hyde couldn’t match Robinson’s gaudy 12.2 yards per carry average on the day, but he did post game-highs in carries (26) and rushing yards (146) for a healthy 5.6 ypc.

Robinson was unstoppable in the first half with six carries for 124 yards, but he was a non-factor in the second with four rushes for minus-two yards.

Game notes

  • Robinson’s 67-yard scoring run before halftime was his 91st touchdown at Michigan, moving him past former Wolverines quarterback Chad Henne (90) for the most in school history.
  • Despite Ohio State’s Braxton Miller completing his first eight pass attempts for 129 yards, he finished with 189 yards to keep Michigan’s streak of not allowing a 200-yard passer this season intact.
  • Ohio State has won nine of the last 11 meetings with Michigan.
  • Robinson needs 85 yards to break Pat White’s career rushing record for a quarterback (4,480 yards), set at West Virginia from 2005-08.
  • The Buckeyes are the sixth Big Ten team in the last 60 years to have an undefeated season; they were also the most recent team to do so, in 2002.
  • The crowd of 105,899 is the largest ever to witness “The Game” in Columbus.

 

Next up: Ohio State’s season is over, while Michigan awaits a bowl-game assignment after Nebraska clinched the Legends Division title Friday with a win over Iowa.

 

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