Result: Ohio State 42-41
How It Went Down
This one wasn’t supposed to be close.
The Buckeyes came in as 16.5-point favorites. The team had won 23 straight games while the Wolverines had lost four of its last six.
However, as is the case in most heated rivalries, the records were thrown out the window from the opening kick.
During the first half, the two sides traded punches—literally. Two players from Ohio State and another from Michigan were ejected for a brawl early in the first half.
On the scoreboard, it was much of the same. Back and forth it went, with the score knotted up at 21 heading into the half. In the third quarter, the Buckeyes seemingly broke the game open, scoring 14 unanswered points. The team capitalized on two Wolverines’ fumbles and a turnover on downs.
But just when Ohio State was in cruise control, up 35-21, the usually reliable Carlos Hyde coughed up the ball and gave Michigan a chance. The Wolverines responded by scoring back-to-back touchdowns to even the game at 35 with a little over five minutes remaining.
Hyde—who rushed for 226 yards on 27 carries—made up for his earlier gaffe, finding the end zone with 2:20 remaining.
However, Michigan marched right down the field and quarterback Devin Gardner connected with Devin Funchess for a two-yard touchdown with 32 seconds remaining.
Unable to slow down the Buckeyes rushing attack, being gashed for 393 yards on the ground, Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke opted to go for two.
Unfortunately for Michigan, Gardner’s pass was intercepted.
Fortunately for college football fans, it was the conclusion to one of the more memorable Ohio State-Michigan clashes in recent history.