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Legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler died the day before one of the biggest games in the history of the Michigan-Ohio State football rivalry.
For the first time in the history of the rivalry, the two teams squared off while holding the top two spots in the Bowl Championship Series rankings. The winning team would receive the right to play in the BCS National Championship.
Ohio State 42, Michigan 39
The game opened up with successful scoring drives from each team. Then, Ohio State scored 21 unanswered points. Needing to stem the tide, Adrian Arrington answered the call for Michigan, catching a Chad Henne pass for a touchdown. Ohio State would score once more before the half, making the score 29-14 at intermission.
The second half of the game began with Michigan coming back into the game. The Wolverines scored on their first two possessions of the half, after a touchdown from Mike Hart and a field goal by Garrett Rivas.
However, Ohio State broke the game open once more as Antonio Pittman galloped for a 52-yard touchdown run, making the score 35-24.
As Ohio State seemed to pull away, Michigan came back with another Mike Hart touchdown to begin the fourth quarter. The Buckeyes answered back quickly, though, after Brian Robiskie scored on a 13-yard pass.
Michigan scored on a 16-yard pass to Tyler Ecker and were successful on the two-point conversion to bring the game to a score of 42-39. The Michigan defense failed to stop the Ohio State offense as the clock ran out.