Buck­eyes get past Michi­gan in 2 OT

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Ralph D. Russo

Cur­tis Sa­muel swept in for a 15yard touch­down af­ter Ohio State barely con­verted a fourth-and-1 and the se­cond-ranked Buck­eyes beat No. 3 Michi­gan 30-27 in dou­ble over­time Satur­day to win one of the great­est games in the his­tory of one of col­lege foot­ball’s great­est ri­val­ries.

Fac­ing fourth-and-1 from the 16, Ohio State coach Ur­ban Meyer de­cided not to kick a po­ten­tial game-ty­ing field goal with a kicker who had al­ready missed two short ones in reg­u­la­tion.

J.T. Bar­rett kept it on fourth down and slammed into the back of his blocker, A.J. Alexan­der, right at the line to gain. The first-down call stood up to video re­view.

“That was not a first down,” Michi­gan coach Jim Har­baugh said. “I’m bit­terly dis­ap­pointed with the of­fi­ci­at­ing to­day.”

On the next play, Sa­muel, who had made a swerv­ing, change-of-di­rec­tion run to set up the fourth-and-1, found a lane and raced into the end zone to win it.

“Been a part of some crazy foot­ball games here,” Bar­rett said. “That one was No. 1.”

Har­baugh drew an un­sports­man­like con­duct penalty ear­lier in the game af­ter an off­side call on Michi­gan. He also was an­gry about a pass in­ter­fer­ence call on Michi­gan dur­ing Ohio State’s game-ty­ing drive late and a non-call on a would-be pass in­ter­fer­ence against the Buck­eyes in OT.

The scar­let-clad crowd cov­ered the field af­ter the game. The first matchup to go to over­time in the 113game his­tory of the ri­valry likely elim­i­nated Michi­gan from the play­off race and could have locked up a spot for the Buck­eyes.

The Buck­eyes will have to wait un­til Penn State plays to find out if they will play for the Big Ten ti­tle. Still, they added to a re­sume that al­ready im­pressed the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off se­lec­tion com­mit­tee .

Michi­gan could end up in the Rose Bowl, but the big­gest prizes are still elud­ing the Wolver­ines in their se­cond year un­der coach Jim Har­baugh, who dropped to 0-2 against Meyer and the Buck­eyes. Michi­gan has not won the Big Ten since 2004.

But if this is just the start of a new Ten Year War for Michi­gan and Ohio State, with Meyer and Har­baugh play­ing the roles of Woody Hayes and Bo Schem­bech­ler , there is much for to look for­ward to for col­lege foot­ball fans.

Ohio State wiped out a 10-point third-quar­ter deficit and dom­i­nated the fourth quar­ter, but Tyler Durbin missed a 20-yard field goal to tie it with 7:01 re­main­ing.

Bar­rett and the Buck­eyes gave him an­other chance, this time from 23 yards with a se­cond left in reg­u­la­tion and Durbin nailed it.

Bar­rett scored on a quar­ter­back draw and Ohio State’s first pos­ses­sion of OT to give the Buck­eyes the lead, but Michi­gan tied it on a 5-yard touch­down pass on fourth down from Wil­ton Speight to Amara Dar­boh.

The Take­away

Michi­gan: Speight re­turned af­ter miss­ing last week’s game with a left shoul­der in­jury. In many ways, he was Michi­gan’s best of­fen­sive player, go­ing 23 for 35 for 219 yards and two touch­down passes. He also made three crit­i­cal turnovers, one in­ter­cep­tion Ma­lik Hooker re­turned for a touch­down in the first half and an­other pick by Jerome Baker that set up Ohio State’s se­cond touch­down to make it 17-14 with 1:06 left in the third quar­ter.

“It’s a bum­mer, you know, know­ing I let the de­fense down,” Speight said.

Ohio State: Bar­rett will not go down as Ohio State’s great­est player, but no one will ever doubt his abil­ity to come up with the big one the Buck­eyes needed from him most. He strug­gled throw­ing un­til late in the game and fin­ished 15 for 32 for 132 yards. He also ran for 125 des­per­ately needed yards against a Michi­gan de­fense that took al­most ev­ery­thing else away.


Ohio State run­ning back Mike We­ber, left, runs the ball as Michi­gan de­fen­sive end Taco Charl­ton makes the tackle dur­ing the se­cond half of an NCAA col­lege foot­ball game Satur­day in Colum­bus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michi­gan 30-27 in dou­ble over­time.

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