COL­LEGE FOOT­BALL | NO. 10 OHIO STATE 62, NO. 4 MICHI­GAN 39 Buck­eye blitz: Ohio St. blows out Michi­gan

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By RALPH D. RUSSO

COLUM­BUS, Ohio — This sea­son for Ohio State has been any­thing but nor­mal, be­gin­ning with its cel­e­brated coach sus­pended for three games.

There have been spotty per­for­mances and trou­bling trends on both sides of the ball. There has been con­stant spec­u­la­tion and ques­tions about Ur­ban Meyer’s health and fu­ture.

Af­ter all that, it was busi­ness as usual against Michi­gan, and now the Buck­eyes are right where they al­ways ex­pect to be.

Dwayne Hask­ins threw five touch­down passes , fresh­man Chris Olave had a break­out per­for­mance and No. 10 Ohio State con­tin­ued its mas­tery over No. 4 Michi­gan with a record-set­ting 62-39 vic­tory Satur­day that sends the Buck­eyes to the Big Ten cham­pi­onship game.

“I think we def­i­nitely showed the coun­try the Ohio State Buck­eyes are still here,” of­fen­sive tackle Isaiah Prince said.

The Wolver­ines were two vic­to­ries away from their first con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship since 2004 and a trip to the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off, fac­ing an un­der­dog Ohio State team that has looked dis­com­bob­u­lated on de­fense and one-di­men­sional on of­fense for much of the sea­son. Look­ing to snap a sixgame los­ing streak against the Buck­eyes (11-1, 8-1, No. 10 CFP) and get coach Jim Har­baugh his first vic­tory in the ri­valry known sim­ply as The Game, the Wolver­ines (10-2, 8-1, No. 4 CFP) wilted.

“Mo­ti­vated to come back and make darn sure it doesn’t hap­pen again,” Har­baugh said. “Win our next game, that’s our mo­ti­va­tion now.”

In the 115th meet­ing be­tween two of col­lege foot­ball’s most sto­ried pro­grams, Ohio State scored more points than it ever had against Michi­gan — more points than any team has ever scored in reg­u­la­tion against Michi­gan.

And now, de­spite all the dys­func­tion at Ohio State this sea­son — both on and off the field — the Buck­eyes will face No. 20 North­west­ern next week in In­di­anapo­lis with a chance to repeat as Big Ten champs and maybe even make the play­off.

Maybe most sat­is­fy­ing of all, Ohio State has won 14 of the last 15 meet­ings against the team it loves to beat the most.

“This is not an or­di­nary game,” Buck­eyes de­fen­sive tackle Dre’mont Jones said. “This is a game that’s got years and miles be­hind.”

Olave, who came into the game with five catches and no touch­downs, caught two TD passes in the first half and broke it open on spe­cial Ohio State de­fen­sive end Jonathon Cooper, right, sacks Michi­gan quarterbac­k Shea Pat­ter­son dur­ing the first half of a game on Satur­day in Colum­bus, Ohio. teams in the third quar­ter. He looped through a seam in the line and got a chunk of Will Hart’s punt. The ball sailed off high and to the side and landed in the arms of Sevyn Banks, who cruised 33 yards for a touch­down that made it 34-19 and sent the Ohio Sta­dium crowd into a frenzy.

Hask­ins and the Buck­eyes carved up the topranked de­fense in the coun­try for 567 yards. The Buck­eyes had the horse­shoe rock­ing when Haskin found John­nie Dixon wide open for a 31-yard score to go up 21-6 with 3:18 left in the first half.

Hask­ins fin­ished with 318 yards and set the Big Ten sea­son record for TD passes with 41.

Shea Pat­ter­son passed for 187 yards and three touch­downs for Michi­gan. THE TAKE­AWAY Michi­gan: Har­baugh is now 0-4 against Ohio State and faces an­other year of crit­ics ques­tion­ing his abil­ity to win the big game. Har­baugh took own­er­ship of a com­plete col­lapse by Michi­gan, but his play­ers were not let­ting the coach take all the blame.

“I don’t know why he would take any heat af­ter this loss, he took a lot last year and even this year when we were win­ning. We have a chance for an (11-win sea­son),” Pat­ter­son said. “I know that’s not our ul­ti­mate ex­pec­ta­tion, but we have a chance to win 11 games and I think that’s a successful sea­son.”

Ohio State: Meyer was sus­pended af­ter a university in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his han­dling of for­mer as­sis­tant coach Zach Smith, who has been accused of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence by his ex-wife. A cloud of un­cer­tainty hung over the Buck­eyes through­out pre­sea­son prac­tice and it has lin­gered. Meyer has of­ten looked pained and exhausted on the side­line.

But he flashed a sat­is­fied grin when he met Par­ris Camp­bell on the side­line af­ter a 78-yard touch­down run that made it 48-25 early in the fourth quar­ter.

“Ex­tremely proud of our play­ers, the way they fought through it,” Meyer said. “And like some­one was say­ing, noth­ing’s ever good enough. And ob­vi­ously some ad­ver­sity ear­lier in the year — not some, big-time ad­ver­sity. And to come back against your ri­val and play like that, that’s a fo­cused team that loves each other and cares about each other.” UP NEXT

Michi­gan: The Wolver­ines will likely still get into a New Year’s Six bowl, maybe the Peach.

Ohio State: The Buck­eyes have won six straight against North­west­ern and lost to the Wild­cats just once, dat­ing to 1972.

Shaw said he texted St. Brown af­ter his younger brother, USC fresh­man Amon-ra St. Brown, caught a 44-yard touch­down in the first quar­ter last week against the Bru­ins and said they were go­ing

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