Buck­eyes go big

With rout, OSU ends Michi­gan’s play­off hopes

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports -

COLUM­BUS, Ohio — Dwayne Hask­ins threw five touch­down passes, fresh­man Chris Olave scored twice and blocked a punt that was re­turned for a TD 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.

The Wolver­ines were two vic­to­ries away from their first con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship since 2004 and a trip to the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off, fac­ing an Ohio State team that has looked dis­com­bob­u­lated on de­fense and one-di­men­sional on of­fense much of the sea­son.

Look­ing to snap a sixgame skid against the Buck­eyes (11-1, 8-1) and get coach Jim Har­baugh his first vic­tory in four tries in the ri­valry game, the Wolver­ines (10-2, 8-1) wilted.

In the 115th meet­ing be­tween two of col­lege foot­ball’s most sto­ried ri­vals, Ohio State scored more points than it ever had against Michi­gan — more points than any team has ever scored in reg­u­la­tion against Michi­gan. The pre­vi­ous high was 58 by Cor­nell in 1891.

And now, de­spite all the dys­func­tion at Ohio State this sea­son — both on and off the field — the Buck­eyes will face No. 19 North­west­ern next week in In­di­anapo­lis with a chance to re­peat as Big Ten champs and maybe even squeeze into the play­off.

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

Olave, who came into the game with five catches and no touch­downs, caught two TD passes and broke it open on spe­cial 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 TD that made it 34-19.

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 . ... 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.”

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