Buck­eye blitz: No. 10 Ohio State blows out Big Ten ri­val Michi­gan

The State (Sunday) - - Sports - BY RALPH D. RUSSO

Af­ter a most un­usual reg­u­lar sea­son for Ohio State, it was busi­ness as usual against Michi­gan.

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.

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 six-game los­ing streak against the Buck­eyes (11-1, 8-1, No. 10 CFP) and get coach Jim Har­baugh his first vic­tory in four tries in the ri­valry known sim­ply as The Game, the Wolver­ines (10-2, 8-1, No. 4 CFP) wilted.

In the 115th meet­ing be­tween two of col­lege foot­ball’s most sto­ried schools, 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 squeeze into the play­off.

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

Maybe most sat­is­fy­ing of all, Ohio State made it 14 vic­to­ries in 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 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.

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

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 fin­ished with 187 yards pass­ing and three touch­downs, but the sec­ond half was mostly Buck­eyes.


Michi­gan: Har­baugh is now 0-4 against Ohio State and faces an­other year of crit­ics ques­tion­ing his abil­ity to win the big game.

Ohio State: The sea­son started for Ohio State with coach Ur­ban Meyer sus­pended for three games for 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 this sea­son has been any­thing but nor­mal.


Ohio State de­fend­ers Pete Werner, left, and de­fen­sive end Jonathon Cooper, cen­ter, tackle Michi­gan run­ning back Tru Wil­son dur­ing the sec­ond half of the game, which Ohio State won, Satur­day.

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