OSU, Meyer make statement with 42-13 drubbing of Michigan
Michigan still has a long ways to go under Harbaugh
It was clinical the way JT Barrett and Ezekiel Elliott went up and down the field on the Michigan defense today at The Big House. After struggling to move the ball against MSU last week, the Buckeyes showed up with a point to prove, and prove it they did in a 42-13 beat down of the Wolverines.
Barrett ran for 139 yards and three touchdowns, while Elliott went off for 214 yards and two scores.
The Michigan offense wasn't so bad, moving the ball to the tune of 364 yards. They struggled to do much once they crossed midfield, however, scoring just one touchdown before halftime to pull the score within four at 14-10. The second half was all Buckeyes.
Ohio State still has a shot at winning the Big Ten East. If Michigan State loses to Penn State, the Buckeyes will play Iowa next Saturday in Indianapolis with a possible College Football Playoff spot on the line.
Bosa still doing work for OSU
Joey Bosa continues to wreak havoc even with the game all but over. The stud defensive end batted a Wilson Speight screen pass into the air, caught it himself, and returned it down to the Michigan 9-yard line.
On fourth down from the Michigan 3, Urban Meyer decided to go for it before the UM defense stuffed Ezekiel Elliott to get the ball back to its offense with 2:37 left to play.
Barrett to the house...again
An interference call on Jourdan Lewis gave OSU new life when it went for it on fourth down. On the very next play, JT Barrett took it home for a 17-yard touchdown, his third score of the day.
The rout is on. It's 42-13, OSU leads with 8:43 to play.
Rudock hurt, UM gives ball back to OSU
With Wilton Speight in at quarterback and the ball at their own 45, the redshirt freshman quarterback threw a pass 10 yards short of the sticks to Grant Perry, who gained just three yards and gave the ball back to OSU.
Jake Rudock took a shot from Joey Bosa and stayed down on the ground for a few minutes. The ball came out at the tail-end of the play, and was initially ruled a fumble recovered by OSU, but replay overturned the call after it showed Rudock hit the ground before the ball popped out.
OSU rips Michigan's heart out
Ezekiel Elliott continues to pound the ball, and there's nothing the Michigan defense can do about it. When they come in close to the line, the Buckeyes are showing they can throw it over the top, as well. JT Barrett hit Michael Thomas for 38 yards, and OSU finished it off with runs by Barrett and Elliott, who scored a nine-yard touchdown to all but put Michigan away.
It's now 35-13, OSU leads, with 12:53 left to play.
Big drive stalls, UM settles for field goal
Jake Rudock hit Jehu Chesson for 21 yards, and Amara Darboh for 39 to get Michigan down to the Ohio State 11-yard line. The offense stalled there, however, and the Wolverines had to settle for a 26-yard Kenny Allen field goal.
The good news is the three points definitely are valuable, pulling Michigan to within two possessions with 14:44 left to play.
The defense has to step up and get the OSU offense off the field.
Michigan on its heels after another Barrett score
It was as surgical as surgical can be. OSU went 82 yards on the Michigan defense, bleeding the clock and picking up third downs at will. It ended with JT Barrett going in for the inevitable touchdown from 13 yards out.
The Wolverines are hurting right now. The tempo that OSU is playing with is killing them.
The Buckeyes lead, 28-10, with 1:45 to play in the 3rd quarter.
Buckeyes go on 78-yard TD drive to open 2nd half
Ezekiel Elliott wanted the ball, and boy is he getting it today. Elliott reeled off runs of 21, 15 & nine yards before the Buckeyes opened up the playbook and JT Barrett hit Jalin Marshall for a 25-yard touchdown.
Michigan apparently didn't figure out a way to stop the read option at halftime. They forced OSU into one third down on the drive, but Barrett easily picked up the short yardage.
It's 21-10, OSU leads, 12:21 to play in the third quarter.
1ST HALF STATS
Total yards: UM 226, OSU 189
Rush: OSU 171, UM 52
Pass: UM 174 (14-for-25), OSU 18 (3-for-6)
1st downs: UM 14, OSU 9
3rd downs: UM 8-for-11, OSU 2-for-4
Penalties: UM 4-for-33, OSU 2-for-19
Possession: UM (18:32), OSU (11:28)
Wolverines pull closer just before the half
They say turnabout is fair play, and this time around, it was a big Ohio State penalty that led to a Michigan touchdown as Jake Rudock found Jehu Chesson with a 5-yard strike on third down to pull the Wolverines closer to the Buckeyes with a minute to play before the half.
It's 14-10, OSU leads at halftime.
Chesson made another big third down grab to extend the early portion of the possession deep within UM's own territory, Jabrill Peppers caught a pass for a 13-yard gain, and the biggest play came on third down from midfield when Ohio State was called for pass interference on Jake Butt, setting the Wolverines up at the OSU 37. Rudock hit Deveon Smith for a 25 yard screen pass to get Michigan in scoring position.
Buckeyes have their way with Michigan defense
Ohio State gashed the Michigan defense on this drive, going 75 yards and capping a read-option heavy drive with a 5-yard touchdown from Ezekiel Elloitt. J.T. Barrett did a masterful job with the read option, going off for runs of 25 & 16 yards to pace the Buckeyes.
The Wolverines are going to have to come up with something to slow down the read option. To start the drive, the defense kept biting on Elliott. As Barrett piled up yards, the defense started going for him and allowing Elliott easy lanes to run the ball. Someone needs to stay home on both guys.
It's 14-3, OSU leads, 5:01 to play in the half.
Short field goal gets Michigan on the board
A completion to Jake Butt got Michigan inside the Buckeyes 10, but the Wolverines weren't able to find the end zone after a couple incompletions, so they settled for a 25-yard Kenny Allen field goal. It's now 7-3, OSU leads, with 9:25 to play in the 2nd quarter.
Again, the Wolverines moved the ball well but came up short of pay dirt. They went 72 yards on 14 plays, taking more than six minutes off the clock. Jehu Chesson made two big catches on third down to keep the drive alive, including one for 20 yards that got the Wolverines into OSU territory. Rudock picked up another first down when he put his head down on 3rd & 2 and ran for a couple tough yards.
Chesson with two big third down catches, including one for 20 yards to get MIchigan into OSU territory...41...Rudock put his head down on 3rd & 2 and picked up the 1st down after completion to Butt...Butt again down to the 9...
1st quarter stats
Total yards; OSU 103, UM 88
Rush: OSU 91, UM 32
3rd downs: OSU 0-2, UM 4-6
Mistake costs Wolverines
Michigan swallowed up the Ohio State offense to force a punt from the end zone, but a roughing the kicker call gave OSU new life at its own 24. The Buckeyes took advantage, as Ezekiel Elliott took it 66 yards down to the Michigan 10. Two plays later, J.T. Barrett took it on a designed quarterback run for a 7-yard touchdown.
It's 7-0, OSU leads, 1:05 left in the 1st quarter.
OSU, UM trade punts after first downs
OSU picked up two first downs on its opening drive, but a Jourdan Lewis sack set up a 3rd & 9 that the Buckeyes couldn't convert as good coverage downfield by the Michigan secondary forced J.T. Barrett to throw the ball away.
Michigan took over at its own 20, and once again they were able to get a little bit of something going, but once again the drive stalled (this time at the OSU 48). The good news for UM fans is that Michigan is having success running the ball on third-and-short, as Sione Houma plunged forward for seven yards on the Wolverines' last first down.
Blake O'Neil punted the ball down to the Ohio State 6, where the Buckeyes will take over for their second possession.
Michigan moves, but can't get any points
The Wolverines moved the ball down to the OSU 36, but facing a 4th & 5, Jim Harbaugh decided to try and pin the Buckeyes deep. It didn't work as Jehu Chesson was unable to keep Blake O'Neil's punt from just barely crossing the goal line.
Michigan's drive started from its own 21, and they picked up two third downs on the drive. The first came on 3rd & 7 from the 24 when Jake Rudock found Jabrill Peppers for a 12-yard gain. The next came on a Sione Houma 4-yard run on 3rd & 1. Peppers carried the ball for a 5-yard gain on the next play, but that's where Michigan stalled.
Expect Peppers to play a huge part in the offensive game plan today. The Wolverines tried to run a play where they pitched the ball to Peppers and gave him the option to throw, but the Buckeyes played it perfectly, and Peppers showed good awareness by just throwing the ball away.
Moment of silence for Chad Carr
A crowd of more than 100,000 held a moment of silence for Chad Carr, the 5-year-old grandson of former Michigan coach, Lloyd Carr, who died of a brain tumor on Monday afternoon.
T-minus 60 minutes until 'The Game'
There's a lot on the line today in Ann Arbor when Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer square off for the first time in college football's best rivalry. The winner will still have a shot at the Big Ten East division crown, and perhaps more importantly, bragging rights.
Ohio State is coming off a dismal performance against Michigan State, and the thought process surrounding the Buckeyes is that they could fold, or come out firing. Michigan needs to plan for the latter.
The running game has slowed for the Wolverines lately, but Jake Rudock has grown into a weapon that can throw the ball all over the field. He'll need help from his offensive line, as OSU boasts one of the best defensive lines in the country, and that includes potential #1 draft pick, defensive end Joey Bosa.
Ohio State has won 10 of the last 11 in the series, with the lone loss coming at The Big House in 2011.