Going winless vs. OSU a bitter pill for Michigan seniors

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Michigan linebacker Mike McCray breaks up a pass intended for Ohio State running back Curtis Samuel in the second quarter.

Columbus, Ohio – Michigan and Ohio State players have long said that when they run into fans, they’re always asked their record against the other team.

Ohio State seniors will leave their college careers never having lost to Michigan. Michigan’s seniors never beat the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes won 30-27 in double overtime on Saturday at Ohio Stadium, their fifth-straight victory in the rivalry.

“It sucks,” said linebacker Mike McCray, an Ohio-native whose father played for the Buckeyes. “Probably won’t go home for a while until it calms down a little bit.

“We had a great season. Didn’t get the outcome we wanted -- to go to the Big Ten championship. We’ve got to get ready for the bowl game.”

Michigan fullback Khalid Hill, who scored two touchdowns on Saturday, will leave U-M unfulfilled in the rivalry.

“It always sucks losing to Ohio State,” Hill said. “It’s a rivalry game, and you want to come out on top. But I mean, we lost.”

Chris Wormley, a co-captain and Ohio native, could not find a silver lining in the loss.

“You’re a fifth-year guy, you’ve never beaten Ohio State and you want this one as bad as possible,” Wormley said. “And when you don’t get that win, it sucks. It’s not a good feeling.”

Still, Michigan is 10-2 and has been ranked among the nation’s best most of the season and still has major bowl possibilities. The players believe there might be a case for Michigan getting a College Football Playoff berth.

“You look back, and we had a great run,” Wormley said. “This is the most fun I’ve ever had playing football. I think you look back and you can see what you did poorly, (and) did well and build off the things you did well and take that into the bowl game.”