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A lackluster second half for Michigan leads to a 26-21 loss to Ohio State

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After a pretty well balanced first half against Ohio State the Michigan offense came to a crashing halt in the second half, something the Wolverine defense simply couldn’t overcome.

Saturday afternoon, Michigan failed to break midfield in the second half as horrible offensive play calling and turnovers led to a 26-21 loss at the hands of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Michigan now moves to 8-4 on the season awaiting a postseason bowl invite while Ohio State completes a 12-0 in Urban Meyer’s first season as head coach. Ohio State however is unable to compete in the Big Ten Championship Game or a bowl game due NCAA sanctions stemming from the Jim Tressel era.

The Wolverines started out tough accumulating 115 total yards in the first few minutes of the game. After trading touchdowns and a 41 yard field goal by Ohio State’s Drew Basil, Michigan took a 14-10 lead with a two yard run by Devin Gardner which resulted after a series of penalties by the Buckeyes.

Braxton Miller however reclaimed the lead for Ohio State after connecting with Philly Brown on a 14 yard touchdown pass play to put the Buckeyes up 17-14 late in the first half.

Michigan however wasn’t done as Denard Robinson ripped off a 67 yard touchdown run silencing the Horseshoe crowd and giving the Wolverines a 21-17 lead.

The Buckeyes once again though were able to respond with a late 52 yard Drew Basil field goal cutting the Michigan lead down to 21-20 heading into halftime.

And this is where things went downhill for the Wolverines.

After the half, Michigan was only able to accumulate 60 total yards as Ohio State used two more field goals from Drew Basil to cap off a 26-21 win and a undefeated season.

Michigan’s play calling also became very predictable as any play featuring Denard Robinson was quickly picked up by the Ohio State defense knowing he couldn’t throw the ball. The Wolverine offensive line also had trouble with the Ohio State front seven all day long as the Buckeyes garnered themselves five sacks. The Buckeye pass rush also quickly collapsed the pocket around Devin Gardner forcing the junior quarterback to make some pretty errant throws including a costly interception late that essentially iced the game for Ohio State.

And outside of Denard Robinson the rushing attack for Michigan failed to click as Thomas Rawls had 2 yards on 5 carries.

Meanwhile the Michigan pass defense, which has been very good all season struggled against Braxton Miller as he went 11 of 13 for 156 yards and a touchdown in the first half alone. Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde also had a very productive day on the ground rushing for 146 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries.

Yet the defense still managed to keep Michigan in the game late as the offense continued to turn the ball over. In the end though Ohio State out gained Michigan 396-279 enabling them to run out the clock and take the victory.

 

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