No. 3 Michigan dominates No. 2 Ohio State in Columbus, keeping national championship hopes alive


Maybe last year’s victory was no accident.

Michigan’s No. 3 went to Columbus as heavy underdogs, but you wouldn’t know that by watching Saturday’s dominance.

The Wolverines entered the Horseshoe and picked up a 45-23 victory over No. 2 Ohio State, their first victory in Columbus since 2000.

Saturday’s game was the first the two teams have gone 11-0 since the ‘Game of the Century’ in 2006. Wolverines are now 12-0 for the first time since winning a championship national in 1997, while Ohio State fell to 11-1.

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Michigan center Cornelius Johnson celebrates with teammates after his touchdown against Ohio State in the first half of a game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio
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After falling to the archrival Buckeyes in 17 of 19 games from 2001 to 2019, Wolverines have now won each of the last two.

Much like last season, Michigan’s win gave the Wolverines legitimate championship hopes, while Ohio State needs prayer for its college football playoff future (more on that soon) .

The Buckeyes scored on the first drive of the game, but the Wolverines tied the game at 10 in the second quarter with a 69-yard touchdown by Cornelius Johnson. After a Buckeyes field goal, the Wolverines needed just one play to take their first lead of the afternoon on a 75-yard score from Johnson. However, Ohio State responded right away with a Marvin Harrison Jr. touchdown, making it 20-17 early in the half.

Wolverines won the ball to open the second half, and they took advantage. JJ McCarthy found Colston Loveland for a 45-yard touchdown, putting Michigan in four early in the third quarter. Several rides later, Michigan had its best ride of the day at the best time. A 15-play, 80-yard drive ended with a three-yard McCarthy draw in the end zone, and the ensuing PAT gave the Wolverines a 31-20 lead.

Cornelius Johnson of the Michigan Wolverines runs with the ball during the second quarter of a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.

Cornelius Johnson of the Michigan Wolverines runs with the ball during the second quarter of a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.
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After forcing another Ohio State punt, the Wolverines went for the kill with a 57-yard field goal attempt but went wide left, giving the Buckeyes good field position with a just over nine minutes to go.

A fast 43-yard pass from CJ Stroud to Emeka Egbuka put Ohio State in the red zone, but they had to settle for three with 7:23 to go. And Michigan responded right away. Donovan Edwards took the first play of the drive home for 75 yards, and Michigan had a 38-23 lead.

Stroud threw an interception with 4:30 to essentially freeze the game. For good measure, Edwards made a pass 85 yards from the end zone, putting Michigan ahead 45-23. It was Michigan’s fifth touchdown from at least 45 yards in the game.

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In the second half, the OSU offense crumbled. He only scored three points, kicked three times and returned the ball twice.

McCarthy threw for 263 yards on just 11 passes, but it was those long touchdowns that helped his numbers. Edwards rushed for 216 yards on 22 carries. Johnson finished with 160 yards on four receptions.

Michigan Wolverines' Donovan Edwards (7) evades a tackle during the second quarter of a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.

Michigan Wolverines’ Donovan Edwards (7) evades a tackle during the second quarter of a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.
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Egbuka and Harrison combined for 16 catches for 245 yards in the losing effort, while Stroud completed 31 of 48 passes for 349 yards.

Georgia and Michigan will undoubtedly be the top two in the playoff standings, and it’s hard to imagine the No. 4 TCU losing at home to a team from Iowa State 4-7. No. 5 USC hosts No. 13 Notre Dame later Saturday, while No. 6 LSU is on the road against Texas A&M (4-7). Safe to say, the Buckeyes are going to need some help.

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The Wolverines will now prepare for the Big Ten Championship game next Saturday with their opponent to be determined. After their biggest win since perhaps that national title 25 years ago, they have much bigger goals in mind.


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