Michigan crumbles in Columbus
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

The Wolverines’ highly publicized “Revenge Tour” ended with an unsatisfying thud on Saturday. What players and fans hoped would be the crown jewel of the effort to redeem last season’s shortcomings instead proved to be a far more embarrassing flop than any showing from a year ago. With a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game on the line, U-M’s defense was a no-show, falling 62-39 to their hated rival.

The Buckeyes moved the ball effectively from the start, marching 57 yards in six plays on their opening possession. Michigan’s defense stiffened some after that, forcing stops on two straight possessions while answering with a pair of field goals.

But Ohio State seized momentum midway through the second quarter, scoring on three straight possessions. With a solid answer on offense and a luck special teams break, the Wolverines kept things close, but the Buckeyes showed they could move the ball at will once again, getting a field goal with only 41 seconds to work with in the remainder of the half.

Things fell apart for Michigan in the second half, giving up an early field goal, followed by a short possession and blocked punt for a score, then throwing an interception, and giving up another touchdown.

The Wolverines’ offense found more life while down by the large deficit, but Ohio State quickly, and seemingly with some ease, answered every score by the Maize and Blue.

The Michigan defense gave up more points to Ohio State than it surrendered to the previous five opponents combined, allowing 567 yards total.

Shea Patterson completed 20-of-34 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns, with Nico Collins hauling in four catches for 91 yards and two scores, and Donovan Peoples-Jones grabbing seven receptions for 64 yards.

Slipping to 10-2 on the season, Michigan will have to wait to see which bowl game it is selected to play.
 
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