Sour End To Michigan's Season
The Michigan Wolverines end their regular season on a sour note losing to rival Ohio State 37-7.
The Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1) picked up two celebration penalties after touchdowns but had a lot to celebrate: A share of a record-tying sixth Big Ten title and, most likely, a Bowl Championship Series bowl berth.
Terrelle Pryor had two TD passes and Dan “Boom” Herron finished with 175 yards on 22 carries. It was another stumble for Michigan (7-5, 3-5) under coach Rich Rodriguez, now 0-3 against the Buckeyes and just 15-21 overall with the Wolverines.
Herron ran 98 yards for a score that was disallowed and shortened to an 89-yard gain because of a holding penalty as he neared the end zone. Michigan’s sterling quarterback, Denard Robinson, was hampered by an injured left (non-throwing) hand.
He played little more than a half, running for 105 yards on 18 attempts and completing 8 of 18 passes for 87 yards. He came into the game second nationally in total offense at 343 yards a game.
The crowd serenaded the Buckeyes with “We Don’t Give A Damn For the Whole State of Michigan” throughout the final quarter, long after the outcome had been decided.
It was the second-most lopsided Ohio State victory in the series since 1968, eclipsed only by a 42-7 win the last time the game was played in Columbus in 2008. Over those last two Buckeyes home games, they’ve outscored Michigan 79-14.
Ohio State players, dressed up in bright scarlet helmets and shoes for the game, were twice flagged for forming an “O” with their gloved hands while celebrating after touchdowns. The crowd of 105,491 booed lustily after each penalty. The rest of the afternoon was mostly cheers.
Ohio State’s defense – with backup cornerback Travis Howard intercepting one pass and recovering two fumbles – controlled a Michigan offense that came in averaging 37 points and 515 yards per game. The Wolverines ended up with 351 yards – less than 100 in the second half.
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