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    Week 12

    Michigan and Ohio State play one for the ages in Columbus


    If one were to peruse the stats, they could tell that this was a close game. Michigan had 330 yards of offense to Ohio State's 314. Both QBs completed 15 of 20 passes for 2 TDs. Pryor threw for 210 yards while Robinson (who was healthy for the first time since week 3) threw for 199. Robinson did have 29 yards on the ground and TD while Pryor didn't have a carry. Ohio St's all everything back Brandon Saine rushed for 93 yards on 18 carries while Michigan's 3rd string back, Mike Cox, rushed for 95 yards on 19 carries. Both teams had 2 costly turnovers. With stats like these, it's not surprising that this game wasn't decided until there were 4 seconds remaining.

    In the 1st half, it was obvious that Michigan's players were still suffering from jet lag (which is tough to do on a bus) as they went down 17-0 thanks in no small part to 2 lost fumbles (including 1 where Robinson pitched it directly to Rolle of Ohio State who ran untouched for a TD). With things on the verge of getting very ugly, Michigan's offense decided to nut up instead of shut up and marched down the field, scoring on a 2 yard TD run by Robinson with 5 seconds remaining.

    During halftime, coach Jello channeled his inner Schembechler and lit several fires under his players' asses. In the 2nd half it showed. On Michigan's first drive, they zipped down the field and scored a TD after less than 1:30 had expired in the half to cut the lead to 3. Thanks to interceptions on 2 consecutive drives by Michigan's SR CB, Troy Woolfolk, the hairless nuts went scoreless in the 3rd and Ohio St took a 17-14 lead into the 4th.

    This lead was short lived as Michigan would get a FG with 7:19 remaining to knot the game up at 17. Less than 2 mintues later, Michigan would strike big on Robinson's 2nd TD pass of the game, this one to HB Vincent Smith to grab their 1st lead of the game, 24-17. With 3:21 remaining, Michigan would take a 2 score lead, 27-17 after a 40 yd FG. Ohio St went into 5 WR, pass all the time mode after this and their receivers were simply too good for Michigan's secondary. After 5 or 6 1st downs in the row (which meant that very little time ran off the clock) Pryor threw his 1st TD pass to cut the lead to 27-24 with 1:52 remaining.

    After a failed onside kick, Michigan started with the ball in Ohio St's territory. They made OSU burn all of their TOs and after 3 runs for 9 yards, they were left with a 4th and 1 the aOSU 25 yard line with less than a minute left. Coach Jello made the decision with his heart lined up in a goal line offense. He wanted to go for the kill as a 1st down would win the game for them. As the play clock and game clock ticked down, Jello's brain was able to overcome his heart and he called a TO with 1s left on the play clock. He elected to kick the FG instead afterall. This put Michigan up by 6 with 29s remaining in the game which meant that aOSU would need a TD to win the game and a FG would mean nothing. This is precisely the point when all of the wheels came off of the Michigan bus. They kicked off to the left side of the field to avoid the dangerous Jamal Berry as had been their plan the entire game. The hairless nut return man elected to not field the kick as it landed on about the 10 yard line roughly 10 yards from the sideline. The ball then bounced towards the sideline and then rolled towards the sideline. It stopped rolling about 6 inches out of bounds at about the 3 yard line. Penalty flag. Ohio St ball on their own 40 with 0 seconds elapsed off of the clock. On their 2nd play Pryor heaved the ball down the field against Michigan's 4 deep quarters defense and Devier Posey, who ran by the Michigan defenders caught the ball 52 yards down the field at the 8 yard line. On the next play, Pryor would connect with Washington for the game winning TD with 3 seconds remaining.

    This game was a real kick in the nuts to Michigan as they will now play in the meaningless Capital One bowl (possibly against Georgia) as they have the next 364 days to prepare for their revenge next year in Ann Arbor.
     

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