COLUMBUS — The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes got overwhelmed in the second half against the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines losing, 45-23, Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
The Buckeyes led, 20-17, at halftime but the Wolverines outscored them, 28-3, in the second half.
Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another in the fourth quarter. Cornelius Johnson caught four passes for 160 yards and two scores of 69 and 75 yards.
Donovan Edwards sealed the game for the Wolverines in the fourth quarter with two long touchdown runs, 75 and 85 yards. Edwards rushed for 216 yards, including 207 in the second half.
The Buckeyes were outrushed by the Wolverines in the second half, 242-19. Michigan outgained Ohio State, 530-492 in total offense.
Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud completed 31 of 48 passes for 349 yards, two touchdowns and two fourth quarter interceptions.
Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison, Junior each had over 100 yards receiving. Egbuka caught nine passes for 125 yards and a touchdown while Harrison had seven catches for 120 yards and a score. DeaMonte Trayanum led the Buckeyes with 83 yards rushing.
The Buckeyes were held out of the end zone in the second half.
Michigan improves to 12-0 overall, 9-0 in the Big Ten. They clinch the Big Ten East and advance to the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis on December 3. They will play Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff is at 8 p.m.
Ohio State falls to 11-1 overall, 8-1 in the Big Ten.
However, the Buckeyes’ hopes for the College Football Playoff are not dead yet.
Clemson lost to South Carolina Saturday afternoon and both USC and TCU still have to play on in their conference championship games next weekend.
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