Written by Katherine Clatterbuck
The matchup between long-time rivals Ohio State and Michigan on Saturday, November 27th ended historically after Michigan came out victorious for the first time in eight years. The Michigan Wolverines had not won against Ohio State since their 2011 win of 40-34. Entering the game, Ohio was ranked 2nd in the NCAA Top 25, while Michigan rested at 5th with their 10-1 record. The battle began with a touchdown from Michigan’s A.J. Henning in a 14-yard run with a successful kick from Jake Moody. Ohio responded with a 31-yard field goal ending the first quarter with a score of 7-3 in favor of the Wolverines. Entering the second quarter, Ohio came with a vengeance scoring their first touchdown and a second field goal. Yet, with a second touchdown and extra point from the Wolverines, Michigan entered half time up by 1 point. Ohio fans hoped the second quarter would bring improvements, but faced the devastation of two touchdowns from running back Hassan Haskins. Although Ohio was able to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, bringing their final score up to 27, Michigan responded with two touchdowns of their own to finish out the game with a final score of 42 to 27. Haskins scored all but one of the Wolverines’ six touchdowns for the game with Jack Moody successfully kicking all six extra points. After this blow to Ohio State, Michigan was ranked 2nd in the Top 25, pushing Ohio down to 7th as we enter college football playoffs. It is now predicted that Michigan will face Iowa in the Big Ten conference championships, another matchup to look out for coming up this season.