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Unbelievable! Michigan Dominates Ohio State in Epic Showdown – Crushing the Rushing Game Once More!



ANN ARBOR – In the latest clash between Michigan and Ohio State last Saturday, the team emerging victorious in the rushing battle continued its unbroken streak since 2000.

The Wolverines clinched the Big Ten East with a 30-24 win, outgaining the Buckeyes 156 yards to 107 on the ground. Despite OSU’s defensive efforts in the first half, Michigan’s persistence in the run game, especially with backup quarterback Alex Orji’s unexpected contribution, proved decisive.

Orji, with minimal playing time throughout the season, entered the game in the third quarter, making a critical 20-yard gain on a read option. This led to a 50-yard field goal, expanding Michigan’s lead. Notably, the Buckeyes, typically resilient against long rushes, conceded their ninth play of 20-plus yards this season during this drive.

Blake Corum’s 22-yard touchdown further solidified Michigan’s position at 24-17. Offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore praised the team’s patience and physicality, emphasizing the players’ growing strength as the game progressed.

On the defensive front, head coach Jim Harbaugh highlighted key moments, including Will Johnson’s interception setting up Corum’s first touchdown and Rod Moore’s interception in the final minute securing Michigan’s third consecutive series win. Over the last three meetings, Michigan has dominated the rushing game, amassing 705 yards compared to OSU’s 314.

Despite a brief surge in OSU’s run game in the second half, Harbaugh credited Michigan’s defense for limiting their longest rush to 12 yards and forcing them to drive the ball consistently. The defensive prowess, combined with Michigan’s control of the rushing game, contributed to their victory.

Reflecting on the game, OSU head coach Ryan Day acknowledged the importance of winning the rushing yards battle and recognized that Michigan outperformed them in this crucial aspect, impacting the game’s overall control.