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Michigan offense tripped up in loss to rival Ohio State

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Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson (16) runs the ball by Ohio State defender Johnathan Hankins (52) during the second quarter of their game in Columbus, Ohio, November 27, 2010. REUTERS
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson (16) runs the ball by Ohio State defender Johnathan Hankins (52) during the second quarter of their game in Columbus, Ohio, November 27, 2010. REUTERS

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Columbus,OH (WQLR) – The Ohio State defense dominated the second half, keepingMichiganoff the scoreboard to preserve their undefeated season with a 26-21 win Saturday afternoon over their rivals at home.

The Buckeye’s cracked the scoreboard on the opening drive on a Carlos Hyde 3-yard run into the end zone. The Wolverines put a scoring drive together on their next possession after fumbling the ball on their opening drive. Roy Roundtree capped a 75-yard pass play from Devin Gardner with a touchdown to tie the game at 7.

Gardnerfinished the game 11-for-20 with 171 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Robison led the ground game forMichiganwith 122 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown.

The two teams would trade scores in the second quarter, including a 67-yard rushing score by Denard Robinson to end the half 21-20 in favor of the Buckeyes. 

Two Drew Basil field goals were all that Ohio State needed in the second half to preserve the win as their defense held the Wolverines scoreless. The Buckeyes finished 4-for-13 on third down whileMichiganwas 4-for-10, but a pair of turnovers onMichigan’s final two drives of the game ended scoring chances for the Wolverines.

A record 105,899 fans witnessed “The Game”, the largest crowd ever at the Horseshoe. Facing heavy NCAA penalties for receiving improper benefits, the Buckeyes season ends at 12-0, and number four in the AP polls.Michigan, ranked 19 in the BCS, 20 in the AP polls, will await their bowl announcement after posting an 8-4, 6-2 Big Ten mark in the regular season. 

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