J.J. McCarthy passed for 263 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 27 yards and a score on the ground as No. 3 Michigan put together a huge fourth quarter to secure a 45-23 win over No. 2 Ohio State.
Donovan Edwards added a career-high 216 yards and two rushing scores as the Wolverines put their stamp on a perfect 12-0 regular season and punched their ticket to the Big Ten Championship Game.
Here are the highlights from the game!
Q4, 1:48: Paige picks it off!
Q4, 3:19: Signed, sealed, delivered.
Michigan wasted little time capitalizing on the timely interception. Donovan Edwards broke off another massive TD run, this one for 85 yards, giving the Wolverines a 45-23 lead.
Donovan Edwards’ 85-yard touchdown clinches the win for Michigan
Donovan Edwards’ 85-yard touchdown clinches the win for the Michigan Wolverines
Q4, 4:19: Game-changing turnover
Q4, 7:11: WHAT. A. RUN!
Holding onto an eight-point lead, Michigan took over possession and went back to the run game. That’s when Donovan Edwards broke off a huge 75-yard touchdown run, giving the Wolverines a 38-23 lead.
Q4, 8:38: Big play sets up Ohio State FG
Stroud threw a laser to Emeka Egbuka for a 43-yard gain. That set up an Ohio State field goal to make it 31-23.
Q4, 13:10: McCarthy doing it all for the Wolverines
Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy is having the game of his life. On a crucial third-down play, he kept it himself and ran it in for the score, giving the Wolverines a 31-20 lead.
Q3, 2:29: Michigan shows off some trickery
Q3, 11:56: McCarthy has the hat trick!
Michigan got on the board first after halftime as McCarthy hooked up with Colston Loveland early in the third quarter to put the Wolverines back on top, 24-20.
Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy hits Colston Loveland for the 45-yard touchdown
Michigan Wolverines QB J.J. McCarthy hits Colston Loveland for the 45-yard touchdown.
Q2, 3:49: We’ve got a track meet
If you like points, this is the game for you! Shortly after Michigan took the lead with a big play, Ohio State struck right back. C.J. Stroud threw a perfect 42-yard TD pass to Marvin Harrison Jr., giving the Buckeyes a 20-17 advantage.
Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud hits Marvin Harrison Jr. for the 42-yard touchdown
Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud hits Marvin Harrison Jr. for the 42-yard touchdown to retake the lead, 20-17.
Q2, 5:24: Cornelius strikes again
After Ohio State took the lead with a field goal, Michigan struck right back with another huge play. McCarthy hooked up with Cornelius Johnson for a massive 75-yard touchdown to give the Wolverines a 17-13 lead.
J.J. McCarthy hits Cornelius Johnson for a 75-yard TD to take the lead
Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy hits Cornelius Johnson for a 75-yard TD to take the lead.
Q2, 7:26: WHAT. A. PLAY.
McCarthy connected with Johnson, who broke a pair of tackles and turned on the jets, cruising into the end zone to tie the game.
Q2, 10:41: Bringing the pressure
Zach Harrison made his presence felt early in the second quarter. The star defensive end brought the pressure and knocked down a pass attempt from McCarthy.
Q1, 1:19: Up and good
Ohio State’s Noah Ruggles kicked a 32-yard field goal to put the Buckeyes on top, 10-3.
Q1, 7:37: Picture-perfect pass and catch
McCarthy scrambled and delivered a perfect pass to Ronnie Bell for the big gain. That catch set up a field goal, cutting the deficit to 7-3.
Q1, 10:02: Buckeyes strike first!
Ohio State put together an impressive first drive, which concluded with a 4-yard TD strike from Stroud to Emeka Egbuka.
Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud finds Emeka Egbuka for the 4-yard TD
Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud finds Emeka Egbuka for the 4-yard TD to give the Buckeyes’ the early 7-0 lead.
11:48 a.m. ET: Paying gratitude forward
Tm Rinaldi tells the incredible story of Blake Corum and the massive impact the Heisman hopeful has both on and off the field.
10:05 a.m. ET: Blake Corum in the house
Michigan fans love to see it.
The Buckeyes will be missing two stars due to injury, among eight players out for the team. Henderson was hurt in last week’s game against Maryland, re-injuring his foot. Smith-Njigba was expected to contend for the Heisman this season before a hamstring injury hit, limiting him to three games this season.
8:40 a.m. ET: Blake Corum reportedly plans to play
Michigan appears to be getting a big boost, per an ESPN report that star running back Blake Corum plans on suiting up against Ohio State. Corum absorbed a low, open-field tackle in the second quarter of last Saturday’s game against Illinois and immediately clutched his left knee in pain. His status was up in the air all week.
Corum is the unquestioned focal point of this year’s Michigan offense with 245 carries for 1,457 yards and 18 touchdowns — all of which rank in the top seven nationally. We will find out how much he can give Michigan if he indeed plays Saturday.
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