Michigan Wolverines drop heartbreaker to Ohio State University in game of the decade

Buckeyes win in the 2nd overtime 30-27 in front of record crowd of 110,045

Posted In: Sports, Local Sports, National Sports,   By: Thomas Baird

27th November, 2016     0

COLUMBUS, OHIO - In a highly publicized contest this afternoon between the # 2 and #3 teams in the county the Ohio State Buckeyes prevailed at Ohio Stadium 30-27 over the Michigan Wolverines.  In front of a record crowd of 110,045 spectators the Buckeyes played from behind to win the contest in the second overtime period with a touchdown from J.T. Barrett on a 7 yard run.  After the Wolverines held on fourth down to stop the drive the linesman gave the Buckeyes a favoritable spot and declared first down.   However the officials decided to review the spot and what appeared on the large Stadium screen to show the Wolverines held.   But the official then ruled first down and the wind was out of the sails for Michigan.   The Buckeyes scored on the next play. 

Both teams came into the game with 10-1 records and the winner expected to be playing for the National Championship in January.  Michigan dominated the game for the first 3 quarters only to see Ohio State coming back to tie the game at 17-17 at the end of regulation.   The Buckeyes tied the score with a short field goal with 1 second remaining in the game.  Junior quarterback Wilton Speight made a heroic start for the Wolverines and ended up completing 23 of 36 passes for 219 yards along with 2 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions.   The Buckeyes capitalized on Michigan turnovers with Speight fumbling at the four yard line with OSU recovering the fumble.   Late in the 2nd quarter he then threw an interception that the Buckeyes returned for a touchdown. 

110,045 fans turned out for the largest crowd in "THE GAME" between these two rivals at Ohio Stadium.   On an overcast day with the tempature in the low 40's it was a great day for a big game.  The game went into overtime and both teams scored touchdowns on their first possessions.   Michigan would only get a field goal in the second overtime and then let a questionable call give them their 2nd loss of the 2016 campaign.   This now will send Michigan to a lower Bowl Game in January after finishing the season with a very good 10-2 record.  Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh had his team prepared and even got a 15 yard penality on himself when throwing a clipboard onto the field. 

Having been to many Michigan vs. Ohio State games in Ann Arbor this was my first adventure to OSU and "THE GAME."    After hearing war stories on how the OSU fans act it was a rather calm day.  It ranks right there in my Top Three all time M vs. OSU games.  After taking a bus to the campus I decided to walk into the Stadium and take in the sights and sounds of all of the Ohio State fans out early in the morning celebrating the up coming game on national television and the College Gameday crew in town.  Even after the Columbus police told us to be safe we still would get cheers from the OSU faithful because of our Michigan gear that we bravely worn into the game.  After a quick exit from Ohio Stadium and the long journey back into friendly territory in the State of Michigan the game started to sink in.   Having attended many big games in my lifetime I truly questioned a few of the calls that went against Michigan on defense.  This would lead to extended drives and in some cases a score by Ohio State.   I predict that this game will become an instant classic on ESPN and be talked about for the next decade.   


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