The Wolverines fall to 8-4 and 5-4 in the Big Ten, while the Buckeyes improve to 10-2 and 8-1.
At 10-2 and now ranked No. 9 in the College Football Playoff rankings, the Buckeyes have an opportunity to play their way in to the playoff if they can pull off a victory over No. 5 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game next Saturday in Indianapolis. Like numerous recent games, the loss was gut-wrenching for MI fans. MI is just 1-13 vs. Ohio State in the last 14 meetings, and Jim Harbaugh has yet to defeat OSU since his arrival in Ann Arbor.
An apparent "ongoing" issue of his meniscus popping in and out likely means Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett will need surgery - which would be best both for his short-term and long-term future. Haskins played solidly after replacing Barrett, completing six of seven passes for 94 yards, and guided the Buckeyes back from a 20-14 deficit to secure the victory. The extra point gave the Buckeyes a 21-20 lead. He also rushed 15 times for 67 yards and a touchdown. I'm going to find out who. Redshirt freshman Brandon Peters never cleared concussion protocol, and Wilton Speight was not cleared for contact, although he has been practicing with the team. Backup John O'Korn might start, adding further intrigue to one of college football's great spectacles.
He didn't turn the ball over through the first 57 minutes and helped keep MI in the game, but his interception with 2:36 remaining derailed any chance of a Wolverines comeback.
Barrett, a senior, was just three of eight for 30 passing yards and a touchdown.
The teams were tied at 14 at halftime. Well, sort of. Up 14-0 in the second quarter, Metellus had a sure interception hit him in the chest and then fall to the ground.
Barrett's run cut Michigan's lead down to one score, 14-7, with 9:50 to play in the first half.
MI also had a chance for great field position late in the first half after a high snap soared over Barrett's head. In his place stepped Dwayne Haskins, who performed admirably the way Cardale Jones once did against the Wolverines in relief just a few seasons ago.