No. 5 game of 2012: Ohio State 26, Michigan 21

BTN/BTN2Go is airing the top 10 football games of 2012, and the countdown is at No. 5: Ohio State’s 26-21 victory over archrival Michigan. Watch the game at 8 p.m. ET tonight, and the next four games at the same time through Aug. 11. Until then, relive the latest edition of “The Game” in this post.

[ RELATED: Check out our previous top 10 games of 2012 ]

OHIO STATE 26, MICHIGAN 21

Carlos Hyde ran for 146 yards and No. 4 Ohio State’s defense shut out 20th-ranked Michigan in the second half to grab a bruising 26-21 victory on Saturday, completing an improbable 12-0 season for the Buckeyes. It was a sweet win for the Buckeyes, just 6-7 last season with a loss to their archrivals in a transitional year in which they were facing heavy NCAA penalties.

[ VIDEO: Ohio State honors 2002 team, Tressel ]

After Urban Meyer took the job as head coach a year ago, they were socked with a bowl ban after this season – and still ran the table.

Ohio State (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten) is ineligible for a BCS national title but still has an outside shot at finishing No. 1 in the final Associated Press Top 25 if other contenders lose. Michigan (8-4, 6-2) will now await a minor bowl bid.

STAT LEADERS
Leading passer: Braxton Miller, 14-18, 189 yards, 1 TD
Leading rusher: Carlos Hyde, 26 car., 146 yards, 1 TD
Leading receiver: Corey Brown, 8 rec., 95 yards, 1 TD

[ BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | GALLERY | CONNECT ]

C.J. Barnett picks off Devin Gardner:

Ohio State recovers Devin Gardner fumble:

Denard Robinson 67-yard touchdown run:

Braxton Miller hits Corey Brown for touchdown:

Devin Gardner 1-yard touchdown run:

Roy Roundtree highlight-reel touchdown reception:

Ohio State sacks Devin Gardner, Zach Boren recovers fumble:

Carlos Hyde 3-yard touchdown run:

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