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.
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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.
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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.
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
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: