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Michigan runs through Ohio State in second half; wins big

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes do not know what this feeling is like. Now, they will have to wait another year in attempt to get some revenge against their arch rivals.

The No. 3 Michigan Wolverines defeated the Buckeyes for the second straight year. The Wolverines won 45-23 on Saturday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Donovan Edwards carries the football against Ohio State (Photo by Ben Jackson/Getty Images)

With the win, the Wolverines are 12-0. They have advanced to their second straight Big Ten Conference Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Their opponent has not been determined yet.

The loss dropped the Buckeyes to 11-1. Ohio State is facing their second straight non-College Football Playoff Bowl game.

Ohio State has lost three games over the past two seasons. Two of them have come at the hands of the Wolverines.

Michigan won its first game at Ohio Stadium in 22 years. Their last win prior to Saturday came in November 2000 when they won 38-26.

The Wolverines have won two straight in this rivalry game. They lead the all-time series 60-51-6.

Following the game, a Michigan player spiked the Michigan flag at midfield.

Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy went 12 of 24 for 263 yards. He had three touchdown passes.

Donovan Edwards had 22 carries for 216 yards and two touchdowns. He carried the bulk of the load with star back Blake Corum limited due to an injury.

Cornelius Johnson had four receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He is the only Michigan player in the last 15 years to have two touchdowns of more than 50 yards.

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Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud went 31 of 48 for 349 yards. He had two touchdown passes and two interceptions.

This was likely Stroud’s final game at Ohio Stadium. Plus, he was noncommittal on playing in a non-College Football Playoff Bowl game when asked after the game.

Chip Trayanum had 14 carries for 83 yards. Emeka Egbuka had nine receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Michigan dominated the run game in the second half. They had 242 second half rushing yards after having a limited run game in the first half.

They also dominated the second half scoring. The Wolverines had 28 points compared to 3 in the finals two quarters.

McCarthy hit Colston Loveland for a 45-yard touchdown reception. McCarthy also scored on a three-yard rushing touchdown.

Edwards scored on a 75-yard rushing touchdown. He also scored on an 85-yard rushing touchdown, as well.

Ohio State’s Noah Ruggles scored their lone second half points. He made a 27-yard field goal.

The Buckeyes led 20-17 at halftime. Stroud hit Egbuka for a four-yard touchdown reception. Stroud also hit Marvin Harrison Jr. for a 42-yard touchdown reception.

Ruggles made two field goals. He first made a 32-yard field goal. He then made a 47-yard field goal.

Michigan’s McCarthy hit Johnson for a 69-yard touchdown reception. The duo also connected on a 75-yard touchdown reception.

Jake Moody also made a 49-yard field goal.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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