Published: Sun, November 26, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Ohio State overcomes early deficit, beats MI, 31-20

Ohio State overcomes early deficit, beats MI, 31-20

The Michigan Wolverines played one of their best games of the season, and it was not enough to take down an Ohio State team that lost starting quarterback J.T. Barrett to a knee injury in the second half.

Barrett left the game in the third quarter, limping off the field.

Haskins led Ohio State down the field after Barrett's injury, setting up Dobbins' 1-yard touchdown run with a 22-yard scamper.

Karan Higdon put MI ahead again on a 2-yard touchdown run, but Ohio State's Denzel Ward blocked the extra-point attempt.

Alex Malzone, Michael Sessa and freshman Dylan McCaffrey, son of former National Football League player Ed McCaffrey and brother of Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, are Michigan's backup quarterbacks against the Buckeyes.

The teams were tied at 14 at halftime.

Earlier in the drive, the Buckeyes faced a third-and-two on their own 33-yard line, but Barrett fought his way to a six-yard gain and a new set of downs. Barrett finished it off with a 21-yard, third-down run to make it 14-7.

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) is sacked by MI linebacker Mike McCray (9) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Five of those plays went for negative yardage, and OSU did not pick up a first down.

In the 114th version of "The Game" Ohio State held on in a tight second half to beat MI 31-20. Barrett limped off the field with assistance and headed straight to the locker room.

Returner K.J. Hill gained 11 yards on the run back of the second kick. The extra-point try was blocked.

Haskins was off the mark with his pass on third-and-five, but a defensive hold gave the Buckeyes an automatic first down. However, before the Buckeyes could get off a snap, they were twice penalized for false starts. Haskins-who finished 6-7 for 97 yards-came in to lead a long drive including a handsome 27 yard completion down the right sideline to convert a key third down to Austin Mack. The Buckeyes led the Wolverines 21-20 headed into the fourth quarter.

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