Football: No. 2 Ohio State falls to rival No. 5 Michigan 42-27

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Ohio State taking the field before the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=08HZgT_0d89FPwp00 Sophomore safety Craig Young (15) takes the field ahead of the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Gabe Haferman | Asst. Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0jWXzM_0d89FPwp00 Graduate defensive tackle Haskell Garrett (92) prepares to take the field ahead of the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0CuQGp_0d89FPwp00 Head coach Ryan Day watches warmups ahead of the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=3tTfRG_0d89FPwp00 The Buckeyes silver helmet and gloves sit on the sidelines before the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=47cRoN_0d89FPwp00 Junior wide receiver Garrett Wilson (5) catches a pass in the air and makes a touchdown during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=1pWfoo_0d89FPwp00 Junior wide receiver Garrett Wilson (5) makes a touchdown catch during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Gabe Haferman | Asst. Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0EVVws_0d89FPwp00 Junior wide receiver Garrett Wilson (5) makes a touchdown catch during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Gabe Haferman | Asst. Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=27ODUw_0d89FPwp00 Wide receivers junior Garrett Wilson (5) and senior Chris Olave (2) celebrate after Wilson's touchdown during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Gabe Haferman | Asst. Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=1pfDET_0d89FPwp00 Redshirt freshman C.J. Stroud (7) lines up at the line of scrimmage during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=1cDuzn_0d89FPwp00 Freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson (32) scores a touchdown during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0jbI7b_0d89FPwp00 Senior wide receiver Chris Olave (2) congratulates freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson (32) after his touchdown during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0SnXfP_0d89FPwp00 Sophomore wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) celebrates after a touchdown during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=424gyt_0d89FPwp00 Sophomore wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) runs the ball towards the end zone during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=41yJFw_0d89FPwp00 Redshirt freshman running back Miyan Williams (28) breaks away from the Michigan defense during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=35pZKf_0d89FPwp00 Coach Ryan Day on the sideline during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=4YDvb3_0d89FPwp00 Freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson (32) runs the ball down the during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0FGJWX_0d89FPwp00 Redshirt freshman running back Miyan Williams (28) runs the ball through Michigan's defense during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=1kSF46_0d89FPwp00 Graduate kicker Noah Ruggles (95) prepares to kick the extra point during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=3LAScf_0d89FPwp00 Junior cornerback Cameron Brown (26) argues with the Michigan offense during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Gabe Haferman | Asst. Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=3iTaAi_0d89FPwp00 Freshman punter Jesse Mirco (29) and graduate kicker Noah Ruggles (95) celebrate after a field goal during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Gabe Haferman | Asst. Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=1kNi5G_0d89FPwp00 Senior wide receiver Chris Olave (2) attempts a catch during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Gabe Haferman | Asst. Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=2jQjP3_0d89FPwp00 Redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) makes a pass during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Gabe Haferman | Asst. Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=00T68R_0d89FPwp00 Junior wide receiver Garrett Wilson (5) on the sideline after the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Gabe Haferman | Asst. Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=4bBrzU_0d89FPwp00 Senior wide receiver Chris Olave (2) sits on the bench at the end of the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0KVlpJ_0d89FPwp00 Freshman quarterback Kyle McCord (6) looks onto the field after the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=2Yga2b_0d89FPwp00 Ohio State players watch Michigan fans storm the field after the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=2LwzcX_0d89FPwp00 An Ohio State coach looks onto the field after wiping tears off his face during the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday. Ohio State lost 42-27. 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After 728 days, The Game finally returned — but with a new victor.

No. 2 Ohio State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) struggled to settle into an offensive rhythm while its defense could not contain No. 5 Michigan’s (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten) rushing offense, falling to its bitter rival 42-27 for the first time since 2011. As snow fell upon Michigan Stadium, The Buckeyes were knocked out of the Big Ten Championship for the first time since 2016, and likely saw their College Football Playoff aspirations disappear.

The Buckeyes defense struggled to limit Michigan senior running back Hassan Haskins, who terrorized the Buckeyes all day, rushing for 169 yards on 28 carries and finding the end zone a career-high five times.

Haskins added touchdown runs of 13-, 4-, 2- and 1-yard in the second half to help the Wolverines’ lead balloon to as much as 15.

The St. Louis native, alongside sophomore running back Blake Corum, paced the Michigan rushing attack to 297 yards.

While the Michigan rushing offense gashed the Buckeyes defense, Wolverines senior defensive end Aidan Hutchinson carried his team on defense. Hutchinson made redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud’s day a living nightmare, though, collecting three sacks on the Empire, California, native.

Ohio State freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson did his best to keep pace with Haskins. The Hopewell, Virginia, native racked up 17 yards on 74 carries and two touchdowns — one through the air and one on the ground.

While Henderson tried to carry the Buckeyes through the ground, redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud battled constant pressure from Michigan’s star edge rush duo of junior David Ojabo and Hutchinson.

Stroud held tough, completing 69 percent of his passes for 394 yards and two touchdowns.

Sophomore wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba provided Stroud with 11 receptions for 127 yards, including multiple major third- and fourth-down conversions. Junior wideout Garrett Wilson added 10 receptions for 119 yards and an acrobatic touchdown reception in the second quarter.

Despite another solid performance from Stroud, Ohio State’s offense was knocked off track by uncharacteristic penalties. The Buckeyes offensive line committed five false starts, as junior offensive tackle Dawand Jones picked up three on his own.

While Haskins’ second-half scores lifted Michigan past Ohio State, the Wolverines kicked off the scoring on a 14-yard sweep from sophomore wide receiver A.J. Henning, capping off their opening drive in which they collected 60 yards on the ground.

Michigan’s defense set the tone on Ohio State’s opening drive, forcing an early three-and-out and gaining valuable field position from the Buckeyes’ 40.

Although Michigan benefitted from solid field position on its second drive of the day, junior quarterback Cade McNamara tried to fit a ball into double coverage but instead found Buckeyes’ sophomore safety Bryson Shaw for a key interception.

The Buckeyes ripped off 10 unanswered points before the Wolverines answered back on a two-yard plunge from Haskins with 3:51 remaining in the first half.

Haskins’ three second half touchdowns ultimately proved to be the difference, helping Michigan stake out an 28-14 advantage in the second half.

As the Wolverines head to Indianapolis for their first Big Ten Championship appearance, Ohio State will find out which bowl game it will play Dec. 5.

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