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Posted on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:10 p.m.

Final: Ohio State football team stops Michigan, 21-10

By Jim Knight


Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez watches his team warm up in Michigan Stadium before the start of the Ohio State at Michigan game. (Photo: Melanie Maxwell |

Michigan comes up empty: Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier was intercepted in the end zone by Devon Torrence with 8:07 to play in the game. Michigan had driven 44 yards in 5 plays to the OSU 10-yard line.

Ohio State 21, Michigan 10: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, passing for the first time in an 11-play, 89-yard drive, found Dan Herron for an 11-yard touchdown pass.

Ohio State 14, Michigan 10: Tate Forcier, scrambling left, then right on a third-down play, found Vincent Smith for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Michigan’s drive covered 49 yards in 8 plays. The drive started when Jonas Mouton intercepted a Terrelle Pryor pass.

Ohio State 14, Michigan 3: Running back Brandon Saine scored on a 29-yard run as Ohio State went 80 yards with 6 running plays. Saine carried 4 times for 46 yards and quarterback Terrelle Pryor rushed twice for 34 yards.

Ohio State 7, Michigan 3: Jason Olesnavage kicked a 46-yard field goal to cap a 10-play, 50-yard drive by Michigan. Michigan has 148 yards of total offense and has held Ohio State to 72 yards.


Michigan's Mike Martin, right, celebrates a tackle for loss in which his lost his helmet in the first half against Ohio State on Saturday. (Photo: Melanie Maxwell |

Michigan comes up empty: Michigan drove 52 yards to the Ohio State 8-yard line, but came away with no points when Jason Olesnavage missed a 24-yard field goal attempt with 4 minutes left in the first quarter.

Ohio State 7, Michigan 0: Junior defensive end Cameron Heyward recovered a fumble by Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier in the end zone as Ohio State scored first. Forcier, scrambling on a third-down play in his own end zone, dropped the ball while looking for an opening.

Game under way: Ohio State opened the game on offense and picked up two first downs before its drive stalled near midfield.

Kickoff: The Ohio State football team has a 7-3 edge in the last 10 Michigan-Ohio State games and today's game kicks off at noon at Michigan Stadium. We'll update this story throughout the game.

Live chat: Join our in-game live chat led by Pete Bigelow and Michael Rothstein.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes (9-2, 6-1) have clinched a tie for the Big Ten title and are headed to the Rose Bowl. They have won five consecutive Big Ten titles. Ohio State leads the conference in total defense, rushing defense and turnover margin.



Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 5:20 p.m.

...who is mary sue coleman??,and what does she know about football??? Go Blue! v


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 5:19 p.m.

rich rodriguez looks stupid in MICHIGAN gear. Go Blue! v


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 5:13 p.m.

next year we should not play in the big ten....let's go independent!!!! then we can load up with army, navy, college of the blind....then we'll be 12-0 and going to the NCG like tater and theo predicted.....hopefully they both leave with rich


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 5:01 p.m.

Great play calling - running DRob up the middle twice in a row when the defense knows he's not going to throw it. Worked like a charm.


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 4:15 p.m.

How bout michigan tries to run the ball to the outside where they piled up a whopping -14 yards. Good play selection from a stellar coach. It says a lot about your program when your upper classmen (ie Minor) wants nothing to do with the last game of the season


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 4:01 p.m.

i have the solution......michigan corners need to give 17 yards of cushion not 12 yards to wide receivers. maybe that will prevent teams from throwing underneath


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:58 p.m.



Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:57 p.m.

...the 3rd down "spin-o-rama, bubble screen" in the red zone sums it up... how did this dude get hired??? sad, sad, sad, Go Blue! v


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:56 p.m.

unfortunatly for us...there arent any cliffs in ann arbor for tate and rich to hop in a car together and drive off of. I guess another losing season is in store for michigan next year


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:53 p.m.

Blind loyalty to a coach that is an obvious mismatch does not a fan make. The AD needs to admit his mistake, fire RR and move on. At the end of the day, there are some extremely talented kids that play Big Ten football on Saturdays, and Michigan has more than its fair share. So how do account for two straight losing seasons and weekly embarrasing performances. Me thinks its not the kids.


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:47 p.m.

Congrats Rich last place in the Big Ten! Your worth Millions!


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:47 p.m.

DAVETGC and I are the only true Michigan fans to have posted at this point. To the guy who thinks Harbaugh is so great, he went 5-7 in his second year at Stanford too. He's also burned a lot of bridges here. Harbaugh doesn't even have the quality of resume that Rich had when he was hired.


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:44 p.m.

Kid Forcier is soft. I live in San Diego where he is from. He was soft in HS and has not changed. I remember a few games back when he was crying like a little girl on the sideline after getting dinged. Never knew until today that his two older brothers transferred out of their first colleges. Interesting to see if he follows. PLEASE do not and PLEASE RR stay. That comes from all the OSU fans. Last place. How low can you go.


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:42 p.m.

I credit the D for once for playing a solid game. But our D coordinator is still a joke. And Dick Rod is an even bigger joke, but he didnt lose the game today. TATE DID! But its Dick ROds fault for running off Mallet who is having a great season at arkansas. To you I salute..DICK ROD for setting another negative record at Michigan


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:39 p.m.

TAINT Forcier single handedly lost the game. He should quit football and never take a snap again. The kid has no patience and no abiliies, he forces everything. TAINT=LOSER.


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:38 p.m.

Thank God its over. I need at least 9 months of NO Michigan football to be in the mood to watch another game. Just pathetic. I wonder what Gary Moeller is up to? Maybe RR could hire him as a consultant to learn about Big Ten football and a system that works.


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:37 p.m.

Why I bothered to watch this game. I sat through two seasons of poor coaching and execution. To those who believe that the third year is a charm are sadly mistaken. Tate does not have the maturity to settle down. I believe he will cut and run. If he doesnt then we are to rally behind him? I believe Denard also needs to settle down. He doesnt get enough play time in season and when he did, he wasnt effective. But no one throws an interception as good as Tator. As for BigRR see ya.


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:36 p.m.

consensus. Forcier sucks at football


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:30 p.m.

PERFECT OSU. michigan seniors 0 for 4. LOSERS. RR never beaten OSU LOSER. michigan last place Big Ten. LOSERS. michigan no bowl AGAIN. LOSERS. OSU headed to Pasadena BOWLIN. BIG TEN CHAMPS. Another michigan beat down. Watching michigan is like watching a high school team. They try all types of tricks and gimmicks because their sysytem and coach are pathetic. GO BUCKS


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:30 p.m.

Papa, Michigan outplayed Ohio State. Things are looking up for the future of the program under Rich Rodriguez. If you're not behind our coach, you might as well just quit being a fan like furious is claiming to have done.

Furious in MI

Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:27 p.m.

Wow. Way to go, Tate. Four picks, all at the worst possible moments. Ready for a nice long offseason, during which I will find a new team to root for, goodbye losers.


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:26 p.m.

Defense shows up and tate doesn't. Im sure he'll be texting analyst letting them know what went wrong since that is priority.


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:25 p.m.

Hey stan, this team has gotten worse since the first snap of the season since RR has been here. This team HASN'T been able to make half-time adjustments. The players haven't had positional improvements (Tate and Drob are worse than when they started) Etc. etc. The things under the coaches immediate control aren't being fixed. I've never seen a pro-RR guy be able to counter argue any of this stuff so why are you any different. The fact is that there are a lot of things RR can manage now that he isn't and nobody that supports him can come up with reasons why, so why should we keep him?


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:21 p.m.

I'm proud of this team's effort today. Had it not been for FRESHMAN mistakes, Michigan wins this game. I'm sick of all the anti-Rich pretend Michigan fans. He clearly did not lose his team. When this thing turns around, I hope you are all man enough to admit you were wrong about Rich.


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 3:19 p.m.

Can anyone explain to me how RR has earned another season? Please, explain that.


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 2:35 p.m.

Gee what a suprise.Did anyone expect Michigan to win.We need to bring in Jim Harbaugh as a coach.


Sat, Nov 21, 2009 : 1:50 p.m.

Observations on the first half against Ohio State, 3-14! 1--To say the offense played bad is a huge understatement! Offense gets one red zone and doesn't convert any points while the defense holds Ohio State to zero red zones. The Buckeyes convert two Michigan turnover into 7 points. 2--Forcier was 15 of 25 for 133 yards and one interception. Offense has 166 net yards, 33 on the ground, 10 first downs, and 3 of 10 on 3rd down conversions. Roy Roundtree has 5 catches for 63 yards. Greg Mathews has 4 catches for 46 yards. Ross Homan has 8 tackles and a pass break up to lead the Buckeye defense. 3--Michael Shaw gets his first start, and Buckeyes completely shut down our running game. 33 net yards with Vincent Smith gaining 25 yards on 4 carries. 4--Wolfolk starts at safety and Leach at MIKE linebacker, and defense hold the Buckeyes to one offensive touchdown, 6 forced punts, 163 yards of total offense, 1 of 7 on 3rd down conversions. It has been our best defensive effort all year. We have one sack and an intentional grounding on Pryor. Can we continue for 3 or 4 quarters? Or do we "cave" in the second half like the last 4 games? 5--Special team advantage to the Buckeyes. They are killing our kickoff and punt returns cold with solid hitting. Thoma has outpunted Mesko. Olesnavage missed a field goal, and barely makes the other. 6--We get 4 Buckeye turnovers in the second half, and close out with a win, 24-21! We must score on the first drive of the second half to start the momentum, and I do not mean score a field goal. Go Blue!!!