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Posted on Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 11:39 a.m.

In-game updates: Ohio State at Michigan football

By Jim Knight


Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson scores his second touchdown of the game.

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FINAL SCORE: Michigan 40, Ohio State 34

Michigan 40, Ohio State 34: Brendan Gibbons kicked a 43-yard field goal, capping a strange series for Michigan. Michigan thought it had a 5-yard touchdown run by Fitzgerald Toussaint, but a review showed he was down on the one-foot line. One play later, Michigan thought it had a 1-yard touchdown run by Denard Robinson, but two penalties put Michigan back on its own 26-yard line, setting up Gibbons' kick.

Michigan 37, Ohio State 34: Dan Herron ran 4 yards as Ohio State drove quickly — 80 yards in five plays in 1:23 — to keep the game tight.

Michigan 37, Ohio State 27: Denard Robinson lofted a soft pass to a wide-open Kevin Koger for a 4-yard touchdown pass. The big play of the eight-play, 75-yard drive: A 19-yard pass to Junior Hemingway on the second play.

Michigan 30, Ohio State 27: Drew Basil kicked a 21-yard field goal, one play after Braxton Miller was sacked for a 2-yard loss on the Michigan 4-yard line. Ohio State went 28 yards in six plays and started with good field position after Michigan punter Willl Hagerup fumbled a snap.

Today's attendance: 114,132. The season total: 897,627

Michigan 30, Ohio State 24: Denard Robinson found Martavious Odoms over the middle for a 20-yard touchdown pass. Michigan took the second-half kickoff and went 80 yards in 11 plays. Robinson has passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two, his seventh career game with four or more touchdowns.

Halftime stats: Ohio State has 214 total yards off offense, and 170 came in the second quarter. Michigan has 203 total yards of offense. Ohio State is 4-of-7 on third-down conversions.

Ohio State 24, Michigan 23: DeVier Posey caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Miller with 1:21 to play in the first half. Ohio State drove 66 yards in six plays.

Michigan 23, Ohio State 17: Denard Robinson ran up the middle for a 6-yard touchdown run. Michigan went 80 yards in nine plays. The big play: A Fitzgerald Toussaint 46-yard run on the fourth play of the drive.

Ohio State 17, Michigan 16: Braxton Miller ran, spun and found the end zone on a 19-yard run. Miller's touhdown came three plays after Ohio State forced Denard Robinson to fumble on the 31-yard line.

Michigan 16, Ohio State 10: Drew Basil kicked a 45-yard field goal, capping a nine-play, 42-yard drive.

First-quarter stats: Michigan has 144 total yards of offense and Ohio State is at 98. Ohio State has been called for three penalties; Michigan zero. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has 43 yards passing and 52 yards rushing.

Michigan 16, Ohio State 7: Junior Hemingway shook off Ohio State safety C.J. Barnett and caught a 26-yard pass in the end zone from Denard Robinson. It's the 36th career touchdown pass for Robinson, putting him seventh all-time at Michigan, one spot ahead of Tom Brady. Michigan went 52 yards in eight plays.

Michigan 9, Ohio State 7: A holding penalty resulted in a safety for Michigan. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, in his end zone and looking to throw deep, missed his throw before the penalty was called.

Michigan 7, Ohio State 7: Denard Robinson, free after a good fake, ran untouched down the left sideline for 41 yards, two plays after Jordan Kovacs helped Michigan to good field position with a sack of Braxton Miller. It was Denard Robinson 34th career rushing touchdown, tied with Rich Leach at Michigan. And he now is eighth on the Michigan rushing list, just past Billy Taylor, who is at the game today.

Ohio State 7, Michigan 0: Corey Brown was wide open for a 54-yard touchdown pass from Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller on the first series of the game. The Buckeyes went 80 yards in six plays. Miller was 3-of-4 passing on the drive for 65 yards. It was Brown's first touchdown reception of the season and just his 13th catch. He's missed several games with an injury.

For the first time since 2004, the Ohio State football team isn't going to at least share the Big Ten Conference title.

And last season's crown was just temporary for the Buckeyes, who vacated the title as part of its self-imposed NCAA sanctions.

Ohio State enters Michigan Stadium today for its game against Michigan with a 6-5 record and carrying a two-game losing streak. Michigan is 9-2 (5-2 Big Ten) and favored by 7.5 points in a rivalry game it hasn't won since 2003. It hasn't scored more than 10 points in The Game since 2006.

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Pat Donaghy of Glen Arbor, right, take a picture for Pat Lazer of Cedar City, left, and Rohre Titcomb of Seattle, center, outside Michigan Stadium.

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Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:29 p.m.

if Hoke was a better coach, he would have moved Denard to slot receiver right after the loss to MSU. He should have over reacted like the fans did. And you know the fans know more than coach does right???


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 11:26 p.m.

Oh and rocket science with your Fitz analogy ... I think all Borges did was prove all other analysts correct when they said that Denard by himself will not work, but a running back and threat of throwing will be lethal...check, check, and double O down check.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 11:23 p.m.

I love that you flock around the UM blog boards "righty". Hopefully with the arrival of UM at Ohio you can retreat to where you once came from. Go lick your wounds and prepare to stand up for UM next year.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:41 p.m.

Denard was helped by Fitz. Without Fitz, Denard is not able to finish half the games. Borges road his horse today because it was his last of the regular season. I don't think he wants to see Denard get popped every game like he did today.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:36 p.m.

Before the season, I think most people were pretty sure we'd get beat by Nebraska and OSU (whether they want to admit it or not). And I think Michigan's offense looked as good as it has all year in these last two games, both wins. I think maybe we'll see even LESS of Devin Gardner during meaningful gametime next year.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:07 p.m.

That overturned TD was probably one of the worst calls I have ever seen. The D didn't play well for about 80% of this game but they came up big when it mattered most. Anybody still think Devin should be starting? I didn't think so.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 12:12 a.m.

The call on the field was a touchdown. There needed to be CONCLUSIVE video evidence that the ball did not cross the plane. None of the angles that I saw CONCLUSIVELY showed the ball NOT crossing the plane. There was no camera angle directly down the goal line. The TD should've stood. It was a HORRIBLE reversal and another testament to how poor the officiating is in the B1G.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:59 p.m.

@TheWay, I didn't notice the angle you're mentioning, and if I did see what you're talking about, then that would lessen my spleen I'm venting toward B1G replay officials. I'm anxious to see these replays again, because now I'm curious. I swear I didn't see anything that showed the ball not crossing the plane. But we'll see.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:22 p.m.

Your second statement, though, deserves it's own response: NO FRIGGIN' WAY!


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:21 p.m.

How can you say it's one of the worst calls you've ever seen when at least one replay angle clearly showed the ball outside the endzone when he knee was down?


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:06 p.m.

Can we please, please stop with the ignorant "Denard can't play QB" talk?


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:06 p.m.

WOW!!! RR was right. He did leave us a 10-win team. Thanks RR, and good luck in Tucson.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 12:13 a.m.

RR left a team capable of winning 10 games this season. Obviously. We just won game #10.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:21 p.m.

Well actually, DonAZ, he (Rich Rodriguez) did leave Hoke a team capable of winning 10 games. There really is no denying that or we wouldn't be looking at a "10" in the win column right now. Whether or not Rich Rodriguez could have coached it to 10 wins is another argument entirely, though.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:10 p.m.

Nope, not popular at all. Nor based in reality.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:06 p.m.

That's not going to be a popular post.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 8:55 p.m.

HAIL to the VICTORS! Fantastic season, Wolverines & Coaches! We're so proud of you. Bo is smiling somewhere today.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 8:53 p.m.

Kudos to Denard Robinson for stepping up his game late in the season. A player not known as a very good passer has been outstanding in the last 2 big games. This is Hokes team now. They are a reflection of his passion for the game. Congratulations team. BTW...that WAS a touchdown at the goal line.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:46 p.m.

UM's de-back were exposed big time. OSU has 1 receiver with experience and an 18 year old QB. Countiss looked like he was still in high school, Kovacs showed why they blitz him every play ( because he doesn't even knowe their is such a thing as pass defense) and there was no where for woolfolk to hide. This is by the worst passing offense in the country.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:17 p.m.

Thanks for listening RightMind. I didn't think you could hear me over all the whining you were doing during the game. tohio's O-line played very well, which is fortunate for them, otherwise Miller wouldn't have been able to connect on half those passes he was successful at. This Michigan D is only going to get better under Mattison. In the near future he's going to be recognized as the best D coordinator in college football. It's a done deal!!! :)


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:09 p.m.

I think the "indisputable evidence" rule was interpeted rather freely on that review. The call on the field was TD ... two different camera angles showed inconclusive results. But at this point it's all moot.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 8:59 p.m.

Denard was verry good today. Raisin I live in DC. When those penalties were called in the endzone I could hear you crying in my living room.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 8:56 p.m.

yes, that certainly was a touchdown by Fitz, but we won (and deserved to win)


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 8:52 p.m.

Is it okay to start breathing again? :-) Michigan bent but did not break on defense. Michigan's offense risked Denard on runs ... had he played like that all year he would have been injured earlier. He got hammered pretty hard a few times today ... lucky we didn't lose him midway through this game. 10 - 2! Hoke is Coach of the Big 10 for certain ... maybe national Coach of the Year.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:11 p.m.

We'll see.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:09 p.m.

Dantonio: B10 coach of the Year Les Miles: National coach of the year. Good job Hoke, but you have to do more than beat a depleated OSU team.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:04 p.m.

You give trophies for a remarkable turnaround in a programs fortunes one year to the next. And he did it with talent he inherited. And he did it with a lot of underclassmen. Which means the key variable is COACHING ... hence, the deserved recognition.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:02 p.m.

Hoke did a very nice job, but they don't give you a trophy for third place. Tressel won the B10 6 years straight and didn't even get B10 coach of the year.

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Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 8:51 p.m.

Nice win. Very nice win. Braxton Miller sure stepped up, but so did Denard when it counted. I would say that 17.2 points allowed per game is not "exposed" - tOSU came in with an aggressive game plan, and executed very well.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:07 p.m.

No doubt some coverage problems in the Michigan secondary. Had Braxton put those balls on the money the outcome might well have been different. But he didn't ... and that's what matters.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 8:56 p.m.

Are you kidding me? Braxton missed 3 wide open touchdown passes. That's an 18 year old kid. mattison was exposed as was Kovacs, Woolfolk and countiss.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 8:46 p.m.

That win felt great !!!!!!!


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 8:44 p.m.

Urban Meyer is 7-1 in bowl games. You do know who that one loss was to, don't you? tohio can expect to lose to that same team for years to come. Woohoo Michigan 40 tohio 34


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 8:43 p.m.

skeezy osu players, skeezy calls by the refs, skeezy osu fans: NONE OF IT MATTERED. hail to the friggin victors!


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 9:14 p.m.

Great post, I guess that gives UM an excuse no matter what the results.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 8:42 p.m.

that worst offense in the country (i think not) just beat ohio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 8:38 p.m.

woohoooooo go MICHIGAN. . . that's right. . . it is a great defense!!! GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 8:38 p.m.

now you know why Mattison got fired in Baltimore. A one trick pony that got exposed by the worst offense in the country.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 5:16 p.m.

woohooo go Buckeyes. Great Defense Wolverines haha.