30 – 27 , OT x2

Posted by Buckeye D | Posted in Big Ten News, Buckeye News, College football news | Posted on 28-11-2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Curtis Samuel swept in for a 15-yard touchdown after Ohio State barely converted a fourth-and-1 and the second-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 3 Michigan 30-27 in double overtime Saturday to win one of the greatest games in the history of one of college football’s greatest rivalries.

Facing fourth-and-1 from the 16, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer decided not to kick a potential game-tying field goal with a kicker who had already missed two short ones in regulation.

J.T. Barrett kept it on fourth down and slammed into the back of his blocker, A.J. Alexander, right at the line to gain. The first-down call stood up to video review.

“That was not a first down,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I’m bitterly disappointed with the officiating today.”

On the next play, Samuel, who had made a swerving, change-of-direction run to set up the fourth-and-1, found a lane and raced into the end zone to win it.

The scarlet-clad crowd soon covered the field. The first game to go to overtime in the 113-game history of the rivalry likely eliminated Michigan from the playoff race and could have locked up a spot for the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes will have to wait until Penn State plays to find out if they will play for the Big Ten title. Still, they added to a resume that already was impressing the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Michigan could end up in the Rose Bowl, but the biggest prizes are still eluding the Wolverines in their second year under coach Jim Harbaugh, who dropped to 0-2 against Meyer and the Buckeyes. Michigan has not won the Big Ten since 2004.

But if this is just the start of a new Ten Year War for Michigan and Ohio State, with Meyer and Harbaugh playing the roles of Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler, there is much for to look forward to for college football fans.

Ohio State wiped out a 10-point third-quarter deficit and dominated the fourth quarter, but Tyler Durbin missed a 20-yard field goal to tie it with 7:01 remaining.

Barrett and the Buckeyes gave him another chance, this time from 23 yards with a second left in regulation and Durbin nailed it.

Barrett scored on a quarterback draw and Ohio State’s first possession of OT to give the Buckeyes the lead, but Michigan tied it on a 5-yard touchdown pass on fourth down from Wilton Speight to Amara Darboh.

Escape like a boss!

Posted by Buckeye D | Posted in College football news | Posted on 23-11-2016

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LANSING, Mich. — Before Ohio State could move on to next weekend’s showdown with Michigan, the Buckeyes had to deal with a different nemesis.

As usual, Michigan State gave Urban Meyer’s team all it could handle.

Mike Weber ran for 111 yards and a touchdown, and No. 2 Ohio State held off Michigan State 17-16 on Saturday after the upset-minded Spartans missed a 2-point conversion with 4:41 remaining.

“Tough day at the office right there,” Meyer said. “We’ll take the win against a team that we know very well and on the road in November. We’re 10-1 and getting ready for rivalry week.”

Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 2 AP) can now focus on Michigan, but only after withstanding a spirited challenge from a Michigan State team that derailed the Buckeyes’ national title bids in two of the previous three seasons. The Spartans (3-8, 1-7) were down 17-10 when LJ Scott scored on a 1-yard run with 4:41 to play. Michigan State went for the lead, but Tyler O’Connor’s pass on the 2-point conversion attempt was intercepted in the end zone.

“All week long I’d said that, hey, if we get close at the end of the game, we’re going for 2, and we’re going to take an aggressive approach and play to win the football game rather than to tie,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. “They had us covered up on that particular play, so good job by them.”

The Spartans got the ball back one more time, at their own 20 with 2:04 remaining. Tyquan Lewis sacked O’Connor on the first play, and then Gareon Conley intercepted him on the second.

Scott ran for 160 yards and also scored on a 64-yard catch-and-run in the first minute of the game, but the Ohio State defense didn’t allow much more after that. J.T. Barrett threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Samuel in the first quarter, and the game was tied at 10 at halftime.

Weber’s 4-yard TD run in the third gave the Buckeyes the lead for good.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio State: The Buckeyes had to claw their way to this win, but it was still a sweet one against the team that has given them more trouble than any in recent seasons. Michigan State beat Ohio State in the 2013 Big Ten title game and again late in the regular season last year. Ohio State’s stellar pass defense was the difference. O’Connor and Damion Terry were a combined 8 of 21 with two interceptions for the Spartans.

Michigan State: Dantonio’s team threw everything it had at Ohio State, executing a successful fake punt in the fourth quarter and later going for 2 when an extra point would have tied it. The Spartans fell just short in the end, unable to establish any consistent offensive threats aside from Scott.

The 2-point conversion may be second-guessed in the days to come, but O’Connor said the team was on board with it.

“We don’t play for second place, obviously,” O’Connor said. “Everybody was all in on going for it.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Ohio State: The Buckeyes trailed only top-ranked Alabama coming into this weekend, but the bigger concern for them is their playoff position. Even if Ohio State beats Michigan, it could lose a head-to-head tiebreaker with Penn State for the division title.

TOUGH SLEDDING

Michigan State managed only 127 yards passing, over half of it on one play. Ohio State wasn’t very productive through the air either. Barrett went 10 of 22 for 86 yards on a windy day that included sporadic snow flurries. The Spartans, who had only seven sacks coming into the game, had three against Ohio State.

62-3

Posted by Buckeye D | Posted in College football news | Posted on 23-11-2016

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ohio State seems to be getting into a rut — the good kind that can lead to championships.

J.T. Barrett accounted for four touchdowns, Curtis Samuel scored three TDs and No. 5 Buckeyes enjoyed another 62-3 rout — this time, against Maryland on Saturday.

After beating then-No. 10 Nebraska by the identical score last week, Ohio State poured it on against the Terrapins, going up 21-3 after the first quarter and 45-3 at halftime.

“It’s just that time of year where you’re getting closer to the playoffs and championship games,” Samuel said. “We know we’ve got to step it up. We’ve got to come out here every day and give it our all, put up numbers.”

Unlike last week, this blowout was no surprise because it came against a struggling team with quarterback issues and a porous defense. But playing well in November is what counts, no matter the level of the competition.

“That’s where you really hang your hat on for the season,” Barrett said. “We try to do our best in those games.”

Ohio State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 6 AP) has won three straight to remain in contention for the Big Ten title and, more importantly, a berth in the College Football Playoff.

“We know exactly what’s coming down the road,” coach Urban Meyer said.

Maryland (5-5, 2-5) lost 59-3 to Michigan last week and has allowed 163 points during a three-game losing streak.

“Back to back weeks when the game got away from us early,” coach DJ Durkin lamented. “Obviously, the level of competition the past couple weeks factors in, but we’ve kind of lost our way ourselves.”

With Barrett and Samuel leading the way, the Buckeyes eliminated any potential drama by scoring touchdowns on three of their four possessions in the first quarter.

Samuel got things started with a 2-yard touchdown run. Barrett then took it in from 4 and added a 36-yard TD pass to Samuel.

In between, the Buckeyes punted for the first time two weeks. Also, backup quarterback Caleb Rowe led the Terps to a field goal. But even that was disappointing because Maryland failed to get into the end zone after a 37-yard completion produced a first down at the Ohio State 3.

Rowe took over for Perry Hills, who was injured at the end of Maryland’s second drive. Rowe proved ineffective and was replaced in the second half by true freshman Tyrrell Pigrome.

Barrett made it 28-3 with a 1-yard run early in the second quarter and Samuel got his third touchdown around right end from the 5.

Meyer replaced Barrett during a third-quarter drive that ended with a TD for a 55-3 lead. Barrett ran for two touchdowns, threw two scoring passes and finished 18-for-27 for 253 yards.

Samuel ran for 38 yards and caught five passes for 74 yards. Freshman Mike Weber carried 12 times for 93 yards.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

This blowout victory, combined with No. 2 Clemson losing to Pittsburgh, should boost the Buckeyes up a notch or two in both the AP poll and the CFP.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio State: The Buckeyes are gaining momentum heading into the most important part of the season. The offense has been unstoppable over the past two weeks and the defense limited Maryland to 176 yards and 10 first downs. With one defeat, Ohio State can’t afford to slip up as it heads toward a Nov. 26 showdown with No. 3 Michigan, the undefeated East Division leader.

Maryland: After opening 4-0, the Terrapins are now a .500 team still in search of the sixth win needed to become bowl eligible. Maryland can’t seem to keep Hills healthy and has come unglued defensively this month.

MISSING YOU

The Terrapins announced the suspension of three players before the game, including running back Lorenzo Harrison, who leads the team with five rushing touchdowns.