That was a close one. The Ohio State Buckeyes hung on for dear life as a goal line stand on a two-point conversion barely kept their undefeated season intact. The Buckeyes, who were previously 78-0 with a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter, almost tarnished that mark.
They blew a two-score lead in the fourth quarter as the Michigan Wolverines and quarterback Devin Gardner came storming back. Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke made a gutty and questionable decision by deciding to go for two instead of going for the tie and forcing overtime. It backfired big time. Part of the thinking for this decision had to do with the Wolverines’ regular kicker being out with an injury.They didn’t trust their backup even for an extra point.
The main reason for the Buckeyes’ offensive success in this one was the running game. Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller torched the Wolverines on the ground. Hyde actually had the most rushing yards ever for a Buckeye against the Wolverines with 226. Miller dazzled with his running ability as well as he finished with 153 yards on only 16 carries and two touchdowns.
This was by far the most nervous the Buckeyes and their fans were all season. They are used to blowing teams out of the water, but not on this day. Although they did build a two-touchdown lead, this was a back and forth, tight affair all afternoon long.
It was one that almost saw the Wolverines take home the victory. The Buckeyes retain their undefeated record for now, and it was Miller and Hyde who saved their season in this one.