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Michigan ends eight years of misery, finally beats Ohio State

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It had been 2,926 days since Michigan beat Ohio State in football and No. 17 Michigan used every last minute of it to end eight years of misery to beat Ohio State 40-34.

Coincidentally, the Wolverines took about eight years off the lives of those who have been waiting for this moment since 2003. With just over two minutes left to play, Michigan faced a third-and-inches on the verge of extending their 37-34 lead back to 10 points. Instead, U-M committed two fouls — a holding call and a personal foul — that backed up their offense 25 yards and reversed a Denard Robinson touchdown.

Ohio State was able to drive the ball some on their final drive, but could not convert a fourth down. Robinson took the victory formation and Michigan stormed to the corner of The Big House to celebrate with the fans.

A lot of credit needs to be given to both coaches. One of Brady Hoke‘s goals from the first day was to beat “Ohio” and he’s branded that into his team’s winged helmets — as if they needed any more help. A 10-2 first season in Ann Arbor? Not too shabby at all.

Likewise, Luke Fickell has been in a tough situation all year and yet Ohio State has been in a position to win just about every game this season. Even down a touchdown with two minutes left, Ohio State had a chance to win. You’d have to have some confidence in the Buckeyes offense given that they had just drove 80 yards in five plays the drive before.

But Braxton Miller missed some crucial throws and Michigan picked off his final throw.

It’s a great win for Michigan, but an even better one for one of the best rivalries in all of football. Ohio State-Michigan will always matter, but lopsided affairs are no fun.

Now, it’s 1-0 in favor of Michigan.

And you can set that clock back to zero.

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36 Responses to “Michigan ends eight years of misery, finally beats Ohio State”
  1. sinister23 says: Nov 26, 2011 4:06 PM

    We are back baby!!!!!

  2. nickp91 says: Nov 26, 2011 4:06 PM

    Denard Robinson with a legendary performance today

  3. fatfreddystubbs says: Nov 26, 2011 4:07 PM

    Great game. Speaking as a Penn State fan (yeah, i know, we have our own problems), if Braxton Miller can get his passing accuracy up to a level that’s even mediocre, the kid is gonna be flat-out scary to face for the next three years.

    It’s amazing how when he has time and his feet are set, he misses by ten yards, but when he throws on the run or off his back foot, he makes things happen.

    and as i’m typing this, McGloin throws an INT. Ok, i’ll shut up about QB play.

  4. polegojim says: Nov 26, 2011 4:10 PM

    HAIL TO THE VICTORS VALIANT!!!

    Great game as hoped. Well fought and played by Ohio.

    That’s what I love most about this game. Rankings mean nothing. It’s typically a dog fight, no matter what.

    Very proud of Michigan’s fortitude and new attitude. No quit after a rough start and fumble.

    At large BCS bid coming!

    In Hoke we Trust.

  5. Deb says: Nov 26, 2011 4:26 PM

    @polegojim …

    No dog in this hunt, but I am happy for you. Congratulations on a big win :)

  6. dkhhuey says: Nov 26, 2011 4:35 PM

    @pole

    Congrats on the victory – the Buckeyes showed up and put up a great fight when they had every reason to phone it in! Braxton was just not accurate on several throws that would have been game changers. However, it was not meant to be!

    I have a feeling next year is going to be one helluva show as well!!!

  7. rashardmendenballs says: Nov 26, 2011 4:39 PM

    Great win by my wolverines today!!!

    But damn…that was one entertaining game!!!

  8. nickp91 says: Nov 26, 2011 4:39 PM

    You gotta give Coach of the year to Brady Hoke for how he turned Michigan into a 10 win team in just 1 year

  9. wolverines28 says: Nov 26, 2011 4:55 PM

    I think they need to put this loss on Fickell. Who spikes the ball on 3rd and 6 with less than a minute to play not to mention the horrible clock management in the 4th. The Buckeye players really showed up though and I have to agree that Miller is gonna be scary once he really starts to realize his potential. All in all it was a great game and I’m proud as can be of Coach Hoke and my Wolverines today!!!!

  10. Deb says: Nov 26, 2011 4:56 PM

    @nickp91 …

    Good things happen when RichRod goes away :)

  11. afreak2u says: Nov 26, 2011 5:03 PM

    Great game for both fans to enjoy but in reality both teams are one dimensional qb run for the most part and yet both teams knew that but overall failed to stop em piss poor decision to spike on 3rd and even pass when qb was eating up yards with feet or maybe should have tried screen, but either way congrats Michigan

  12. polegojim says: Nov 26, 2011 5:07 PM

    @deb – thx -114,000+ in the stands signing –
    ‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T , found out what it means to me.

    @dk – it wasn’t over til the last pass, as it should be. Inaccurate passing…welcome to our world… but Denard came through big time today.
    If Urban becomes HC, it will be a battle for recruits again, just like the old days. That said, Fickell has done a great job, esp under the circumstances. Next year, the Shoe’s on the other foot. Great stage.

    @wolverines28 – yes – strange decision, but I believe the ONLY reason the game was close was because of Fickell and his game plan. He knew he could exploit our D, and they did. Our corners were embarrassed all game long and Miller had ALL DAY to evaluate the field.
    As Coaches Hoke and Mattison know, our D is FAR from where it needs to be.

    @brownstown… what? No more counting posts? Hello….tap tap tap… hello… are you out there?

  13. hboilers24 says: Nov 26, 2011 5:08 PM

    I’m a Buckeye fan and that was a fun game to watch for sure. Miller had 2 for sure TD passes to posey but over threw both of them, could have been a different game.

    If the rumors are true and Meyer is going to be the next coach i sure hope Fickell is given a chance to stay on. the guy showed some hiccups as a first year head coach but made the best of a terrible situation and I love that he is a ohio guy.

    I knew Hoke would bring Michigan back up. glad to see this rivalry back at it again.
    O-H-I-O!

  14. Deb says: Nov 26, 2011 5:16 PM

    @polegojim …

    Really? RESPECT? Hope that makes the highlight reels or shows up on YouTube!

  15. polegojim says: Nov 26, 2011 5:18 PM

    @nickp – agreed on Hoke, do doubt. No other coach out there has put up such massive improvements, and esp on D. From a total Mess… to the BCS.

    @afreak – Disagree on that one. There were some great passes completed today, and Shoelace patience = 21 points passing

    However I agree that both of those QB’s are freaky on the run. I believe Miller has the potential to be better than Pryor.

  16. polegojim says: Nov 26, 2011 5:19 PM

    @Deb – sorry, j/k… but blasting in my head.

  17. glestonsimmons says: Nov 26, 2011 5:40 PM

    Pompous and pompous beat pompous and stupid today while E. Gordon Gee was talking to his little sister at a salmon bake. I mean, THE salmon bake.

  18. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Nov 26, 2011 5:41 PM

    @ Deb

    More proof that only mediocre coaches beg for 2-3 yrs to turn a program around. When the good ones just do it the next year.

  19. larryed says: Nov 26, 2011 6:11 PM

    Oh how I hate Ohio State! Go Blue!

  20. dkhhuey says: Nov 26, 2011 6:13 PM

    @pole – Fickell did a great job given what was handed to him. He handled it with class and with guts! I hope Urban keeps him on the staff because at 38 – he has a very bright coaching future! Rumor has it the announcement will come tomorrow! Let the recruiting wars begin!!!

  21. Deb says: Nov 26, 2011 6:51 PM

    @polegojim …

    ROFL … that’s even better!!!

    @cfbfaninbadnfltown …

    I agree that good coaches shouldn’t need 2-3 years to make improvements. But they can’t necessarily get a team to 10-1 in a year. That depends on the quality of the recruits.

  22. jaggedmark says: Nov 26, 2011 7:00 PM

    And you can set that clock back to zero.

    No. We can set the clock back to 365, which is how many days it’s been since Ohio State has beaten Michigan!

  23. goblue714 says: Nov 26, 2011 7:10 PM

    Good thing MICHIGAN was better then floridas scout team in 2007. The spread offense will not work in the big 10 I don’t care who coaches it.

  24. dmcgrann says: Nov 26, 2011 7:21 PM

    My departed mother was an OSU alum, so I was pretty much raised to be an OSU fan.

    That said, it was a hell of a game. Mom wouldn’t have been too happy, but I’d like to think she would have enjoyed it.

    Good job, Blue. And, I second Deb’s comment, “Good things happen when RichRod goes away.”

    Coach Hoke deserves big time credit. He “gets it” in a way that RichRod never did. It’s even a pleasure listening to his interviews. It was an additional pleasure just soaking in the atmosphere.

  25. BrownsTown says: Nov 26, 2011 8:01 PM

    365…………. days ’til 11/24/12.

    One of eight is pretty respectable if I do say so myself.

  26. war71 says: Nov 26, 2011 8:11 PM

    Great rivalry. Great game. My team lost today…but college football won. Already looking forward to next year and the Urban Meyer brand of OSU football. Hat’s off to Michigan.

  27. cbass59 says: Nov 26, 2011 8:22 PM

    I just wish michigan could be great without help from Ohi0. Bo, Hoke, Woodson, and Desmond were all from Ohio. It’s a shame they can’t get that talent from their own state.

  28. goblue714 says: Nov 26, 2011 9:18 PM

    @cbass

    They’re smarter then the people that stay in ohio, just sayn No offense of course. Unlike ohio we have 2 major programs that recruit in our state. Talent gets spread thin here

  29. anyanka323 says: Nov 26, 2011 9:25 PM

    It was a wonderful win. Second in a row, if you count OSU vacating all of its wins from 2010.

    Wolverine fans have another reason to be pleased if Meyer comes to OSU – Michigan is 1-0 against Meyer. Hoke also has a great pitch for the recruit wavering between OSU and UM – I’ll be here to guide you through your Michigan experience but Meyer may quit to spent time with his family and make more money with ESPN.

    Looking forward to making it two in a row next year.

  30. Deb says: Nov 26, 2011 10:22 PM

    goblue714 says:

    Good thing MICHIGAN was better then floridas scout team in 2007. The spread offense will not work in the big 10 I don’t care who coaches it.
    ————————————————-
    Hey, I’m an SEC fan, and I agree with you. Hate the kind of spread offenses Florida ran under Meyer. Hope he doesn’t go in that direction at Ohio State! Florida’s converting to a pro-style offense.

  31. polegojim says: Nov 26, 2011 10:58 PM

    @Cbass – we get LOTS from Michigan. We’re also glad to interview top recruits from ANYWHERE in the country who believe in the Maize and Blue. They can birth them, but we grow them to be men.

    @brownstown – not bad, but winning 58 and still retaining the longest winning streak at 9 is even better. ; )

    I hope Urban arrives in Ohio quickly, but agree with Deb and hope he doesn’t try to pull a Rich Rodriguez.

  32. naniyara says: Nov 27, 2011 5:37 AM

    Really, Deb, and goblue???? You hate Urban’s spread offense? I guess you also hate his two National Championships? You probably also hate that last year TWO SPREAD OFFENSES made it to the BCS Championship game?

    And, if I can go back to Urban’s offense again, let me just remind you that in 2006 Florida’s spread offense ran over OSU in a championship game that was over by the 2nd quarter.

    Auburns spread offense ran over every single SEC defense last year to get to the BCS Championship game vs. an even more aggressive spread offense that ran over every single Pac-10 defense. If, after all this, you still think that the spread is dead……I feel for you. It must be difficult being stuck in Algebra I.

    Enjoy the LSU-Bama final this year. While they may be the 2 best teams in the nation, they are no way indicative of the best way to run an offense. If you think 9-6 games are awesome, then you probably stopped paying attention 20 years ago.

  33. harbourimages says: Nov 27, 2011 10:25 AM

    Urban Meyer has won everywhere he’s coached, from Bowling Green to Utah to Florida. While I disagree with “Herbie’s” contention that his coaching in the Big Ten will be like playing against “scout teams” (what a stupid comment), his spread offense WILL score lots of points. Our Rich Rod teams scored lots of points. Our problem was a lack of Defense. If Meyer combines his great offensive scheme with even an average OSU Defense he will win a ton of games there. As a Wolverine fan who nervously sat through that game yesterday, it is scary to think about what Meyer could do with Miller and the spread at OSU. Yeah, we beat his Florida team… once… but over the long haul he’s going to win a LOT of games for your Bucks. Wish he’d have gone to UCLA or Texas or somewhere where we didn’t have to play him every year. But Hoke’s not exactly chopped meat either. He’s also won wherever he’s been, and unlike Meyer, I don’t see Hoke caving in to pressure like Meyer did at Florida. So there is always that uncertainty looming over Meyer’s head. IF he stays at OSU it should be a good rivalry again, like in the Bo vs. Woody era. Love college football! GO BLUE!!!!!

  34. Deb says: Nov 27, 2011 2:55 PM

    @naniyara …

    First, honey, Urban didn’t invent the spread offense. So I don’t hate Urban’s spread offenses. I hate spread offenses. And Urban’s spread offense looked oooh sooo pretty when my Crimson Tide spread it all over the ground in the 2009 SEC Championship on the way to our 13th National Title.

    As an Alabama and a Pittsburgh Steelers diehard, I’m a lover of great defenses, smash-it-up-the-middle running, and pocket passers. A 9-6 game of defensive slobberknocking is almost heaven to me. Heaven would have been coming out with the win. But with 13 national titles and six Lombardis, my teams’ cupboards aren’t exactly bare. I grew up on Bear Bryant and Chuck Noll … and Woody Hayes. You think I’m impressed with Urban Meyer? Baby, he’d have to win another 11 titles just to move into a Tide neighborhood. LOL

  35. goblue714 says: Nov 27, 2011 4:34 PM

    I just don’t think week in week out urban’s spread offense will hold up in the big 10. That’s my opinion I might be wrong but thats how feel. Not that nebraska is the greatest team but I think they thought the big 10 was gonna be a cakewalk, they thought wrong.

  36. CBFAN says: Nov 28, 2011 1:48 PM

    As an OSU fan I am proud of the way our young kids played up north. As much as I hate to lose to Michigan it was a good game to watch and as I said last year, Michigan really needed to get better not only for this rivalry but also for the Big Ten. Nice to have this Game mean something again after years complete domininance by OSU.

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