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Plenty of fight left in Wolverines as UM, OSU tied at the half

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Ohio State came into The Game with Michigan knowing it would be in for a fight as it looked to extend it’s nation’s best winning streak and remain in BCS title contention.  And a fight is exactly what the Buckeyes have gotten… literally.

Through two quarters of play, the Buckeyes and Wolverines combined for 611 yards of total offense — 308 for the former, 303 for the latter — as the bitter rivals entered halftime locked in a 21-all tie.

Braxton Miller was responsible for all three of OSU’s scores, passing for one and rushing for two more.  The junior nearly hit the century mark in the first half with 82 yards rushing; teammate and leading rusher Carlos Hyde did top the century mark (115 yards on 15 carries), his second straight game with 100-plus yards.

On the other side, Devin Gardner — and a tremendous game plan from embattled coordinator Al Borges — has consistently torched a Buckeyes’ defense that has spent most of the first two quarters looking dazed and confused.  Gardner passed for 238 yards on just 11 completions.  He accounted for two of UM’s three first-half touchdowns.

The highlight of the first half, though, didn’t involve any type of offensive fireworks.

Marcus Hall The BirdEarly in the second quarter and at the end of a kick return, a fight that seemingly involved the entire populations of the states of Michigan and Ohio broke out.  Punches were thrown, helmets were ripped off as the melee seemed to last for close to a minute.  While there were offsetting penalties, the Buckeyes got the worst of it on the flag end as starting offensive lineman Marcus Hall and dynamic playmaker Dontre Wilson were ejected for throwing punches.  A reserve linebacker was the only Wolverine given the boot following the fracas.

Hall’s departure did provide a PG-13 moment as the ESPN cameras caught the lineman delivering a two-handed, single-finger salute as he headed into the tunnel.

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17 Responses to “Plenty of fight left in Wolverines as UM, OSU tied at the half”
  1. bucrightoff says: Nov 30, 2013 1:57 PM

    Urban Meyer’s players have no class?

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  2. cwk22 says: Nov 30, 2013 2:02 PM

    Typical Ohio team.

  3. chinahand11 says: Nov 30, 2013 2:05 PM

    As a NON OSU or UM fan, this is a pretty good game at the half. Rivalry games, you can never tell what will happen. A near riot, tied at the half, teams seem to dislike each other from the get go, smash mouth college football. Yeah.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Nov 30, 2013 2:12 PM

    Stay classy tOSU. What a bunch of jerks. Just another symptom of poor coaching.

  5. classyjacklambert says: Nov 30, 2013 2:24 PM

    OSU really does not look like a good team.

  6. ljl2 says: Nov 30, 2013 2:33 PM

    I’m confused if some folks actually watched this play. 7 UM players attacked 1 OSU player and ripped his helmet off and shoved him around while officials just stood there. Of course, the kid threw a punch at the end of the play. But don’t get ignoring all of the stuff that led up to it?

  7. bucrightoff says: Nov 30, 2013 2:41 PM

    The Michigan player who ripped the helmet off got tossed. The two Ohio State players who threw (and landed) punches were tossed. Seems about right…

  8. Walk says: Nov 30, 2013 2:55 PM

    Perhaps halls birds will be nominated for a presidential pardon next thanksgiving.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 30, 2013 3:12 PM

    michigan proved their lack of class and low character with their attempted gang rape of Dontre Wilson.

  10. sinnermike says: Nov 30, 2013 3:24 PM

    These 2 teams believe that defense is a disease and tackling spreads the disease. I don’t know that I have ever seen so many missed tackles, arm tackles and super wide-open receivers. OSU should get crushed against a good team in the bowl game.

  11. ohioteamsusuallysuck says: Nov 30, 2013 3:26 PM

    Osu run game unstoppable. Bring on bama or fsu. Urban Meyer coach of the millennium

  12. BrownsTown says: Nov 30, 2013 3:40 PM

    Meyer’s ex-girlfriends are still out in full force. I guess time doesn’t heal all wounds after all.

  13. infrno says: Nov 30, 2013 3:44 PM

    Lol to you osu fans. This team wouldn’t be .500 in any decent conference. “Bring on Bama or fsu”. Lol. Either of those teams would absolutely destroy that pathetic excuse for a defense.

  14. BrownsTown says: Nov 30, 2013 3:45 PM

    ^^^^ [fan of a crappy SEC team]^^^^

  15. realfootballfan says: Nov 30, 2013 3:45 PM

    Brady Hoak went for two? What was he thinking?

  16. BrownsTown says: Nov 30, 2013 3:46 PM

    That he wanted to get to the post-game buffet ASAP.

  17. infrno says: Nov 30, 2013 4:09 PM

    Hey I hope Bama loses and you get a chance to get embarassed by FSU. But I’m sorry, you give up 40+ points and 600+ yards to a terrible team and you’re really gonna talk trash? That’s why you will not play for a title. You wouldn’t be .500 in any decent conference.

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