Michigan came out swinging on the first drive capped by a touchdown from Cali native Giles Jackson On a misdirection end around for a 15yard score the right side line. The Wolverine kicker Quinn Nordic missed the extra point keeping The lead at 6.
Ohio States first drive started off kinda rough with Justin Fields being chased and not being able to be accurate. A fumble but very lucky bounce recovery by JK Dobbins that went for 40 yards. After that the Michigan defense was relentless getting to quarterback Justin Fields on a 3rd 24 he passed a dump down to Dobbins that went for a first down. Which was followed up by a lead left for Dobbins resulting in a 5 yard TD run, both teams scored on their opening drives.
Michigan settled out on their second position giving O State the ball back after a quick 3 & out.. Fields second possession wasn’t to hot either giving the ball back to the Wolverines not being able to connect with any of his targets.
JK Dobbins was the bright spot of the first quarter until Heisman Trophy candidate Justin Fields threw a 57 yard bomb to Chris Olave his 11th of the season leading the Big Ten conference. Putting the Buckeyes up 14-6 with 1:27 left in the first quarter. Michigan responded with a play action pass to McCleon for 41 yards to the Ohio State 25. setting up a Shae Patterson TD to Donovan Peoples-Jones to make it 14-13 To end the quarter. With Ohio States J.K Dobbins running 9 times for 74 yards and Michigan quarterback Shae Patterson going 8-11 for 127 yards.
Ohio State got into Michigans red zone with a a 41 yard pass completion to Garrett Wilson getting to the Michigan 12 yard line. Capped off by another TK Dobbins TD on a stretch run to the right with a huge hole produced by the offensive line..
Michigan tried to answer driving the ball down to the Ohio State 20 but fumbled on miss snap recovered by Ohio State giving them a chance to go up by 2 scores. Ohio State wasn’t able to move the ball electing to punt on 4th & 4 when Michigan made another mistake by going offsides. Which allowed Fields to hook up with Garret Wilson for 47 yards inside the Michigan 5 yard line making way for yet another JK Dobbins TD run making it 3 for the first half. Ohio State had 11 plays for 20 yards or more already at this point.
Coming out the half J.K had 147 yards rushing and 49 receiving and keep feeding him. They ended the drive with a TD pass to KJ Hill. In complete control Fields leg was rolled up on, and he was taken off the field. Being replaced by Chris Chugunov the offense didn’t falter. Master Teague replaced Dobbins for a possession and ran hard as usual. After about 5 plays Fields returned and immediately throws a 30 yard bomb to Garrett Wilson the freshman receiver with 118 yard & a TD. Michigan responded with a TD and 2 point conversion to bring it within 15 going into the 4th. Ohio State was not to be outdone driving back down the field behind the arm of Heisman candidate Justin Fields throwing a da dart on a slot route while taking a hit to Austin Mack taking the lead to 49-27.
The game being out of hand throughout the second half was capped off by J.K Dobbins 4th touchdown of the afternoon on a 33 yard scamper. JK ended the game with 4 TDs running 21 times for 211 yards averaging 6.8 a carry. Justin Fields ended the afternoon going 14/25 for 302 yards and 4 TDs as well. The game wasn't a disappointment from a Buckeye perspective it's exactly what was expected Michigan did what they could, but the talent gap was on full display.
Can Michigan ever return to dominance? The question remains unanswered but we all know what goes around comes around so the question is when, and we are sure that's on every die hard Michigan's mind at this point.