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Live blog: Michigan vs. Ohio State

The Game has finally arrived. Michigan can erase a lot of misery this season with an upset victory over Ohio State. Can the Wolverines pull off the grand surprise? Follow all of the action here starting at noon with regular updates throughout the game by Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News.

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Michigan has made good on an Ohio State turnover and tied the game, 35-35, with just more than five minutes left in the game.

Ohio State’s productive tailback Carlos Hyde, had just gone over the 200-yard rushing mark when he fumbled at the Ohio State 41-yard line. Thomas Gordon forced the fumble and Desmond Morgan recovered for Michigan.

The Wolverines used 14 plays and had critical moments throughout the drive.

Quarterback Devin Gardner ran 14 yards to convert on the first third-down opportunity of the drive. On the next third down chance, Gardner found Jeremy Gallon for a 16-yard pass. Michigan went for it on fourth and two at the 4-yard line, and Gardner gained three yards for the first down.

Three plays later, Gardner found freshman tight end Jake Butt for a two-yard touchdown with 5:01 left.

 

Michigan has not made a habit of converting on third down late in the season.

But on third and seven, quarterback Devin Gardner, looking athletic as he avoided the rush, found Drew Dileo in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 11:15 left in the game.

Ohio State leads 35-28 after outscoring Michigan, 14-0, in the third quarter.

Michigan drove 83 yards on 11 plays for that score.

Ohio State entered the game allowing an average 333.4 yards of offense, but the Wolverines have 478 yards after a big first half that included 303 yards of offense.  The bulk of Michigan’s yards have come in the passing game with 339 yards.

The Buckeyes have 447 yards, including 314 rushing.

Ohio State’s lead has expanded to 35-21 after Braxton Miller’s 22-yard pass to tight end Jeff Heurman.

The game was tied, 21-21, at halftime, but the Buckeyes have scored twice in this quarter. The Buckeyes got the ball on a fumble by Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner and converted on that miscue.

Then Ohio State got the ball on downs at its 14-yard line after Michigan failed to convert on fourth down and two. Kicker Matt Wile, filling in for injured starter Brendan Gibbons, out for the game with injury, went out to attempt a 31-yard field goal, but Michigan coach Brady Hoke called time out.

The Wolverines opted to try to convert the fourth down but failed when Gardner, under pressure, threw incomplete to Drew Dileo.

 

Ohio State has taken its first lead of the game, converting a Michigan turnover early in the second half.

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner fumbled, and five plays later, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller scored on a three-yard run to give Ohio State the 28-21 lead.

Ohio State got a big-play boost during the drive from tailback Carlos Hyde, who ran 33 yards to the Michigan 3-yard line.

This one has been a shoot-out in the first half at Michigan Stadium.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller scored on a 21-yard run with just more than minute left in the second quarter to tie the game, 21-21.  He made Frank Clark and Willie Henry miss on the tackle. The Buckeyes drove 91 yards on seven plays for the secore.

The Buckeyes have 308 yards of offense, while Michigan has 303.

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is 11-of-14 for 238 yards and one touchdown to Jeremy Gallon. Gallon has been a big target for Gardner and has five catches for 137 yards, including a long reception of 84 yards.

Ohio State has rushed for 197 yards with tailback Carlos Hyde gaining 115 and Miller 82.

This has been a physical first half that included a fight and three ejections — OSU’s Dontre Wilson and Marcus Hall, who left the field not so nicely saluting the crowd as he exited, and Michigan’s Royce Jenkins-Stone.

 

This game is getting feisty.

Three players have been ejected for a fight after a kickoff in the second quarter after Michigan’s score. Gone are Ohio State’s Dontre Wilson and Marcus Hall, who left Michigan Stadium by flipping off the crowd. Michigan’s Royce Jenkins-Stone also was ejected.

Michigan leads 21-14, relying on its passing attack to take the lead early in the second quarter.

The Wolverines, which entered the game averaging 234 yards a game passing, now have 215 yards. Receiver Jeremy Gallon as 124 of those yards on four catches, including the 17-yarder he just caught for the touchdown.

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is 8-of-9 passing.

Blake Countess has intercepted OSU quarterback Braxton Miller who threw deep on third and 17.

Michigan’s offense scored on drives of 99 yards and 70 yards for touchdowns to take a 14-7 lead over Ohio State in the first quarter at Michigan Stadium. But Ohio State answered right back.

Fitz Toussaint has scored on a four-yard run to give the Wolverines their second score of the game and the lead. But Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has scored on a 53-yard touchdown run with 55 seconds left in the first quarter to tie the game, 14-14.

Michigan, which has struggled in recent weeks to move the ball, now has 169 yards, including 149 passing. Quarterback Devin Gardner is 5-of-6 for 149 yards, and receiver Jeremy Gallon has three catches for 107 yards.

Ohio State, which boasts one of the nation’s most prolific offenses, has 184 total yards.

 

Michigan and Ohio State have relied on big pass plays to tie the game, 7-7, in the first quarter of the annual rivalry game.

Ohio State scored on a 53-yard pass from Braxton Miller to Devin Smith for the tying score. Smith outran Michigan’s defensive back Josh Furman on the pass.

The Buckeyes now have 109 yards of total offense, while Michigan has 99. The Wolverines scored on their first possession of the game on a 1-yard run by quarterback Devin Gardner, but the key play was an 84-yard pass from Gardner to Jeremy Gallon.

The Buckeyes, ranked No. 3 nationally and riding a 23-game winning streak, has won eight of the last nine games against Michigan.

Michigan has taken a 7-0 lead over Ohio State in Michigan Stadium.

Quarterback Devin Gardner has scored on a one-yard run with 9:24 left in the first quarter. Michigan drove 99 yards on five plays, only the sixth time in Michigan history the Wolverines have scored on a 99-yard drive.

The key play was an 84-yard pass from Gardner to Jeremy Gallon to the 2-yard line. Gallon now has 1,202 yards, second in Michigan history in single-season receiving yards.

 

 Michigan has not been given much of a chance nationally to beat Ohio State today in the 110th meeting between the two rivals.

OhioState is ranked No. 3, on a 23-game winning streak and boasts a prolific offense that is averaging 530.9 yards a game, seventh best in the country. Michigan is 7-4 and has lost four of its last six games.

The Buckeyes have won eight of the last nine meetings in the rivalry.

This will be the final regular-season game for both teams, but OhioState, the Leaders Division winner, will face MichiganState, the Legends winner, next Saturday for the Big Ten title game.

Michigan players all week said they were not motivated by the possibility of snapping the OSU winning streak and running the Buckeyes’ season. They said this week, this game is about the Wolverines and finding a way to finish.

They will do that at home at Michigan Stadium, which about a half-hour before kickoff has a lot of scarlet and grey in the stands to root on Ohio Stadium. It has been the feeling here for the last few weeks that OSU fans will have a strong presence in the Big House, and that seems to be the case.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said this week he understood the expectations for OhioState fans purchasing a number of tickets for today’s game. The proximity of Columbus to Ann Arbor and the Buckeyes’ winning streak have created considerable interest in this game.

“We should expect to see more scarlet than we may otherwise see because of the dynamics of this game,” Brandon told The News. “I wouldn’t read too much in that. I still think it will be heavy duty maize and blue.”

Michigan is a heavy underdog heading into this game, but should the Wolverines lose, Brandon said coach Brady Hoke will not be in danger of losing job security.

“It’s not like we’re not competitive,” Brandon said. “It’s been a perfect storm of not playing well on offense and having close games that we couldn’t get over the hump, and that’s happening in a season when both of our major rivals (Michigan State and Ohio State) are having great seasons. I get that. We have four losses, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to turn everything upside down and give up on people and leadership.”

There is one personnel change for Michigan today. Kicker Brendan Gibbons suffered an undisclosed injury in practice today and will not play.