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Michigan physically, strategically outclasses Ohio State to stay atop Big Ten as Buckeyes seek answers

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The ass-kicking of the home team on its hallowed ground Saturday at Ohio Stadium was so complete Michigan running back Donovan Edwards had options. At the end of a thrashing of his team’s biggest rival not seen in Columbus for almost 30 years, the Wolverines’ sophomore was asked what it was like to see nothing but daylight on his long touchdown runs in a rivalry that has been typically decided by inches, not yards.

“Which one?” Edwards asked.

Which one, indeed. In the final 7:11 of No. 3 Michigan’s epic 45-23 win over No. 2 Ohio State, Edwards broke away for touchdown runs of 75 and 85 yards. Altogether, Edwards ran for 174 of his career-high 216 yards in the fourth quarter.

That was the point where it all changed for both sides. The downtrodden Wolverines now own back-to-back wins over their hated rival for the first time in 22 years. They’re the ones on the rocket ride to a College Football Playoff spot. They’re the ones able to talk all kinds of junk.

“I was going to start taunting, but I stayed down,” wide receiver Cornelius Johnson said after a pair of long touchdown catches that left a shredded Buckeye secondary literally grasping for air. 

“Who wouldn’t want to be the villain?” said Michigan linebacker Michael Barrett, who was practically dancing off the field.

Meanwhile, it’s hard to believe the C.J. Stroud era will pass without the Heisman Trophy favorite going into Saturday not winning so much as the Big Ten East as Ohio State’s starter.

Buckeyes coach Ryan Day has lost two Big Ten games in his four-year career. Both of them have been to Jim Harbaugh in the last 12 months.

“It feels great to sing ‘[Hail To The] Victors’ in Columbus,” said Harbaugh with so much relish all the statement needed was…


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Author : Dennis Dodd

Publish date : 2022-11-27 00:56:27

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