Ohio State Vs. Michigan: Buckeyes Lose 40-34 To Wolverines For First Time Since 2003

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Braxton Miller Named Big Ten Freshman Of The Week

After losing to Michigan for the first time since 2003 the Ohio State Buckeyes are looking for positives. Ohio State finished 6-6 for the first time since 1999, but quarterback Braxton MIller is starting to show that he will be a player to build around in the future. Miller was named the Big Ten's Freshman of the Week after his solif performance against the Wolverines:

Freshman of the Week

Braxton Miller, Ohio State

QB, Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne

·         Recorded career-highs in total offense (335 yards), completions (14) and passing yards (235) against Michigan

·         Ran for 100 yards with a touchdown on 16 carries, while completing 14 of 25 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns

·         Claims his second Freshman of the Week honor

·         Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Ryan Shazier (Nov. 21 2011)

Miller could be named the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year later this week.

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Ohio State Vs. Michigan Final Score: Buckeyes Lose 'The Game' 40-34, First Time Since 2003

The Ohio State Buckeyes entered the fourth quarter of "The Game" against the Michigan Wolverines trailing 30-24, but they were set up with excellent field position after a fumbled snap on fourth down cost the Wolverines big time. Ohio State had received the ball in Michigan territory, and took it all the way to the five yard line with a Braxton Miller rush. Unfortunately, they weren't able to capitalize as they wanted to at the beginning of the fourth, as three straight rushing attempts ultimately resulted in a gain of just one yard, but the Drew Basil field goal was ultimately good, shortening the gap to 30-27.

Michigan wouldn't roll over though, and a Denard Robinson completion to Junior Hemingway for 19 yards would spark another scoring drive for the Wolverines. Robinson would go on to hit Kevin Koger for four yards and a touchdown, giving Michigan a 37-27 lead with half of the fourth quarter gone. If you blinked, you missed the Buckeyes take a short amount of time to go from their own 20 yard line to a touchdown. Miller completed passes of 36 yards, 16 yards and 20 yards. A late hit penalty put Ohio State at the four yard line, and Dan Herron was able to run it in, bringing the Buckeyes back within three at 37-34.

Again, the Wolverines wouldn't give up, and launched a drive from their own 20 yard line that took them across the field. Fitzgerald Toussaint had a rush over 20 yards, and Robinson had rushes of 11 and 14 yards. Set up at 2nd and goal at the Ohio State five, Robinson rushed and appeared to score a five yard touchdown, but further review showed that his knee came down less than a second before the ball crossed the plane, so they set up at third down. Robinson faked a handoff and rolled out to the right side, and made it into the endzone for a touchdown, but there was a flag on the field and it's called back. Michigan gets called for holding and another penalty when a Michigan player grabbed a facemask - the penalties stacked and the Wolverines had a 3rd and goal back at the 25 yard line.

The third down pass sailed high, and Michigan came out to try the field goal, and they were successful, so they took a 40-34 lead with the Buckeyes needing a touchdown to win it, with 1:59 left on the clock. The Buckeyes took over, and after an incomplete pass and a short yardage run, Miller took a snap from the I-formation on 3rd and six. Miller dropped back and threw deep - he had a man wide open, a guaranteed touchdown, and overthrew him by five yards. It cost Ohio State the game, even though they managed a first down on the next play. Miller's pass on the following fourth down was intercepted, and Michigan killed the clock to win 40-34.

This marks the first time since 2003 that the Buckeyes lost "The Game" against the Wolverines. Ohio State passed for more yardage, at 235 against Michigan's 167, but the Wolverines managed almost 300 yards on the ground to Ohio State's 137. Both teams turned the ball over, but Robinson didn't have any big play interceptions, and that gives Michigan a 10-2 record on the season.

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Ohio State Vs. Michigan Score Update: Buckeyes Trail 30-24 Heading Into Fourth

With a 24-23 lead coming out of halftime, the Ohio State Buckeyes kicked off to start, and the Michigan Wolverines began a huge drive. Fitzgerald Toussaint started it off with an eight yard run, and then Michigan slowly moved their way downfield, eventually picking up 26 yards when Denard Robinson hit Kevin Koger, taking the ball to the Ohio State 19 yard line. After Robinson was sacked for a loss of eight yards on third down, he fumbled once again, but it was recovered by Martavious Odoms. Seemingly to pay Odoms back, Robinson hit him for a 20 yard touchdown pass, and Michigan was back on top once again, leading 30-24.

Ohio State started to get another drive together, with a big completion to Corey Brown for 22 yards, but eventually stalled out at the Michigan 36 and did not elect to go for the long field goal, punting and stopping the Wolverines at the nine yard line. It proved to be effective, and the Michigan drive would end in turmoil, as Michigan fumbled the ball back to their own 32 yard line while going for it on fourth down.

Ohio State took over at the Michigan 32, and a Braxton Miller rush on 2nd down took the ball to the Michigan five as the quarter came to an end. 

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Ohio State Vs. Michigan Score Update: Buckeyes Take Over 'The Game', Lead 24-23 At Half

Trailing in "The Game", the Ohio State Buckeyes started the second quarter off well, receiving a punt and beginning their drive at the 30 yard line. After an incomplete pass to Jordan Hall, Braxton Miller rushed for 24 yards into Michigan territory. After a couple more short plays, Dan Herron was blown up for a loss of two yards, holding the ball for less than a second after the handoff. On third and seven, Miller went deep to DeVier Posey off of play action to the endzone, but it was brutally overthrown and the Buckeyes were forced to settle for a field goal.

Drew Basil came out and drilled the 45 yard attempt, bringing the game to 16-10, with the Buckeyes trailing. Michigan took back over, and after a couple rushes, Denard Robinson coughed up yet another fumble, this one being recovered by Ohio State's Travis Howard, setting the Buckeyes up with great field position.

Braxton Miller took advantage of it, eventually going for a beautiful quarterback run up the left side, breaking one tackle and scoring on a 19 yard touchdown. The extra point put the Buckeyes back on top 17-16 halfway through the second quarter. Michigan took back over, and immediately started driving. Robinson scampered for 10 yards, and that was immediately followed by a gashing run by Fitzgerald Toussaint, for 46 yards into the Ohio State red zone. After a five yard completion to Martavious Odoms that was reviewed, but confirmed, the Wolverines set up for a first and goal at the OSU six yard line. After a rush for no gain fron Toussaint, Robinson went right up the middle untouched for six yards and a touchdown, taking the lead back 23-17 following the extra point.

The Buckeyes responded with another scoring drive. With the clock running out, Braxton Miller went deep again, to DeVier Posey on a play very similar to the bad overthrow early in the game, but this time hit him for a 43 yard touchdown. The half came to an end with Ohio State leading 24-23.

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Ohio State Vs. Michigan Score Update: Buckeyes Trail 16-7 After One In 'The Game'

For the Ohio State Buckeyes, getting out to an early lead over the Michigan Wolverines has been a must. They've won every meeting between the two teams since 2003, and the best way to reinforce that stat is to grab the lead early. So they did - on their opening possession, Braxton Miller completed a 54 yard touchdown pass to Corey Brown, and after a Drew Basil extra point, they had a 7-0 lead.

Michigan wouldn't be deterred, however; answering back with a 41 yard touchdown rush by quarterback Denard Robinson. That tied the game, and gave the ball back to Ohio State. It probably would have been better for them if they just didn't accept it, though. After an incomplete pass to start the drive, Zach Boren was called for holding, Jack Mewhort was called for a five yard false start and after a loss of two yards on a rushing attempt, Mike Adams was called for holding and the result of that was, you guessed it, a safety. So the Buckeyes gave up the lead, trailing 9-2.

It was the first time the Buckeyes had trailed the Wolverines since Nov. 17, 2007. After getting the ball back to Michigan following the safety, Ohio State faced more woes, as Michigan took eight plays to march down the field and eventually complete a Robinson pass to Junior Hemingway for a 26 yard touchdown.

The Buckeyes were forced to punt on the next drive, and Michigan took over as the first quarter came to an end.

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Ohio State Vs. Michigan Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Michigan hasn't beaten Ohio State since 2003, and "The Game" this Saturday afternoon presents the Wolverines with what's likely to be their best opportunity to come away with a victory for the first time in the last eight tries. 

The Wolverines, under first-year head coach Brady Hoke, will be eyeing their 10th win of the season. The Buckeyes on the other hand will be seeking just their 7th win after controversy turned their program upside down. While rumors of Urban Meyer coming to save the day are roaming rampant, it won't play any part in this year's game. 

Here's all the information you'll need to know going into one of college football's best rivalry games: 

Game date, time: 12:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, Nov. 26

Location: Michigan Stadium; Ann Arbor, MI

TV channel: ABC

Spread: Michigan favored by 7.5

Series history: Wolverines lead, 57-44-6

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Maize n Brew for the Wolverines and Along The Olentangy for the Buckeyes. Here’s the complete Week 13 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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