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.