Saturday saw the Michigan Wolverines (#5 CFP, #6 AP) pull off a 42-27 home win against the Ohio State Buckeyes (#2 in both polls). The Wolverines particularly shone on the ground, with Hassan Haskins (seen above in the first half) rushing 28 times for 169 yards and five touchdowns and Blake Corum adding 87 more rushing yards on six carries. And they dominated the first three quarters, leading 28-13 heading into the fourth.
This marked Michigan’s first win over Ohio State since a 40-34 win in 2011 (also at home), and that one broke its own seven-game streak of Ohio State wins, so this rivalry has favored the Buckeyes a lot recently (although Michigan leads the all-time series 59-51-6); this also marked the first win in this series as head coach for Wolverines’ head coach Jim Harbaugh, who has held that role since December 2014. And the result here led to a lot of notable reactions, both in the stadium and around the college football world:
The Michigan coaches are running from the press box to the elevators and yelling "LET'S FUCKING GO"
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) November 27, 2021
HISTORY IN ANN ARBOR!
Here's what Michigan's win did …
➡️ Ended 8-game losing streak to Ohio State
➡️ Ended Buckeyes' 29-game win streak against the Big Ten
➡️ Ended Buckeyes' 21-game win streak against ranked Big Ten teams
➡️ First Big Ten team to ever beat Ryan Day pic.twitter.com/Mf4ucbgGmt
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) November 27, 2021
The last time Michigan beat Ohio State, Denard Robinson was on the team. The second-to-last time Michigan beat Ohio State, *Braylon Edwards* was on the team.
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) November 27, 2021
Last year Texas went 7-3, their biggest regulation loss coming by 3 pts. They fired Herman and went 5-7.
Last year Michigan went 2-5. They retained Harbaugh and are 11-1 with CFP hopes.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 27, 2021
Every damn Michigan fan I haven’t heard from in 9 years pic.twitter.com/tsQm1EDMjJ
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) November 27, 2021
Michigan preseason AP Poll rankings:
This year: unranked
After L after L against OSU, this was the year people were finally convinced that Michigan wasn't worth believing in.
But THIS was the team which was good enough to do it
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) November 27, 2021
That’s quite the remarkable win for Michigan, and an amazing turnaround from how this game has often gone lately.
[Photo from Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports]