ANN ARBOR, Michigan -- #12 Michigan Wolverines ended their regular season football play in a devastating loss to #8 Ohio State, 42-13. The season record (9-3). This takes the all time series record to 58-48-6 against Ohio State.
This ended Michigan's opportunity to participate in the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis. Michigan State (Big Ten East Champ) will play the Iowa Hawkeyes (Big Ten West Champ) December 5, 2015.
Michigan was outplayed on Offense and Defense.
OSU put up 482 (369 rushing, 113 passing) total yards to Michigan's 364 (57 yards rushing, 307 passing).
Jake Rudock now has four consecutive games with more than 250 yards passing, he completed 19 of 32 passes for 263 against the Buckeyes. Rudock is the sixth Wolverine QB to achieve this record. He has moved to fifth place in Michigan's all-time single-season leaders with 2739 passing yards this season.
Chesson led the receiving with 111 yards and the only TD from a 5 yard pass in the second quarter, his second 100-yard receiving game of the season.
Additional passing yards were received by Butt 54, Darboh 68 Smith 31, Peppers 25, Johnson 13 and Grant 5.
Jake Butt has caught at least one pass in 15 straight games and in 23 of his last 26 games. He moves to third in Michigan's all time season receiving yards by a tight end.
Second half analysis by Jake Butt, "We just didn't execute. We only had the ball once or twice in the third quarter. In a game like this you've got to be able to run the ball and play defense. We weren't running the ball very well, we weren't getting stops on defense... it hurts."
The rushing game, on the other hand, was pretty bleak.
Peppers led the rushing game with 30 yards on 7 carries. Smith had 10 carries for 23, Houma 3 for 12, Johnson 1 for 1 and Rudock for a net -8.
Senior Kenny Allen contributed with 2 field goals, 25 and 27 yards in the second and fourth quarters.
Michigan only converted 9 of 18 third downs and 1 of 3 fourth downs.
When referring to the losses to Michigan State and Ohio State, Amara Darboh stated, "We went into both of those games planning to win, but we didn't execute."
Michigan's Defense allowed Ohio State to rack up 376 yards rushing, spread among 4 players, led by Ezekiel Elliott with 216 yards on 30 carries.
In simple review, Coach Harbaugh said, "We didn't stop the run well enough... we're not making any excuses, wWe didn't win the game. We will regroup."
Elliott was followed by JT Barrett with 141, Curtis Samuel 11 and Braxton Miller with 8.
Jourdan Lewis earned his first career sack for a two yard loss in the first quarter on Elliott.
The team put up 42 solo tackles and 30 assists. Tackles were led by Joe Bolden, followed by Ben Gedeon and Chris Wormley.
Reflection by Wormley acknowledged that, “We couldn’t make tackles, especially on No. 15... You can't allow just one person to make the tackle.”
OSU was 7 for 13 on third down conversion and 1 for 2 on fourth down conversions.
“I’m very proud of the team the way they’ve worked and the way they’ve progressed,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve closed a lot of ground. More ground to make up, but knowing our team, we will keep working hard.”
OTHER GAME NOTES:
Prior to the game the 4th and 5th year Seniors and their families were recognized.
The Michigan football family also took time for a moment of silence in honor of our fallen Wolverine, Chad Carr. The story of Chad's battle was told during ESPN Game Day's pregame show following a visit to his home last week before his passing.
Michigan also honored the families of players whose numbers have been retired. Gerald Ford, The Wistert Brothers, Desmond Howard, Tom Harmon, Bennie Oosterbaan and Ron Kramer.
Michigan's post season opportunity will be revealed in the December 6 bowl game selection show.