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>>caption: OSU's COLEMAN (#4) STEPS
IN FRONT OF UM's MATTHEWS (#13) FOR
ONE OF SIX WOLVERINE TURNOVERS<<
@ MICHIGAN STADIUM:
Ohio State scored a school record sixth
consecutive victory vs Michigan Saturday
While Ohio State was good, the game was
literally handed to them by Michigan QBack
Freshman Forcier threw a career-high four
interceptions in this annual season-ending
rivalry game. However, it was Forcier's first
turnover which was the most costly. Forcier's
unforced fumble in his own end zone was
recovered by OSU's Cameron Heyward for a
Buckeye touchdown just 4:16 into the game. With the extra point Ohio State led
7-0 and never relinquished control.
Michigan crept within 7-3 on a Jason Olesnavage 46-yard field goal midway
through the 2nd-Qtr.
Ohio State made it 14-3 with 5:22 to play in the opening half when Brandon
Saine rushed 29-yards untouched out of a misaligned formation for a touchdown.
Forcier managed to complete one key pass to his own team for an 18-yard
touchdown to Vincent Smith 4:55 into the 3rd-Qtr. For a second time Michigan
moved within 4-P at 14-10.
Ohio State QBack Terrelle Pryor matched that effort with a clinching touchdown
screen pass to Daniel Herron with 4:46 to go in the 3rd-Qtr.
The last two Forcier INTs doomed any Michigan comeback bid in the scoreless
4th-Qtr. Forcier was picked-off on UM's first two possessions of the final frame.
Denard Robinson then replaced Forcier and he too was intercepted on his first series
for three UM turnovers in the 4th-Qtr.
Forcier did move Michigan between the 20s, going 23-for-38 for 226-yards, but
two of his INTs came in the red zone and as a team UM rushed 31 times for only
Pryor was just 9-of-17 in the air for 67-yards and one interception (on a deflection),
but didn't have to pass much because OSU carried 53 times for 251-yards on the ground.
Herron rushed 19 times for 96-yards, Saine had a dozen runs for 84-yards and Pryor
kept it to himself on 19 occasions for 74-yards.
Kurt Coleman had two of the OSU interceptions.
Buckeye coach Jim Tressell improved to 8-1 vs the Wolverines and OSU clinched
the Big Ten Title outright, their fifth straight conference football championship.
Rose Bowl bound Ohio State is now 10-2 including 7-1 in the Big Ten.
Michigan's season ended at 5-7 including 1-7 in the conference. After a 4-0 start
the Wolverines had an 0-5 finish. Michigan failed to become bowl eligible for a
second straight year, suffered its first losing back-to-back seasons since 1962-63
and Rich Rodriguez became the first ever Wolverine coach to lose his first two tilts
vs Ohio State.
UM H-COACH RICH RODRIGUEZ: "I'm tired of being humbled."
UM QB TATE FORCIER (via text message): "I lost that game...I'm not going to let
this happen again."
OSU H-COACH JIM TRESELL: "Turnovers and rushing game are always going to be
the key to this game."
OSU QB TERRELL PRYOR: "They couldn't stop the run...[Pryor's TD pass] was a
momentum-changer. We needed that touchdown or maybe Tate Forcier would've
taken them right back down the field again."
OSU DB KURT COLEMAN: "This is what you dream of. I'm able to say I left a
lasting legacy against Michigan."
@ SPARTAN STADIUM:
A 28-point 3rd-Qtr carried Penn State past Michigan State Saturday.
The contest was tied 7-all at halftime when MSU QBack Kirk Cousins hit T-End
Charlie Gantt for a diving catch of an 11-yard touchdown pass 45-sec prior to
intermission. However, the Nittany Lions got a gimmick play touchdown pass from
WR Curtis Drake and then three more from QBack Daryll Clark in a 3rd-Qtr where
Cousins threw two interceptions.
In all, Clark completed 19-of-27 passes for 310-yards and four touchdowns. Clark
set N-Lions records with 23 TD passes in a season and 42 in a career.
Andrew Quarless and Graham Zug each caught two PSU TDs. RBack Evan Royster
kept the Spartan defense guessing with 13 carries for 114-yards.
After Joe Paterno's charges ran the score to 42-7 and back-ups on both sides
entered late, State's Keith Nichol took over for Cousins and connected with Keyshawn
Martin on a 71-yard touchdown pass with only 1:44 to play.
Regular season play ended with Penn State at 10-2 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten.
The Lions earned back-to-back 10 win seasons for the first time since 1993-94 and
finished 4-0 in Big Ten road games for the first time ever.
By dropping three of their last five Michigan State concluded even at 6-6 and 4-4.
MSU H-COACH MARK DANTONIO: "Right now what we have to do is regroup and
understand that we are going to have the opportunity to go play in a bowl game,
which is a positive."
MSU QB KIRK COUSINS: "Obviously, we're disappointed. We worked very hard and
expected to come out and play well. In the second half, we didn't do that."
MSU WR BLAIR WHITE: "I really have no answers for you. I felt like we had
intensity in the game. We were 7-7 at halftime. I'm not sure what happened...
6-6 doesn't show it, but the players we have are good players and the character
gets better and better every year."
MSU S DANNY FORTENER: "A lot of guys were sad after the game and I said,
'We still have another game.'"
Grand Valley raced to a 37-0 halftime lead before ousting GLIAC rival Hillsdale
44-27 from the NCAA-D2 football playoffs Saturday afternoon. The Lakers reached
the Super Region 3 title game for a ninth consecutive year.
Brad Iciek threw three Grand Valley touchdown passes, two of them to Greg Gay.
Lakers RBack James Berezik had one of the two rushing touchdowns for Grand Valley
and the junior became the school's all-time leading rusher on his second carry. With
69-yards in the game Berezik now has 3,577 in his career.
Vinnie Panizzi scored three times for the Chargers (extending his school record to
54 career TDs) on a 1-yard run and via two touchdown receptions. QBack Troy
Weatherhead threw three Hillsdale TD passes and set a school record with 36
completions in a game.
GVSU is 11-1 and Hillsdale finished 10-3. The Chargers handed Grand Valley its
only regular season loss.
The Lakers visit Minnesota-Duluth next weekend.
GVSU H-COACH CHUCK MARTIN: "We were able to jump on them early and our
defense did a great job of making plays and giving the ball back to our offense."
Toledo 47, EASTERN MICHIGA 21 (Friday).
CENTRAL MICHIGAN 35, Ball State 3 (Thursday).
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