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Michigan ends losing streak against Ohio State, Jim Harbaugh finally takes victory in rivalry


Michigan’s ongoing attack led by Hassan Haskins and a valiant defensive effort led by Aidan Hutchinson helped the Wolverines end their eight-game losing streak against Ohio State’s No.2 on Saturday, 42-27.

The Wolverines dominated on floor the entire game.

Haskins ran for 169 yards on 28 carries and scored five touchdowns. Blake Corum had 87 rushing yards on six carries and AJ Henning had a 14 yard touchdown rush in the first half with his only run of the game.

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ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 27: Hassan Haskins # 25 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates with teammates after his touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second quarter at Michigan Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Cade McNamara was 13 for 19 with 159 passing yards and an interception. Roman Wilson had two catches for 55 yards, leading the Wolverines. Nine different Michigan players made catches.

Michigan’s defense, while allowing 27 points, got some considerable help from Hutchinson on the defensive line. He forced CJ Stroud to do a lot of his throws either while running or under duress.

Hutchinson had three sacks in the game. David Ojabo of Michigan was also sacked.

Michigan ends losing streak against Ohio State, Jim Harbaugh finally takes victory in rivalry

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 27: Aidan Hutchinson # 97 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a sack against the Ohio State Buckeyes with his teammates during the first quarter at Michigan Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Stroud was 34 for 49 with two touchdown passes. Jaxon Smith-Njigba led with 11 catches for 127 yards. Garrett Wilson had 10 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown. TreVeyon Henderson got the other touchdown catch.

Michigan ends losing streak against Ohio State, Jim Harbaugh finally takes victory in rivalry

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 27: Garrett Wilson # 5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates his touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines with teammate Chris Olave # 2 during the second quarter at Michigan Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Michigan ends losing streak against Ohio State, Jim Harbaugh finally takes victory in rivalry

Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud (7) throws a pass in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. On Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.
(AP Photo / Tony Ding)

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Michigan fell to 11-1 with the win and Ohio State fell to 10-2 and The Big House fans rushed onto the field to celebrate one of the biggest wins in recent memory.

Michigan ends losing streak against Ohio State, Jim Harbaugh finally takes victory in rivalry

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh yells from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Ohio State on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
(AP Photo / Carlos Osorio)

Jim Harbaugh was 0-5 against the Buckeyes since becoming Michigan head coach for Brady Hoke before the start of the 2015 season. The closest he’s ever been to Saturday’s win was a three-point loss in 2016. The Wolverines were ranked No.3 at the time and Ohio State was No.2.

Harbaugh could take it easy as the monkey is on his back when it comes to claiming he could never beat Ohio State.

Michigan entered the game with an eight-game losing streak against Ohio State. The Wolverines haven’t beaten Ohio State since 2011 and have won only one win against the Buckeyes since 2003.

A Michigan win bolsters their college football playoff resume and likely puts an end to any hopes the Buckeyes will make the bottom four.

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Michigan has never made the playoffs and barring a loss in the Big Ten Championship, the Wolverines could certainly see themselves competing to qualify for the national title game.


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