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Buckeyes Maul Michigan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - "The Game" is getting awfully one-sided.

Jordan Hall broke the game open with an 85-yard kickoff return

and No. 8 Ohio State's defense stymied high-powered Michigan 37-7

on Saturday, stretching the Buckeyes' mastery in "The Game" to

seven straight wins.

The Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1) picked up two celebration penalties

after touchdowns but had a lot to celebrate: A share of a

record-tying sixth Big Ten title and, most likely, a Bowl

Championship Series bowl berth.

Terrelle Pryor had two TD passes and Dan "Boom" Herron

finished with 175 yards on 22 carries.

It was another stumble for Michigan (7-5, 3-5) under coach Rich

Rodriguez, now 0-3 against the Buckeyes and just 15-21 overall with

the Wolverines.

Herron ran 98 yards for a score that was disallowed and

shortened to an 89-yard gain because of a holding penalty as he

neared the end zone.

Michigan's sterling quarterback, Denard Robinson, was hampered

by an injured left (non-throwing) hand. He played little more than

a half, running for 105 yards on 18 attempts and completing 8 of 18

passes for 87 yards. He came into the game second nationally in

total offense at 343 yards a game.

The crowd serenaded the Buckeyes with "We Don't Give A Damn For

the Whole State of Michigan" throughout the final quarter, long

after the outcome had been decided.

It was the second-most lopsided Ohio State victory in the series

since 1968, eclipsed only by a 42-7 win the last time the game was

played in Columbus in 2008. Over those last two Buckeyes home

games, they've outscored Michigan 79-14.

Ohio State players, dressed up in bright scarlet helmets and

shoes for the game, were twice flagged for forming an "O" with

their gloved hands while celebrating after touchdowns. The crowd of

105,491 booed lustily after each penalty.

The rest of the afternoon was mostly cheers.

Ohio State's defense - with backup cornerback Travis Howard

intercepting one pass and recovering two fumbles - controlled a

Michigan offense that came in averaging 37 points and 515 yards per

game. The Wolverines ended up with 351 yards - less than 100 in the

second half.

Pryor completed 18 of 27 passes for 220 yards with one

interception and flipped scoring strikes of 7 yards to Dane

Sanzenbacher and 33 yards to DeVier Posey. Up 24-7 at the half,

most of the drama was drained from the game as coach Jim Tressel

improved to 9-1 against the Buckeyes' archrivals.

The Buckeyes extended their record for consecutive wins in the

107-game series. By locking up a share of the Big Ten title, Ohio

State matched the record of six set by the Woody Hayes' Buckeyes

teams of 1972-77.

Herron's lengthy run - he burst through a hole at his own 2 and

raced untouched the rest of the way - was aided by a hold committed

by Sanzenbacher as Herron was approaching the end zone. Even at 89

yards, his run tied the record in 88-year-old Ohio Stadium,

matching Gene Fekete's mark in 1942 against Pittsburgh.

Michigan had drawn to 10-7 on Michael Shaw's 1-yard plunge after

Robinson had led an 80-yard march down the field. But then Hall's

return turned the momentum.

 

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