Quick Hits: No. 4 Ohio State 26, No. 20 Michigan 21

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Ohio State won the latest battle in its war with Michigan. (US Presswire)

OHIO STATE WON: This was a sloppy game played between two very talented teams. Ohio State and Michigan combined for six turnovers, but the good news for Ohio State is that it was responsible for only two of them.

The Buckeyes managed 396 yards of offense on the day, but red zone struggles forced them to attempt five field goals (Drew Basil made four of them). The Buckeyes had only attempted six field goals over the entire season heading into this game.

Braxton Miller did not have his best day, throwing for only 189 yards and one touchdown with one fumble. Carlos Hyde led the Buckeyes offense with 146 yards rushing and a touchdown.

WHY OHIO STATE WON: It was a mixture of some questionable Michigan play-calling and good Ohio State defense. Michigan was held to only 279 yards of offense and turned the ball over four times. Ohio State did allow two big plays in a 75-yard touchdown reception by Roy Roundtree and a 67-yard touchdown run by Denard Robinson. But other than those two plays, Michigan couldn't do much on offense.

In fact, if you take away those two plays, Michigan only had 137 yards on its other 47 plays.

WHEN OHIO STATE WON: The Wolverines were trailing 26-21 with five minutes to play when Devin Gardner's pass was picked off by C.J. Barnett. The Buckeyes just ran out the clock from there.

WHAT OHIO STATE WON: There is no postseason for Ohio State. However, postseason or not, a 12-0 season is still a 12-0 season and the Buckeyes still have a chance to win a split national title.

WHAT MICHIGAN LOST: With Nebraska winning on Friday, the Wolverines had no chance to get to the Big Ten Championship game, but that doesn't mean a win over Ohio State would have meant any less. Instead, the Wolverines will have to settle for an 8-4 season and a New Year's Day bowl, which has to be a little disappointing following last year's Sugar Bowl win.

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