Michigan-Ohio State – Live updates

Nothing less than a berth in the Big Ten championship game and a shot in the college football playoffs are at stake when the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines meets the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes.

An integral part of Rivalry Week, The Game is as historic as High Stakes. Michigan holds the all-time lead in wins over its rival.

They are meeting as unbeaten teams for the first time since 2006, and this is only the fourth time since 1900 that unbeaten teams have met 11-0 or better.

Here are Saturday’s scenes, moments and top games at The Horseshoe:

Get tricky and build a lead

Michigan assembled a 15-game drive that ate 7:51 into the game. The Wolverines got tricky when Kalel Mullings completed a jump pass to Luke Schoonmaker for a first down. Then McCarthy and Donovan Edwards finished the ride.

Another big game for Michigan

Another drive and another long ball. This was a 45-yard score from McCarthy to Colston Loveland.

Bring back from the first half

Ohio State’s running back rotation has been a story all season due to injuries, and it took a new turn on Saturday. Miyan Williams started while TreVeyon Henderson sat, but Chip Trayanum, a converted linebacker with a carry entering the Michigan game, emerged as the team’s next ball-carrying option.

Trayanum led all rushers in the first half with 64 yards on eight carries, including a 24-yard dash to set up an Ohio State field goal. The Akron, Ohio product was an ESPN 300 recruit playing Arizona State running back and logging 127 carries for 692 yards and 10 touchdowns. But he was mainly used to defend the Buckeyes and recorded 12 tackles on Saturday. Early in the pre-game warm-up, Trayanum performed some drills right behind Williams.

Freshman Dallan Hayden, who had elevated Ohio State with 248 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the last two games, had just one carry for 5 yards in the first half. Ohio State ended the halftime with Trayanum, not Williams or Hayden, as their featured rusher. The Buckeyes also fielded wide receiver Xavier Johnson in the backfield, and the senior had an 18-yard gain on an end-around.

Coaches often save up for big games, and Ohio State had waited for the right time to unleash the 230-pound Trayanum. He’s an upset from an intriguing first half at Ohio Stadium. – Adam Rittenberg

With just over five minutes into the second quarter, Michigan was down to 1 rushing yard and ended the first half with just 10 yards down. The Wolverines averaged 243.8 rush yards per game, but star running back Blake Corum was recovering from injury against Illinois and was limited in that game. Corum had two carries in the first drive of the game for Michigan, but he hasn’t seen a snap since. His primary backup, Donovan Edwards, is also struggling with an injury.

The Wolverines had five rushing touchdowns in beating the Buckeyes last season, but it was the passing game that kept Michigan’s offense going. Quarterback JJ McCarthy has thrown touchdown passes to Cornelius Johnson for 69 and 75 yards.

Both were the longest touchdown passes Ohio State has conceded since November 2021, when it faced Nebraska. Johnson became the first player with 150 yards and two touchdowns in a half against Ohio State since Alabama’s Devonta Smith made it in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

The Wolverines’ first-half offense went against the run-heavy pattern we’re used to, but Michigan has it right in this rivalry game against the Buckeyes. – Tom Van Haaren

Buckeyes reply right back

Another big game for Michigan

After scoring Michigan’s first touchdown, McCarthy Johnson found deep for the touchdown and gave the Wolverines their first lead of the game. Johnson has TD catches of 69 and 75 yards in the game so far.

Michigan has had a TD of 50+ yards today this season and has now done it twice this game. The Wolverines are also the first team to have multiple 65-yard touchdowns against Ohio State in Columbus since Oregon State did in the 2018 season opener.

Wolverines finally answer

After struggling to do a lot on offense, the Wolverines got into the end zone after JJ McCarthy found receiver Cornelius Johnson, who broke several tackles for the long TD.

Scary stats for Michigan

The Wolverines have struggled to run the ball so far. They were held to 1-yard rushing in the first quarter. According to research from ESPN Stats & Information, Michigan hasn’t defeated a top-five team while running for those few yards in a quarter since at least 2004.

Big catches, big score

First, Stroud bonded with Harrison, who grabbed with one hand. Later in the ride, Stroud beat Emeka Egbuka for the score.

LeBron is ready

Corum, Edwards seem ready


The LeBron gear

The Buckeyes are again wearing shoes from the LeBron James shoe line with Nike. It’s one of this week’s best gear.