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Ohio State 42 Michigan 7

by @ 4:41 pm on November 22, 2008. Filed under Ohio State Buckeyes, OSU v. Michigan, Sports

In the end, it wasn’t so much a football game as it was a massacre:

Michigan Ohio St FootballCOLUMBUS, Ohio — It took five big plays to give Ohio State an unprecedented fifth straight win over rival Michigan.

Noted Wolverines nemesis Chris “Beanie” Wells had two of those, including a 59-yard touchdown run and 134 yards rushing to help the 10th-ranked Buckeyes beat their archrivals 42-7 Saturday, the first time in 105 meetings that they’ve strung together five wins.

Ohio State’s margin was its biggest since Woody Hayes was prowling and growling on the sidelines in a 50-14 rout in 1968.

Freshman phenom Terrelle Pryor threw two TD passes and Dan Herron ran for two more scores to give the Buckeyes (10-2, 7-1) their third win in a row and a share of their fourth straight Big Ten title.

Coach Jim Tressel beat Michigan for the seventh time in eight meetings, and put a fitting cap on the worst season in Michigan’s 129 years of intercollegiate football.

In coach Rich Rodriguez’s first season, the Wolverines (3-9, 2-6) lost the most games in school history, missed a bowl trip for the first time in 34 years and had the first losing season in 41 years

Now, all eyes turn to Happy Valley. Regardless of how that game turns out, Ohio State has a share of the Big Ten title this year, but if Michigan State wins, they’ll be headed to the Rose Bowl.

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