ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ohio State intercepted four passes by Michigan freshman Tate Forcier, and the OSU offense did just enough today to offer some breathing room as the Rose Bowl-bound Buckeyes gained their sixth straight victory in The Game, 21-10.
Senior safety Kurt Coleman had two of the picks, but Devon Torrence’s interception in the end zone stopped a Michigan scoring attempt early in the fourth quarter, and defensive end Thaddeus Gibson’s pick with 3:34 left at the Michigan 42-yard line sealed it.
Played in front of 110,922 in a Michigan Stadium populated heavily by Ohio State fans, the win by OSU (10-2, 7-1) assured Michigan (5-7, 1-7) of not going to a bowl game for the second straight season under second-year coach Rich Rodriguez and finishing in at least a tie for last in the Big Ten.
On the other hand, OSU coach Jim Tressel earned his eighth win against Michigan in nine tries, further extending the best start by an OSU coach in the rivalry.
Yea, I’m betting Rodriguez is wishing he’s stayed in West Virginia right about now.