Michigan football stuns Ohio State for 1st win in Columbus since 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 2022 Michigan-Ohio State football game will forever be known as the J.J. McCarthy breakout game.

While the sophomore quarterback’s talent was tantalizing all year long, he never put it all together at once. Much less on a stage of this magnitude. But it was as if Michigan knew something everybody else didn’t.

McCarthy on Saturday threw for three touchdowns, ran for another and Donovan Edwards struck twice for touchdown runs of 75 and 85 in the fourth quarter as the Wolverines mauled the Buckeyes, 45-23, for their first win at Ohio Stadium since 2000.

“None, no adjustments,” McCarthy said of what the team changed in the locker room which led to a 28-3 margin over the final two quarters. “We came in with a full-game game plan and we were ready for them. The message was just ‘we’re the best second-half team in the country and we prove it every single week.”

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Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Cornelius Johnson (6) catches and runs for his first touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first half at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Nov. 26, 2022.

“It was just great to go out there and prove it again.”

Michigan (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten) advances to the Big Ten championship game next Saturday night in Indianapolis, where the Wolverines will face Purdue. The Boilermakers locked up the Big Ten West with their victory at Indiana on Saturday.

The Wolverines trailed at the half, 20-17, then dominated the final two quarters with the power run game to beat the Buckeyes for the second straight season. Michigan, which ran 11 times for 10 yards in the first half, finished the game with 35 rushes for 252 yards (7.2 yards per carry) and three scores.

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