matched a school record with five rushing touchdowns and
Aidan Hutchinson had three sacks to break a single-season
program mark, helping No. 6 Michigan finally beat No. 2 Ohio
State 42-27 Saturday to give Harbaugh his first win as a coach
against the Buckeyes.
``It feels like the best one,`` Harbaugh said.
The Wolverines clinched the Big Ten East and will play in
the Big Ten conference title game next week in Indianapolis
versus Iowa, with playoff hopes in hand after snapping an
eight-game losing streak to Ohio State.
``It feels like the beginning,`` Harbaugh said.
Michigan (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten, No. 5 CFP) advanced to the
conference championship for the first time. The Wolverines now
have a chance to win a Big Ten title for the first time since
2004 and a national championship for the first time since 1997.
Harbaugh has been dissed and dismissed as a coach long on hype
and short on substance over his first six seasons with his alma
mater, but he earned a win that should quiet at least most of
``I'm so happy to be a part of his first win, and to have a
top-five game at home,`` Hutchinson said. ``He was just so
Minutes after the game, long-suffering fans filled the Big House
turf to celebrate a rare win in the storied series and they were
in no rush to leave as music blared.
``Watching the snow fall and the crowd rush rush onto the field
was truly a surreal moment,`` said Michigan quarterback Cade
McNamara, who was 13 of 19 for 159 yards with an
Ohio State had a school-record winning streak in the rivalry,
taking 15 of 16 to turn The Game into its game.
The Buckeyes (10-2, 8-1) blew their chances to continue their
dominance with 10 penalties, many before the snap, and because
they simply could not stop Michigan's running game.
``I feel awful,'' Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. ``I
just got done talking to the team, and when you work this game
365 days out of the year and you come up short, it's a failure.
It hurts. It hurts a lot.``
Harbaugh clearly had his team ready to beat the Buckeyes.
After Harbaugh's pay was slashed in his new deal last winter in
part because of his lack of success against the Buckeyes, he
reshaped his coaching staff again and renamed a running-heavy
period of practice the ``Beat Ohio,`` drill for to add
another layer of focus on the rivalry.
It seemed to work.
Haskins had 169 yards rushing on 28 carries, scoring a go-ahead
touchdown late in the second half and four more after halftime
to pad Michigan's lead.
``It's an amazing feeling, I want to thank each and every one of
my linemen,`` Haskins said.
returned from a two-plus game absence to run six times for 87
yards, helping the Wolverines gain a total of 297 yards on a
ground against a rival that has pushed them around for much of
``It was dominant, `` Harbaugh acknowledged. ``There was
continual movement up front by the guys.''
The Buckeyes could not disagree.
``You have to stop the run in a Big Ten game,'' Ohio State
safety Bryson Shaw said. ``It's embarrassing.''
Harbaugh also seemed to out coach Day, who had not lost a Big
Ten game until Saturday, by sprinkling in some surprise plays
such as a slot-around with A.J. Henning running for a 14-yard TD
to cap the game-opening 10-play, 75-yard drive and calling a
flea flicker later in the game that fooled Ohio State.
Ohio State's high-powered offense seemed rattled against
Michigan's new-look defense with first-year coordinator Mike
Macdonald making all the right moves. Hutchinson, who set a
single-season school record with 13 sacks, was in the backfield
``Definitely should be in strong consideration for the Heisman
Trophy,`` Harbaugh said.
was 34 of 49 for 394 with two touchdowns, including a 25-yard
pass to Garrett Wilson that gave the Buckeyes a 10-7 lead
early in the second quarter. The Buckeyes turned it over on
downs on their last possession, failing to protect Stroud. He
was sacked four times, doubling the total from any other game
``People are probably going to hate me for it, but I know in my
heart I put up everything,`` Stroud said.
After Harbaugh's news conference, he was met by athletic
director Warde Manuel. ``You hit a home run,`` Manuel told
The Wolverines and Buckeyes were pushing, shoving and talking in
the tunnel at halftime. The emotions spilled out onto the field
As Michigan receiver Roman Wilson lay in the end zone, he
grabbed the left leg of cornerback Cameron Brown, who responded
by ripping Wilson's helmet off and getting called for
unsportsmanlike conduct. That set off a scrum that officials and
coaches were able to contain.
``These guys have been disrespecting us, stepping on our
jerseys, talking about hanging 100 on us,`` Hutchinson said.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes had won 26 straight Big Ten games, a
streak that trailed only the school's 30-game run from 2012-15
in Big Ten history. Ohio State also had won 21 games in a row
over ranked Big Ten teams.
Michigan: The Wolverines will have to come down quickly and
focus on the Big Ten title game. Win that and a spot in the
College Football Playoff is practically a lock.
Michigan will jump past Ohio State in the College Football
Ranking and the AP Top 25.
Ohio State: Waits for its postseason plans, likely landing in a
New Year's Six bowl game. Michigan: Plays Iowa in Indianapolis
next Saturday. The Wolverines did not play the Hawkeyes in the