Ohio State 30, Michigan 27 (2 OT)

Submitted by Ace on November 26th, 2016 at 4:34 PM


Short. [Patrick Barron/MGoBlog]

I'm staring at my laptop and the sea of exultant Ohio State fans on the field below dancing to "Sweet Caroline" and I feel sick.

Sick that Michigan threw away multiple chances to win this game in regulation. Sick that a dozen little plays one way or the other change the outcome. Sick at that spot. That fucking spot.

Michigan should be playing for the Big Ten championship and a spot in the playoff next weekend. Instead, they will sit at home as either Ohio State or Penn State represents the East. That spot, that fucking spot, will stick in the collective Wolverine memory for much, much longer.

The Wolverines controlled most of this game. Wilton Speight battled back from his still-undisclosed injury to throw for 219 yards and two scores, an effort that would take its place in the pantheon of heroic rivalry performances had the outcome gone the other way. Speight's two interceptions, however, were turned into two Ohio State touchdowns, and that allowed the Buckeyes to keep it close enough to force overtime on a 23-yard Tyler Durbin field goal with one second left in regulation.

The defense, which had played a spectacular game, looked worn out in the first overtime period, ceding a JT Barrett touchdown run on the second play. Speight responded with a fourth-down touchdown to Amara Darboh. Michigan's ensuing possession ended with a field goal after a questionable non-call on a third-down pass to Perry, leaving the door open for Ohio State to win it.

Seemingly given new life, the defense forced an all-or-nothing fourth-and-one. Barrett kept it. The officials gave him a generous spot, and even though it appeared on replay that Barrett's right arm—the one holding the football—never reached the line to gain, that spot, that fucking spot, stood upon review.

In a not-so-alternate universe in which the men in charge of the game are competent, there are Muppets and joy and appreciation of one of the most dramatic football games in recent memory or perhaps ever and scrambling to finalize plans for next weekend. Alas, that fucking spot. Alas.

Comments

Burt Macklin_FBI

November 27th, 2016 at 12:04 AM ^

How about you stop using "we" for a start. It's pretty damn clear you are not one of us. Also check out the hashmarks and then tell me this is still a reliable picture. They are super distorted. It's the same as basic bitches who photoshop their waists in pictures and the wall behind them is curved and messed up. How telling is it that your main evidence is so clearly manipulated? I am on the fence about the spot, but this picture is worth jack shit in that argument. 

sivaDavis

November 26th, 2016 at 9:22 PM ^

So does Speight get credited with those two picks and the fumble or is that on the refs too? You guys had OSU beat and you let them stick around. It's mind blowing you're blaming refs after you're offense gained 5 TOTAL YARDS IN THE 4TH QUARTER.... it was a great game and y'all lost, now go back to your bitching and whining, maybe if you do enough of it they will reverse the outcome of the game and they'll give Michigan the W.

westwardwolverine

November 26th, 2016 at 9:53 PM ^

This is fair except for one thing:

Ohio State gained something like 65 of their 4th quarter yards after a PI call on Delano Hill. Michigan missed the opportunity to put together a drive after this. This was a call that was inconsistent with how it was called in similar situations when Michigan was on offense. Either you call this and you call it when it happened to Darboh and Perry or you don't call it at all. 

 

You Only Live Twice

November 27th, 2016 at 1:01 AM ^

It's more mind blowing that our injured first year QB should instill such fear in your hearts, with your senior threat, the delicate JT Barrett.   You got gifted with 14 points with almost no offense, instead of showing any class and celebrating your win, you're here with other, more recent trolls to showcase your inferiority complex further.  OSU is the new MSU apparently.

sivaDavis

November 26th, 2016 at 9:23 PM ^

So does Speight get credited with those two picks and the fumble or is that on the refs too? You guys had OSU beat and you let them stick around. It's mind blowing you're blaming refs after you're offense gained 5 TOTAL YARDS IN THE 4TH QUARTER.... it was a great game and y'all lost, now go back to your bitching and whining, maybe if you do enough of it they will reverse the outcome of the game and they'll give Michigan the W.

rkjjeep

November 26th, 2016 at 9:42 PM ^

This won't help - especially you younger guys - but I watched on tv with my dad when Woody went for two, and he took me to the game when UM shocked OSU the next year.  Yes, this is a tough stretch.  If you can't see it coming around again, you're not looking close enough.  I think the nect 4-5 years will be a freaking laff riot for real M fans.  Go Blue

brianntb

November 26th, 2016 at 9:52 PM ^

that's what makes this one hurt even more than that fucking spot. 

a young urban meyer team against an experienced michigan team. 

when will we finally beat ohio? 

too long, i'm afraid. 

Bertello NC

November 26th, 2016 at 10:18 PM ^

Eh you never know. We all thought MSu was going to be a top 10-15 team and look where they're at. We thought OSU would take a dip, and in some regards they have but they find a way to reload at a pretty good clip and scratch out wins when needed. I think JH is heading in that direction. I think we'll be just fine.

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abertain

November 26th, 2016 at 9:52 PM ^

The more I think about it, and I shouldn't, the more I think the officials had a huge impact on that game. They missed PI on Perry and Darboh. They also called it on HIll during OSU's last drive. Ugh. This sucks. 

Umich97

November 26th, 2016 at 11:43 PM ^

That's also what makes those calls questionable from a bias stand-point. Plain bad officiating seems unlikely that those calls are both on critical plays, but if an official wanted OSU to win, that's when the bias would come in. Not saying that's the case, but that's what makes you wonder for sure.

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hairlessnutts

November 27th, 2016 at 11:33 AM ^

calls are calls. some are good some are bad. there was no astoundingly bad call. maybe given the privledge or replay and slow motion you could find a level of human error but man come on. i suppose you are that parent that tells their kids that they lost that soccer game because of the refes, dont worry son you are the victim!! lord we need more of those people in society.

ok my 2 pennies.. from an objective sports fan who happens to be a buckeye fan as well. harbaugh lost that game and i know you cult followers will never question your lord and savior until he gets [email protected] canned or in this case until he bolts for greener pastures.... see dickrod, and clappy for . you @sshats where littlerally garggling those mens semen with your "beat ohio" nonsense until the handwriting could not have been bigger or bolder that clappy was incompetant. now steps in savior #3... same story different coach. the culture knows nothing but losing to osu, they expect it, and as much as that team wanted to win that game. every single player in the back of their mind from halftime on knew that they would eventually find a way to blow that game! you say refs cost the game which is crazy  talk. i say a team that was able to dominate for 3 quarters should never find themselves in a position to need a call to go their way, and that my yellow and blue friends is on the coaches!

you dont have to believe me, but go ahead and rewatch the game. second half up 10 defense starts to back off into a zone. pressure was the reason you guys were up. the offense goes into a shell just paying to the gods that the clock would drain in time!! ole jimmy blew it and he knows it. 

Perkis-Size Me

November 26th, 2016 at 10:32 PM ^

I'll be that guy: if we couldn't beat an inexperienced OSU team full of freshmen and sophomores when our team was senior laden and had countless starts together, I have no idea when we're ever going to beat them. At least not while Meyer is around.

Knowing our luck, because the football gods have an insatiable thirst to make life miserable for all things Michigan, Saban will offer to take over for Meyer as soon as he decides to retire for the last time.

Everything is pain.

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Niels

November 26th, 2016 at 10:37 PM ^

If our QB is 20-30% better next year UM will hold it's own. I think either Speight will be that much better or get beaten out by someone similiarly better. Look at OSU teams that were "supposed" to win it all vs "rebuilding" years, they never matched up.

D losses will be tough but I think fall-off from D won't be that much from coaching. Oh and the game will be in Ann Arbor.

Niels

November 26th, 2016 at 10:37 PM ^

If our QB is 20-30% better next year UM will hold it's own. I think either Speight will be that much better or get beaten out by someone similiarly better. Look at OSU teams that were "supposed" to win it all vs "rebuilding" years, they never matched up.

D losses will be tough but I think fall-off from D won't be that much from coaching. Oh and the game will be in Ann Arbor.

Bertello NC

November 26th, 2016 at 10:35 PM ^

Aside from the horrendous officiating, the play selection in certain situations had me befuddled.

We are backed up on our own 5 or 10 whatever it was and we run PA. To me when you are in that area of the field and if I'm the QB I want all eyes on what's in front and peripheral. When you have to carry out a playfake your entire body is turned away from any pressure coming your way. I don't like that call at all. This happened earlier in the game as well. To me Teams aren't going to bite hard on a PA unless you're really gashing them on the ground. We were not and I believe it was 3rd and 6 or 7 and we ran PA. I like the call if it were 3rd and 3 or 4 when there is a realistic chance of picking up the 1st on the ground. Just put Wilton in SG and let him scan the filed. It's a negative play waiting to happen not to mention an odd down and distance to run PA IMO.

I really thought JH and staff would've had some better designed plays to get guys open for drives down the stretch when a 1st down was crucial. Yes there were drops but I guess I was hoping/expecting a bit mote creativity on the offensive side.

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L'Carpetron Do…

November 26th, 2016 at 10:40 PM ^

Was this a freaking extra-sensitive pearl-clutching Victorian -era officiating crew? God damn.  I don't think I've ever seen a football coach get a bitchy basketball-style technical foul penalty like that.  What the hell?  And how often does Harbaugh throw his headset and playbook and not get flagged?  But in the biggest conference game of the year they decide to take umbrage at that.  Good officiating.

In HS I saw an opposing coach get an unsportsmanlike after cursing at his players and the ref and it was super loud and all the parents heard it.  Plus it was right after one of our players had been taken to the hospital in a helicopter so it was kind of like a 'come on, dude' type penalty.  Otherwise I don't think I've ever seen a coach at the college or pro level get flagged for that.  

Good thing they flagged Ohio State though.  FOr anything.  The entire game.

Kevin Holtsberry

November 26th, 2016 at 10:48 PM ^

Living in Columbus has made the last 15 years absolutely brutal.  I will probably get beat up for this, but this game felt like our chance to finally win a big game on the road but ended in the same depressing.  A senior-laden Michigan team facing a talented but young Ohio State whose offense was clearly rattled against quality defenses.  But instead we get yet another gut wrenching loss.  Hard to win with three turnovers.  And it felt like all the calls went against us at critical momements.  But it also felt like the offense simply couldn't make a big play with the game on the line.  Championship teams find a way to win games.  Michigan just doesn't against Ohio State.

If this team couldn't win with a lead in the 4th when can we expect a win?  OSU is going to add to this team with propbably the best recruiting class in the country while Michigan loses like 17 starters. 3-13 is what it is.  We are the underdog in The Game and Harbaugh has't changed that. Maybe he will but so far it is the same old, same old.

BTW, I am a long time lurker here but haven't psoted in a long time.

oaklen

November 26th, 2016 at 11:29 PM ^

I am dreading the Game next year. Today, OSU beat us with literally zero outside game. Little to no vertical attack. Can you imagine how that game is going to go next year when we have a young secondary, and they have a developed passing attack? I almost want to sit out next season just thinking about it.

Regardless, Go Blue. Always Go Blue.