Live updates: UM takes 14-0 lead on O’Korn TD pass
On the first play of the second quarter, John O’Korn sold the fake and hit a wide open Sean McKeon for a three-yard touchdown pass that puts Michigan up 14-0 with 14:57 remaining in the second quarter.
The Wolverines have gotten contributions for all three phases today: The offense has a long drive to its credit, the defense has dominated and Donovan Peoples-Jones’ big return set up that second score.
DPJ, Defense get it done
The Michigan defense played lights out in the first quarter.
Chase Winovich dropped J.T. Barrett for a sack on third down, and for some reason, instead of letting the clock run out on the first quarter, OSU called a timeout to punt before the end of the frame.
That was a mistake, as Donovan Peoples-Jones had a spectacular 42-yard punt return to get to the Buckeyes 11. Coupled with a holding penalty, Michigan will take over just six yards from pay dirt.
At the end of the first quarter, the Wolverines still lead 7-0.
Earlier in the drive, on second down, Barrett underthrew a wide open receiver down the field, forcing his man to come back to the ball and allowing David Long to catch up and get the pass breakup.
Wolverines come up shy of sticks
Michigan is winning the game and the field position battle early on, as the Buckeyes will start their next possession at their own 15.
With 1:14 remaining in the first quarter, Michigan still leads 7-0.
Chris Evans has had the hot-hand early on, and that continued when he put the offense in good position with a six-yard gain on first down from the 38. Evans was stopped for no gain on second down, but he took a swing pass in the backfield on third down that went for a first down near midfield. Michigan got the ball into OSU territory, but they came up three yards short of the first down and were forced to punt.
Michigan defense doing its job
The Wolverines snuffed out a jet sweep on first down for a five-yard loss, and on second down, Rashan Gary dropped J.T. Barrett for a sack. On third down, the Wolverines swarmed to an open receiver and forced a drop that forces OSU to punt the ball back to the Michigan offense.
With 4:30 remaining in the first quarter, the Wolverines are still leading 7-0.
Michigan gets out in front
Despite some bad throws from John O’Korn, Michigan was able to drive 77 yards in 13 plays, finishing it off with a 2-yard Khalid Hill touchdown that puts the Wolverines up 7-0 with 6:02 remaining in the first quarter.
The Drive: Chris Evans set up his blocks and was able to go for nine yards on first down. Karan Higdon was stuffed on second down for no gain, but on third down, Hill was able to dive over the line for a first down. O’Korn sailed a throw to a wide open Hill on the ensuing first down, but Evans made up for it with a 24-yard run into Buckeyes territory. After another incompletion, O’Korn finally hit a streaking Zach Gentry to get down to the OSU 14. But that’s when O’Korn came back two plays later and missed a would-be touchdown to Sean McKeon. Luckily, Evans took a quick pass for 13 yards and a first down at the 2.
O’Korn is 3-for-7 for 45 yards, but three of those incompletions have been missed throws to wide open receivers. That play-calling for Michigan has been on point, but the signal caller is going to have to dial it in as this game goes on.
Wolverines defense forces early three-and-out
The Michigan defense held up on their first series of the day, dropping J.T. Barrett for a loss on first down before stuffing Mike Weber on second down. A short completion on third down wasn’t enough to move the chains for the Buckeyes.
With 11:48 to play in the first quarter, things are scoreless at The Big House.
O’Korn misses third down throw
John O’Korn took the field as Michigan’s quarterback to start the game.
It went about as well as you’d expect.
On third-and-7 after two short runs, O’Korn overthrew Tyrone Wheatley Jr. who was wide open down the middle of the field. It would have been a big gain.
The Buckeyes will start at their own 40 with 13:34 remaining in the first quarter.
Ohio State at Michigan
Kickoff: Noon, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
Records: Ohio State 9-2, 7-1 Big Ten; Michigan 8-3, 5-3
Line: Ohio State by 10
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