Ohio State received the ball and the Carlos Hyde got the party started early, methodically moving the ball inside the Michigan 50 yard line. A sack on Braxton Miller set the Buckeyes behind the chains and on third down couldn't connect with Devin Smith down the sideline. An excellent Cameron Johnston punt pinned Michigan inside their own one yard line for their first possession of the game.
With Michigan's usually stagnant offense having to go 99 yards, Devin Gardner led a touchdown drive, aided by an 84 yard reception by Jeremy Gallon. A Gardner run two plays later got the Wolverines on the board with the lead, 7-0.
Trailing has been a rarity this year for Ohio State and trailing by seven, Braxton Miller continued to struggled throwing the ball and they were forced with a 3rd and long for the second time on the afternoon. With Devin Smith finding wide open grass, Miller connected with him for a 53 yard touchdown to even the game.
As Michigan's offense continued to look almost unstoppable, Devin Gardner led a 7 play 70 yard drive into the Buckeye's 10 yard line. It was capped off by a Fitzgerald Toussaint 4 yard rush.
With Ohio State having to shift the momentum, it was up to Braxton Miller and he delivered a huge blow making two guys miss and taking a 53 yard rush for a score.