Michigan football stuns Ohio State for first victory in Columbus since 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 2022 Michigan-Ohio State football game will forever be known as the JJ McCarthy Breakout Game.

While the sophomore quarterback’s talent has been tantalizing all year, he never has it all rolled into one. Much less on a stage of this magnitude. But it seemed like Michigan knew something that everyone else didn’t.

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

“None, no adjustments,” McCarthy said of what the team changed in the locker room, leading to a 28-3 margin over the past two quarters. “We came in with a full game plan and we were ready for them. The message was simply ‘we are the best second half team in the country and we prove it every 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 November 26, 2022.

“It was just awesome 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 in Indiana Saturday.

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

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