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Final

(10) Ohio State 21

(10-2, 7-1 Big Ten)

Michigan 10

(5-7, 1-7 Big Ten)

12:00 PM ET, November 21, 2009

Michigan Stadium, ANN ARBOR, MI

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#10OSU 7 7 7 021
MICH 0 3 7 010

Top Performers

Passing: T. Forcier (MICH) - 226 YDS, 1 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: B. Saine (OSU) - 12 CAR, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Roundtree (MICH) - 9 REC, 116 YDS

Forcier's 5 turnovers help Buckeyes take sixth straight from Wolverines

Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Terrelle Pryor is thankful he chose to play at Ohio State, instead of for Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines.

Pryor threw a touchdown for the final score in the third quarter and avoided making many mistakes to help the Buckeyes (No. 10 BCS, No. 9 AP) beat Michigan 21-10 Saturday for its sixth straight win in the series and an outright Big Ten title.

Going Streaking

Ohio State scored its sixth straight win over Michigan on Saturday, matching the second-longest streak in the series' history.

Longest Win Streaks Ohio St.-Michigan Series History
School Streak Span
Michigan 9 1901-09
Michigan 6 1922-27
Ohio St. 6 2004-09

"I'm glad I'm on this side," Pryor said.

Ohio State (10-2, 7-1) has won five straight conference championships and will play in the Rose Bowl with a five-game winning streak.

"When you're undefeated in November, good things are going to happen over the holidays," coach Jim Tressel said.

Rittenberg: Humble Pie

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez says he's tired of being humbled. But another loss to Ohio State and a second straight season without a bowl appearance suggests it'll be a long winter in Ann Arbor, writes Adam Rittenberg. Blog
• Big Ten blog

Michigan wouldn't know.

The Wolverines lost their last five games and beat only Delaware State after September to finish 5-7. College football's winningest program has endured consecutive losing years for the first time since the 1962-63 seasons.

Fast Facts

• Ohio State coach Jim Tressel improved to 8-1 against Michigan, extending the Buckeyes' win streak vs. the Wolverines to six.

• Michigan's six-game losing streak to Ohio State is the third-longest streak to a single opponent in school history.

• Freshman quarterback Tate Forcier threw a career-high four interceptions and became just the second Michigan quarterback to throw four interceptions against Ohio State in the last 60 years (John Navarre, 2001).

• Ohio State rushed for over 225 yards for the fifth straight game.

• The loss ensured that Michigan will miss a bowl game for the second straight season. The Wolverines will also suffer back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1962-63.

• Rich Rodriguez became the first Michigan coach to lose his first two games against the Buckeyes.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Freshman Tate Forcier threw four interceptions and fumbled in his end zone, spoiling Michigan's chances of an upset it needed to become bowl-eligible.

"I lost that game," Forcier wrote in a text message to The Associated Press about an hour after the game. "This offseason, I'm gonna make sure myself and every single person on this team works the hardest we have ever worked.

"We're gonna come back a a new team. I'm not going to let this happen again."

Michigan's flop followed a school-record nine-loss year in Rodriguez's debut in Ann Arbor.

"I'm tired of being humbled," Rodriguez said.

He said earlier in the week the Wolverines would not be "doomed" if they were shut out of the bowl picture. But he desperately needed the feel-good victory to take some heat off him -- especially with an NCAA investigation looming over his program.

Does Rodriguez fear losing his job?

"No," he said.

Tressel, meanwhile, can probably coach the Buckeyes as long as he wants with the success he's had overall and especially against their rival.

He improved to 8-1 against Michigan and extended Ohio State's longest winning streak that matches the best run in the rivalry since Michigan also won six in a row in the 1920s.

Forcier fumbled on his first drive and Cameron Heyward recovered to give Ohio State a 7-0 lead. He threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter.

Diminishing Returns

With Saturday's loss to Ohio State, Rich Rodriguez clinched his second straight losing season -- something Michigan's previous three coaches never experienced in their 39 years with the school.

Previous 3 coaches Rodriguez
Seasons 39 2
Losing seasons 0 2
Five-game losing streaks 0 2
Wins vs. Ohio St. 20 0

"Turnovers and rushing game are always going to be the key to this game," Tressel said.

Ohio State turned the ball over only once, on Pryor's deflected pass, and outrushed Michigan 251-80.

Dan Herron had 96 yards rushing, Brandon Saine ran for 84 yards and scored on a 29-yard run on a play in which his team was misaligned, and Pryor finished with 74 yards on the ground.

"They couldn't stop the run," Pryor said.

Pryor wasn't spectacular -- 9 of 17 for 67 yards with a TD and an interception -- when Tressel asked him to throw, but the sophomore made some smart plays such as throwing the ball out of bounds instead of taking a sack.

He perfectly lofted a screen pass to Herron, whose 12-yard touchdown gave the Buckeyes a 21-10 lead.

"It was a momentum-changer," Pryor said. "We needed that touchdown or maybe Tate Forcier would've taken them right back down the field again."

Or, not.

Forcier, who made two game-winning passes in September, had not thrown more than one interception in a game and entered the game with just six this season.

Ohio State's Kurt Coleman made two interceptions, the second coming after a video review at the Buckeyes 6 early in the fourth quarter. Forcier threw his third interception on the ensuing drive, making an ill-advised pass that cornerback Devon Torrence caught in the end zone with 8 minutes left.

Perhaps fittingly, the Wolverines were flagged for having five men in the backfield on their final snap.

The Buckeyes ran out the clock much to the delight of thousands of their fans who were at the Big House to witness the scarlet-and-gray seniors sweep the Wolverines in their careers.

"This is what you dream of," Coleman said. "I'm able to say I left a lasting legacy against Michigan."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
OSU
MICH
1st Downs1816
Total Yards318309
Passing67229
Rushing25180
Penalties6-403-25
3rd Down Conversions4-156-18
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers15
Possession32:5627:04

Passing Leaders

Ohio StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pryor9/17673.911
MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Forcier23/382265.914

Rushing Leaders

Ohio StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Herron19965.1023
Saine12847.0129
MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith8324.0010
Robinson10313.1017

Receiving Leaders

Ohio StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Posey5387.6013
Herron2178.5112
MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Roundtree911612.9043
Mathews66711.2023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEROSUMICH
TD10:44Cameron Heyward Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Devin Barclay Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTEROSUMICH
FG07:59Jason Olesnavage 46 Yd 73
TD05:22Brandon Saine 29 Yd Run (Devin Barclay Kick) 143
THIRD QUARTEROSUMICH
TD10:05Vincent Smith 18 Yd Pass From Tate Forcier (Jason Olesnavage Kick) 1410
TD04:46Daniel Herron 12 Yd Pass From Terrelle Pryor (Devin Barclay Kick) 2110