Michigan hadn’t won at Ohio State since 2000, three years before sophomore quarterback J.J. McCarthy was even born. But the third-ranked Wolverines took care of business Saturday in Columbus, stunning the Buckeyes for the second straight year. They did it in style too, erupting for 21 fourth-quarter points in a 45-23 onslaught, effectively eliminating Ohio State from playoff contention.
Senior cornerback Mike Sainristil, who made one of the game’s biggest plays by breaking up a would-be touchdown pass to Cade Stover with 7:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, celebrated the win by planting Michigan’s flag on the Buckeyes’ midfield logo, replicating a stunt made famous by former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield in 2017.
That obviously won’t sit well with OSU fans—few acts in college football are as disrespectful as defacing another school’s logo—though the Buckeyes only have themselves to blame, saving their worst performance of the season for the game that mattered most, losing to a hated rival despite coming in as nine-point home favorites.
Saturday was unquestionably Michigan’s signature win of 2022—and arguably of the Jim Harbaugh Era—beating the Buckeyes in convincing fashion despite star running back Blake Corum logging just two carries due to a knee injury. Of course, it never hurts when your backup—stud sophomore Donovan Edwards—is a former five-star recruit who would be a starter almost anywhere else in the country.
Having clinched the Big Ten East Division title, the Wolverines will vie for their second conference title in as many seasons next Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, where they will face one of Purdue, Illinois or Iowa, depending on tonight’s results.