Each year, on the third weekend of November one of the most heated rivalries in sports writes a new chapter. No matter the rankings, no matter the records, THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES are focused on one thingÖ BEAT MICHIGAN. RELIVE THREE CLASSIC VICTORIES IN THIS STORIED RIVALRY DISC 1 November 17, 1979 Ann Arbor, MI Ohio State 18 ? Michigan 15 Unbeaten and ranked #2 in the nation the Buckeyes rolled into Michigan Stadium and moved the ball convincingly the whole game, but had trouble scoring. Michigan lead 15-12 midway through the 4th when the Buckeyes Jim Laughlin and Ernie Andria teamed to block a punt in the fourth quarter and Todd Bell returned the bouncing ball 18 yards for the game-winning score. DISC 2 November 23, 2002 Columbus, OH Ohio State 14 ? Michigan 9 With an undefeated season on the line, freshman running back Maurice Clarrett brought a record crowd at the Horseshoe to their feet by shaking off a shoulder injury to rush for 119 yards, breaking Robert Smithís freshman rushing record, and catching a 26-yard pass to set up the game-winning touchdown. Will Allen picked off a pass on Michigan's final drive to seal the win and a shot at the national championship - which The Buckeyes won. DISC 3 November 18, 2006 Columbus, OH Ohio State 42 ? Michigan 39 Billed the "Game of the Century," this was the first time #1 Ohio State and #2 Michigan met as the top two ranked teams in this storied rivalry. The death of former Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler on the eve of the game underscored the intensity of this annual classic and with a shot at the BCS championship on the line, the game did not disappoint. Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith had 316 yards passing and 4 TDs to lead the Buckeyes to this thrilling victory.
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