Before every football game this season, two of the Daily football writers will take the weekend’s matchup to the PlayStation 2.
Ohio State 28
• Play of the game — With Michigan’s freshman QB No. 7 already on the bench after a miserable first half, QB No. 12 was sent to the sidelines after suffering a broken jaw while being sacked. That let QB No. 10 take over — and he threw 183 yards and two touchdowns in the second half to lead the Wolverines back from a 28-7 deficit.
• Player of the game — Michigan WR No. 1. The senior sent his Heisman campaign skyrocketing with five catches for 238 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter.
Press conference quotes:
Michigan coach Chris Burke:
“I’m glad the team handled the 28-7 deficit better than I did. I apologize to anyone that got in the way of my rage during the first half. It was very un-Michigan, and I am disappointed in myself.”
“QB No. 10 was pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good today. I told him before the game to not even bother suiting up, but I’m glad that he did because he really saved us.”
“I’m not sure what happened in that first half — we gave up three touchdowns of more than 50 yards. We’ll probably have to talk about that when we watch the films. Actually, screw it, we’re not watching films. We just won the Big Ten, we’re going to the Rose Bowl — who wants to go celebrate?”
Ohio State coach Bob Hunt:
“I think this game represented the state of this program over the past few years. Everything started out great, and it seemed like we could do no wrong. Then it all just went to hell.”
“Our QB No. 12 played exceptionally in the first half. It seemed like that Massillon experience really helped him. I mean, come on. That school has a live tiger cub for a mascot! That’s how high school football should be treated!”
“I have to give credit to Coach Burke and that school up north. Those boys really whipped us in the second half in all facets of the game. We tried to execute the plays we taught our guys in their eight-credit football seminar, but it just didn’t work out. I think we need more class time.”