|Jourdan Lewis during pregame 11/28/15|
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The Ohio State rushing game was just too much for the Wolverines to handle on Saturday's 112th edition of The Game.
It didn't take long as Zeke Elliott broke open a 66-yard run on the Buckeyes second drive of the game, after a questionable roughing the kicker call on the Wolverines.
The Buckeyes finished that drive going 94-yards on seven plays, and getting on the board first with a touchdown. They did not look back from that point on.
JT Barrett and Elliott put on a clinic on the Wolverine defense. Barrett completed 9 of 15 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 139 yards and three touchdowns. Elliott carried the ball 30 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns, a week after criticizing the coaching staff for his lack of use.
The Wolverine defense looked utterly confused and all around gassed during the game. There was no answer for the Buckeye's zone read, and power runs.
Ohio State scored on six consecutive drives, aside from the end of the first half, which put the pressure on the Wolverines offense to make plays.
The Wolverine offense was able to march the football down the field, but had troubles finishing off drives in the redzone. Michigan settled for two field goals in the game while down in the redzone.
Jake Rudock left the game early with a left shoulder injury. He finished 19 of 32 passing for 263 yards and one touchdown.
The Wolverines were led rushing the ball by Jabrill Peppers who had 29 yards off seven carries. Peppers also added 25 receiving yards.
Jehu Chesson led the Wolverines in receiving with 111 and a touchdown. Jake Butt had 54 yards, and Amara Darboh added 68.
The regular season may have ended on a sour note, but a 9-win Wolverine team that did not gain much talent through recruiting after a coaching change is a big step after last seasons debacle. Things are looking better in Ann Arbor.