COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sporting Alert – Curtis Samuel sprinted untouched into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown and No. 2 Ohio State beat No. 3 Michigan 30-27 in double overtime in Big Ten football action on Saturday.
Trailing 27-24 in the second overtime, experienced quarterback J.T. Barrett scrambled for a fourth-down conversion to keep Ohio State’s drive alive before Samuel broke through to complete the drive with a TD run.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh wasn’t happy with the decision to call first-down on that play after a review.
He said: “That was not a first down. I’m bitterly disappointed with the officiating today.”
The win on Saturday saw Buckeyes quarterback Barrett becoming the third QB in series history to win three starts.
He joins Michigan’s Ricky Leach (1976-1978) and Ohio State’s Troy Smith (2004-06).
During his interview, Barrett, who passed for 124 yards with one touchdown and ran for another 125 yards and a score, showed class by giving compliments to a very good Michigan team.
Meanwhile, Urban Meyer, who followed the final play right to the end and then fell to the ground afterwards, is now 5-0 against Michigan as Ohio State head coach after winning for the fifth straight time.
The victory had moved the Buckeyes (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten) to the of the Big Ten East standings but was overtaken by No. 7 Penn State, which defeated Michigan State 45-12 to win the division and advanced to the Big Ten championship game.
After scoring 17 unanswered points to knot the game at 17-17 and forced overtime, the Buckeyes jumped ahead 24-17 when Barrett ran home easily for a score in the first period of OT.
With the game on the line, Michigan’s Wilton Speight found Amara Darboh, who took a low catch for a 5-yard TD to make it 24-24 to send the battle into the second overtime.
The Buckeyes defense then held the Wolverines (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) to just a field goal in the second overtime before Samuel won the game in front of his home supporters, who covered the field red and sang the school song.
It was also Samuel, who cleverly delivered a change-of-direction run to set up the fourth-and-1 late in double overtime.
Wilton Speight completed 23 of 36 passes for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Michigan in the defeat.