On this date in Ohio State football: Nov. 26, 2011
Taking a look back at a game Ohio State played on this date:
Michigan 40, Ohio State 34
Setup: It’s true that Ohio State has largely dominated Michigan in The Game ever since Jim Tressel took over as OSU coach, in 2001. But it’s not like Wolverines have been idle bystanders while being flogged by the Buckeyes all these years. In fact, Michigan has two whole victories in the past 15 seasons, in 2003 and 2011. The latter result was no huge surprise, given that the Wolverines, at 9-2, were basking in the glow of Brady Hoke’s first season while Ohio State roiled in the wake of Tressel’s firing in May. The Buckeyes under Luke Fickell were 6-5 and riding a two-game losing streak as they took the field in Ann Arbor.
Stars: Michigan quarterback Denad Robinson had a dynamic game, running for 170 yards, passing for 167 and accounting for five touchdowns. For the Buckeyes, freshman QB Braxton Miller nearly matched Robinson with 335 yards but he also missed a few open throws.
Turning point: Ohio State stayed close with a valiant effort that included its best offensive performance of the season. Down six, the Buckeyes took over with less than two minutes remaining. Miller overshot an open DeVier Posey on a would-be big play, and a few plays later he was intercepted by Courtney Avery as Michigan sealed its first win in the series after seven straight losses.
Impact: The display clocks stopped at 2,926 days since Ohio State’s last loss to Michigan, a fact that prompted Wolverines fans to storm the field. Hoke was hailed as a Buckeye slayer, but Urban Meyer was introduced as OSU’s coach two days later and Hoke was fired in 2014 after three straight losses to the Buckeyes.
Quotable: “Remember the feeling. Remember how you feel right now. Take that into next year.” — Ohio State safety Tyler Moeller, recalling Fickell’s postgame speech in the OSU locker room