Ohio State beat Michigan 42-41 on Saturday by stopping a 2-point conversion attempt with 32 seconds left to keep their perfect season alive.
The Buckeyes went ahead 42-35 on a touchdown run by Carlos Hyde with 2:20 left, but the game wasn’t over. Michigan drove down the field and punched it in on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Devin Gardner to Devin Funchess. Instead of kicking the extra point and going to overtime, Michigan tried to beat their rival by going for two. They stacked three players out to the right and attempted a short slant to Drew Dileo, but Tyvis Powell saw it coming and jumped in front for the interception.
I don’t have a problem with Michigan going for two to try winning the game, but I would have rather seen Gardner run it than pass. It was so obvious when they stacked three to the right that that’s where he was going. There was no fake, no deception, nothing. Just a straight pass everyone saw coming, including Powell.
The 12-0 Buckeyes now will face Michigan State next weekend. The 7-5 Wolverines will wait to see what bowl game they play in.
Here’s the reaction from Gardner after seeing how close they came to the win but realizing they fell short: