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Ohio State stops Michigan on 2-point conversion to win game (Video)

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:

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Ohio State, Michigan fight during rivalry game (Video)

Ohio State vs. Michigan is one of the greatest rivalries in college football history, and we were reminded of why on Saturday. During the second quarter, a massive fight broke out that resulted in three players being ejected.

Michigan took a 21-14 lead early in the second quarter, and the melee started after the ensuing kickoff. Punches were thrown as flags rained all over the field. Michigan’s Royce Jenkins-Stone was given the boot for his involvement, as were Ohio State players Marcus Hall and Dontre Wilson.

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After being ejected, Hall went ballistic on the Buckeyes sideline. He smashed his helmet and kicked a few things before flipping Michigan fans the double-bird as he strolled toward the tunnel area. You can see a video of Hall’s meltdown here. Here’s a clip of the haymaker that got Wilson tossed:

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Michigan plays ‘Chicken Dance’ after beating Notre Dame

Michigan beat Notre Dame 41-30 on Saturday night at the Big House in Ann Arbor, and the school celebrated the win over their “regional” rival with a little needling.

Brady HokeAfter playing “The Victors,” which is the University of Michigan’s fight song, the people controlling the music inside the stadium blasted the “Chicken Dance” over the speakers.

The fantastic music choice was a nod to head coach Brady Hoke saying in May that Notre Dame was chickening out by pulling out of the rivalry between the schools. The Fighting Irish informed the Wolverines that they were not interested in playing them beyond this season. Then last weekend Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly downplayed the significance of the rivalry, saying the teams were only regional rivals.

So let’s recap:

    - Brady Hoke calls Notre Dame chickens for pulling out of the rivalry
    - Brian Kelly says Michigan is not a traditional rival for Notre Dame
    - Michigan beats Notre Dame 41-30
    - Wolverines play Chicken Dance over Big House speakers after win

Masterfully done, Michigan.

Video via Guyism

Denard Robinson calls Michigan State Michigan’s ‘little brother’

Denard Robinson is fanning the rivalry flames between Michigan and Michigan State even though he’s no longer in college.

Denard RobinsonJacksonville Jaguars “offensive weapon” and former Michigan quarterback did an interview with Big Ten Network this week ahead of Saturday’s Michigan-Notre Dame game. Robinson was asked to rank the Wolverines’ rivals. The question was prefaced by Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly’s comments that the game is just a regional one and not a big rivalry.

“Of course we’ve got to say Ohio (State’s) the biggest one,” Robinson said. “(Then) Notre Dame and (No. 3) Michigan State, our little brothers.”

The order of his rankings was not surprising, but the disrespectful term he used to describe the Spartans was.

Former Michigan running back Mike Hart once called Michigan State the same thing, but he went 4-0 against them. Robinson went 1-3 against the Spartans (really 1-2 based on playing time), throwing for just two touchdowns and five interceptions in those games.

If a team has “scoreboard” rights on you, you can’t blast them with trash talk like that. But as far as respect and prestige goes, Michigan State is a lesser rival for Michigan than Ohio State and Notre Dame. They just don’t have that same football tradition.

Video of his comments is below:

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Brian Kelly: Michigan not a historic rival for Notre Dame

Brian KellyNotre Dame and Michigan play on Saturday night at the Big House for what will be one of the more anticipated games of the weekend. Unfortunately, the series between the two historic programs ends after next season. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly doesn’t see the lack of games between the two schools as much of a loss.

“I really haven’t seen it as one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries,” Kelly said on a conference call Sunday, via the AP. “I’ve seen it as just one of those great football games that Notre Dame has played.

“For me, I’ve been in Michigan a long time, I’ve always felt the Notre Dame-Michigan game was a big regional game. But in the Notre Dame history books, this game has (been) played, but obviously there have been some years where it hasn’t been played for a number of years.”

Kelly is correct on that point. The schools have played 40 times since their first meeting in 1887. There was a long stretch earlier in the 20th century when the schools did not play, but they’ve met 29 times since 1978.

Obviously it’s become a big rivalry, and it’s a game many fans look forward to early in the season. The problem is that Notre Dame joined the ACC for most sports, and the deal calls for the Fighting Irish to play games against five ACC opponents, which gives them less room for other teams. They decided to ax Michigan, perhaps because the Wolverines are usually a tough opponent. The teams have gone 14-14-1 since ’78.

[Related: Brady Hoke says Notre Dame is chickening out]

Other schools that Notre Dame considers their traditional rivals are USC, Navy, Michigan State and Purdue. They have also played Stanford on a regular basis and want to keep that game on their schedule going forward.

It’s disappointing that Notre Dame will be dropping Michigan, but I guess someone had to be cut. Should we be surprised they decided to get rid of one of their toughest opponents? There’s also some irony in Kelly previously calling out Ohio State for playing an easy schedule, when his Irish are avoiding one of the tougher teams in the country.

Michigan recruit Jabrill Peppers has incredible touchdown run (Video)

Jabrill-Peppers-touchdown-runMichigan recruit Jabrill Peppers is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the nation and No. 1 at his position, which is cornerback. After watching his incredible touchdown run from Tuesday, you would never know it.

During a scrimmage for his high school, Paramus Catholic in New Jersey, Peppers ripped off one of the most amazing runs you will ever see. It instantly reminded me of Marshawn Lynch’s beast mode touchdown against the Saints back in the 2010 NFL playoffs. The youngster broke eight tackles en route to the end zone and executed a vintage spin move.

Michigan may have to consider giving Peppers a chance at running back in addition to corner, although we know how rare that is at the collegiate level. Running skills like that are tough to ignore.

H/T SB Nation

JT Barrett won’t buy NCAA Football 14 because Michigan player is on the cover

denard-robinsonFormer Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson won the EA Sports fan vote earlier this year to appear on the cover of NCAA Football 14. While the fans clearly felt he was deserving of the honor, the victory may hurt sales among Buckeye nation.

Several Ohio State players have expressed their displeasure over a Michigan player being on the cover of the game, with one incoming freshman even saying he is boycotting the game because of it. Freshman quarterback JT Barrett tweeted the following on Tuesday and insists he is not joking around.

According to The Plain Dealer, Barrett was not alone. Ohio State running back Jordan Hall already wrote on his Twitter that he plans to rip the cover, which he described as “weak,” off the game. Buckeyes wide receiver commit Trey McLaurin also chimed in:

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