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The Big Border Battle

posted Dec 5, 2013, 4:29 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 5, 2013, 8:39 AM by Unknown user ]

Kristen Conner

      Every year, the border battle between Ohio State University’s and Michigan’s football teams has become more intense. This year was no different.

      This year’s rivalry game set place in Ann Arbor, Mich. The last time the Buckeye’s played there, they had a disappointing loss of 34-40, fueling the fire of both teams.

      On Nov. 30 at 12 p.m. the Buckeyes kicked off in Ann Arbor, starting the 2013 border battle rivalry game.

Michigan started on top and scored the first touchdown and extra point kick, but the Buckeyes retaliated shortly after and put up 7 points, as well. The two teams both scored another touchdown before the end of the first quarter.

      Shortly into the second quarter, the Wolverines came out on top again scoring yet another touchdown. On the kick return after this touchdown, a fight broke out between the two teams.

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      Three players were ultimately ejected from the game for starting a fight: Marcus Hall (79) and Dontre Wilson (1) from OSU, and Royce Jenkins-Jones (52) from Michigan.

      The Twitter world immediately blew up after the fight. Everyone was tweeting for their teams and making comments about Marcus Hall’s “message” to everyone.

      The Buckeyes came back at the Wolverines and scored a touchdown to tie up the game and end the first half. Before entering the tunnel, another fight almost broke out between the two teams but coaches from both teams intervened before it could happen.

      The beginning of the second half was huge for the Buckeyes. They scored back to back touchdowns making the score 35-21.

      Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, this did not necessarily seal the deal. Michigan came back and scored a touchdown and then another touchdown after an interception to tie it up at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Ohio State was the first to break the tie with a touchdown. In the last minutes of the game, Michigan scored a touchdown, as well.

      Instead of opting to kick a field goal to tie the game and send it into overtime, Michigan went for the two-point conversion. Devin Gardner (Michigan’s QB) threw to his covered receiver and the pass was intercepted by OSU’s Tyvis Powell (23), making the two-point attempt a failure and ultimately winning the game for the Buckeyes with a final score of 42-41.

The win improved the undefeated Buckeyes’ record to 12-0 and moved them to #2 in the BCS rankings. Michigan’s record was 7-5.

The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is one of the biggest rivalries in college football. Not only does the outcome of the game affect the Rose bowl match-ups, but, on 23 occasions, the game has determined the Big Ten Conference championship.

One of the most memorable games that took place was in 2006 when both teams held top spots in the BCS rankings. On the eve of the game, Michigan’s head coach, Bo Schembechler, died. Ohio State won that game 42-39, giving them a spot in the BCS National Championship game.

The history behind the rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan goes back to 1918 when both teams joined the Big Ten. In 1935, both teams ended with a 10-10-2 record. The rivalry continues today and has since intensified.