Big Ten: Wolverines' leaders fail in final bid to unseat OSU

  • Article by: ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • Updated: November 18, 2007 - 12:05 AM

The Buckeyes unleashed Chris Wells and their running game on Michigan, whose core of seniors wound up a disappointing 0-4 against their top conference rival.

SPORTS FBC-OHIOST-MICH 3 DE
hide

Ohio State players celebrate their 14-3 victory over Michigan at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, November 17, 2007. (Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

Photo: Eric Seals, Mct

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Jim Tressel became the first Ohio State coach to beat Michigan six times in seven years, and the seventh-ranked Buckeyes' 14-3 victory Saturday over their archrival gave them consecutive outright Big Ten titles for the first time in a half-century.

Chris Wells ran for a career-high 222 yards and two touchdowns and Vernon Gholston and the Buckeyes' defense dominated.

"Our defense was not going to let Michigan control the game on the ground," Tressel said. "I wish our offense could have scored more, and that we could have been a little more consistent, but today 14 points was enough to win the Big Ten."

The Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1) are likely headed to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1997. They also hold on to slim hopes of climbing back into the BCS title game.

"I might have come from here, but now I bleed scarlet and gray," said Gholston, who had three of Ohio State's four sacks. "Coming from Detroit didn't make this any bigger. When you go to Ohio State, you don't need anything to make the Michigan game big."

A win would have put No. 23 Michigan (8-4, 6-2) in Pasadena for the fourth time in five years.

Meanwhile, a news conference is scheduled for Monday, at which Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr will announce whether he will continue coaching or retire. Carr refused to discuss his future with reporters Saturday. "There will be a day to discuss that," he said. "And this isn't it."

For Michigan quarterback Chad Henne, tailback Mike Hart and tackle Jake Long, stellar careers will end with an 0-4 record against Ohio State and a woeful offensive performance in their final game at the Big House.

Michigan (8-4, 6-2) led 3-0 after the first quarter, but the Buckeyes controlled the game by stopping a one-dimensional offense and handing the ball off to Wells early and often.

Wells put Ohio State ahead with a 1-yard run early in the second quarter, and a 62-yard score made it 14-3 on its first snap after halftime. He had a career-high 39 carries, the most by a Buckeye against Michigan, and he ran for more yards than anybody had for them in the history of the series.

"He wanted to take this game on his shoulders and carry us, and that's what he did," Tressel said of Wells.

Henne was ineffective because of a shoulder injury and Hart was unable to run against a defense that didn't have to respect the pass. Henne finished 11-for-34 for 68 yards. Hart had 18 carries for 44 yards rushing.

No. 20 Illinois 41, Northwestern 22: Illini finish with victory, eye Jan. 1 bowl

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. — A week after leading his team to an upset of Ohio State, Illinois quarterback Juice Williams led the Illini a step closer to a New Year's Day bowl with a 41-22 victory Saturday over Northwestern.

Williams ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 220 yards and another score for the 20th-ranked Illini (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten).

Northwestern (6-6, 3-5) started the day with a good possibility of landing in a bowl. But with 10 Big Ten teams eligible, the Wildcats needed a seventh victory to improve their case. They couldn't stop the Illini offense, which piled up 541 yards.

Wildcats quarterback C.J. Bacher was intercepted by safety Kevin Mitchell on their first possession. Illinois went 71 yards the other way, capped by a Rashard Mendenhall touchdown for a 7-0 lead. Mendenhall, the Big Ten's leading rusher, finished with 124 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns. A sneak by Williams on the next series made it 14-0.

Indiana 27, Purdue 24: Starr's kick spoils rally, lifts Hoosiers to key victory

  • related content

  • Lost axe is the final blow for Gophers

    Saturday November 17, 2007

    With feistiness rarely seen this season, the Gophers fought hard for their first Big Ten victory but fell short.

  • Big Ten bowl picture

    Saturday November 17, 2007

    A look at how the Big Ten bowl picture might sort out:OHIO STATE (11-1, 7-1)Projected bowl: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.Possible...

  • Big Ten: Saturday's stars

    Saturday November 17, 2007

    SATURDAY'S STARSKellen Lewis, Indiana: The Hoosiers quarterback ran for two touchdowns and passed for one, putting his team in position...

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

NY Mets - LP: J. Familia 6 FINAL
Miami - WP: A. Ramos 9
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 7 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 0
Boston - LP: B. Badenhop 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: G. Balfour 4
Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes 6 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman 4
Pittsburgh - LP: G. Cole 4 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: S. Maness 5
Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson 2 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Turner 4
Detroit - WP: D. Price 12 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber 1
Seattle - LP: C. Young 1 FINAL
Oakland - WP: J. Hammel 6
San Francisco - WP: J. Affeldt 4 FINAL
Colorado - LP: C. Friedrich 2
Arizona - LP: T. Cahill 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: T. Ross 3
San Francisco - LP: S. Romo 9 FINAL
Colorado - WP: L. Hawkins 10
Washington - WP: G. Gonzalez 6 FINAL
Los Angeles - LP: R. Hernandez 4
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 3 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 4
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
Buffalo 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
New Orleans 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Atlanta
Minnesota 9/7/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Cleveland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Jacksonville 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Oakland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
Cincinnati 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Washington 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Tennessee 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
New England 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Tampa Bay
San Francisco 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Indianapolis 9/7/14 7:30 PM
Denver
Utah State 7 FINAL
Tennessee 38
SMU 0 FINAL
(10) Baylor 45
Miami-Florida 13 FINAL
Louisville 31
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
SMU 9/6/14 11:00 AM
North Texas
Fla Atlantic 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(2) Alabama
Buffalo 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Army
(24) Missouri 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Toledo
Arkansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
(7) McNeese State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(22) Nebraska
Central Mich 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Akron 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
Western Ill 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(14) Wisconsin
(20) Kansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
(4) Oklahoma 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tulsa
Western Ky 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
SC State 9/6/14 11:30 AM
(16) Clemson
Navy 9/6/14 12:00 PM
Temple
UAB 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Miss State
South Alabama 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Kent State
New Mexico St 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Colorado 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Fresno State 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Utah
(2) Eastern Wash 9/6/14 2:00 PM
(25) Washington
(15) USC 9/6/14 2:30 PM
(11) Stanford
Ohio U 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Middle Tennessee 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Minnesota
Northern Ill 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Missouri State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Ball State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Iowa
Maryland 9/6/14 2:30 PM
So Florida
Eastern Mich 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Florida
Georgia Tech 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Tulane
(18) Ole Miss 9/6/14 3:30 PM
Vanderbilt
Old Dominion 9/6/14 5:00 PM
NC State
(8) Michigan State 9/6/14 5:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(19) Arizona State 9/6/14 6:00 PM
New Mexico
Louisiana Tech 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
San Jose St 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(6) Auburn
East Carolina 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Duke 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Troy
Idaho 9/6/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(15) Sam Houston St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(13) LSU
Michigan 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
Lamar 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(21) Texas A&M
Northwestern St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
BYU 9/6/14 6:30 PM
Texas
Citadel 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(1) Florida State
San Diego St 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Virginia Tech 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(5) Ohio State
Memphis 9/6/14 9:00 PM
(7) UCLA
Colorado State 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Boise State
Air Force 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Wyoming
Oregon State 9/6/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Texas Tech 9/6/14 10:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Indiana 84 FINAL
Chicago 86

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How many fantasy football teams do you draft?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close
SPORTS FBC-OHIOST-MICH 3 DE