Victory Twice as Sweet, Loss Twice as Painful

Ohio State Versus Michigan

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Curtis Samuel scores Ohio State the winning touchdown (image courtesy of The New York Times).

Justin Artz, Staff Writer

The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines have played each other 113 times, and just recently, on November 26, they met again. The Buckeyes came out with the win for the 11th time in their last 12 meetings. According to ESPN, it was the most viewed college football game of the year, with 16,926,000 people watching the 119-year-old rivalry. The game went into double overtime, and when the game was over, there was talk everywhere on whether or not J.T. Barrett reached the first down marker.

“It was a really good game. Ohio State started off pretty bad, but after a couple of Michigan turnovers, OSU jumped right back into the game. The first down call in double overtime caused a lot of controversy, but J.T. got it off of forward progress. The Buckeyes worked hard to make the comeback and win, and there are a lot of Michigan fans making excuses because they lost,” said freshman Ryan Weber.

The first down call has caused football fans everywhere to argue.

“The game was excellent, but I feel the refs were more one sided. The first down call was not correct, there was not any forward progress,” said sophomore Gabe Newburg, a Michigan fan.

After the game, Michigan dropped out of the top 4 and is now the number 5 seed, Ohio State remains the number 2 seed but they will not play in the Big 10 championship game because they will advance into the playoffs. Ohio State scored 17 unanswered points, including the touchdown they had in overtime. Michigan fans do not believe that the second overtime touchdown by Ohio State should have counted, because they believe the first down call was incorrect.

“There was no forward progress, it was a bad call,” said freshman Rondell¬†Wilson.

The Ohio State fans argue that there was forward progress, and the first down was well deserved.

“It was a crazy game, but Barrett did get that first down,” said freshman Evan Davis.

Whether or not Barrett reached the first down, OSU remains the number 3 seed.