The last game for RichRod’s first season at the Big House is over and done, and thank God. Ohio State toyed with Michigan much like a cat would do with a dead bird en route to a 42-7 victory.
Really, though, the game was scarcely that close, as Michigan saved its worst performance of the year for the last. The Wolverines were 1-17 on third down. That is not a typo. Nick Sheridan’s numbers were just as anemic: 8/24 through the air, 87 yards, and of course no touchdowns. He will be sent to the gulag immediately.
For Ohio State, glee and triumph. Even with the seniors in late late late, nobody was injured, and the positive stats were distributed liberally. 15 carries for 134 yards and a TD for Beanie Wells. 8 for 80 and two more scores for Boom Herron. And late in the game, Terrelle Pryor even stepped aside to make room for Todd Boeckman (remember him? He’s not dead! He feels happy!) as the two QBs combined for 184 yards and 3 TDs on just eight completions.
That means Michigan’s suffering is over, at least for the next nine months or so. The total damage is a 3-9 record, easily the worst in Michigan history, and a team whose mental edge is totally destroyed and who will almost certainly be relying on a true freshman at QB next season.
This is all delightful news for Ohio State and their fans; the Buckeyes put the wraps on a 7-1 season in the Big Ten, leaving them with an outside shot at the Rose Bowl. Even if Penn State should win, and the odds are looking good on that, Ohio State still has a reasonable chance at an at-large BCS bid. Oh, and they have Terrelle Pryor for two more years and Michigan does not, a fact that makes today’s result look ever the more likely for years to come.