QB John O'Korn likely to start for MI vs

Karan Higdon's 2-yard run gave MI (8-4, 5-4) a 20-14 lead midway through the third quarter.

He was tackled by Wolverines linebacker Mike McCray with 6:07 left in the quarter and his team trailing 20-14.

He didn't turn the ball over through the first 57 minutes and helped keep MI in the game, but his interception with 2:36 remaining derailed any chance of a Wolverines comeback.

The Wolverines fall to 8-4 and 5-4 in the Big Ten, while the Buckeyes improve to 10-2 and 8-1. The Wolverines also finish the regular season without beating a team with a winning record.

Down to its third-string quarterback, John O'Korn, Michigan came out hot in the first quarter, jumping out to a 14-0 lead with creative early play-calling and a smothering defense.

But things began to slip from there.

The Ohio State quarterback exited the Buckeyes' game against rival MI on Saturday during the third quarter because of his knee.

The game is tied up 14-14 at the half.

The Buckeyes took their first lead in "The Game" on a J.K. Dobbins touchdown run and subsequent extra point with 1:34 to play in the third quarter. Ohio State - who was forced to turn to backup Dwayne Haskins after Barrett suffered a knee injury - continued to move the ball.

Haskins was off the mark with his pass on third-and-five, but a defensive hold gave the Buckeyes an automatic first down. Dwayne Haskins relieved Barrett and helped lead the Buckeyes to a 31-20 victory against MI.

Barrett was 3 of 8 for 30 yards with a touchdown and ran 15 times for 67 yards and another score.

O'Korn finished the game 17-for-32 for 195 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Haskins completed six of his seven passes for 94 yards and he took off for 24 rushing yards as well.

  • Stacy Allen