Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ohio State Wins Wild, Epic, Controversial Showdown with Michigan

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ohio State Wins Wild, Epic, Controversial Showdown with Michigan

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COLUMBUS, Ohio * The play was "29 Lead," and it will go down in history as how Ohio State beat Michigan in one of the greatest games ever played by the Big Ten's most storied rivals.

That's pretty much all Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer wanted to talk about. Everything else about the second-ranked Buckeyes' 30-27 double-overtime victory over the third-ranked Wolverines on Saturday almost was too overwhelming for Meyer to sort out so soon after what he called an instant classic. Meanwhile, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was furious about the officiating, thinking his team was robbed.

Curtis Samuel swept in for a 15-yard touchdown on "29 Lead" left after Ohio State barely converted a fourth-and-1 play in the second overtime.

"That was not a first down," Harbaugh insisted. "I'm bitterly disappointed with the officiating today."

Some in the biggest crowd ever to watch a game in the Horseshoe (110,045) then ran onto the field in a celebration that included a sing-a-long to "Sweet Caroline."

"I remember that Neil Diamond song," Meyer said about the crazy scene, but he couldn't recall much else. "Weird life, man."

Very much so because it was not quite clear what else Ohio State (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten, No. 2 in the playoff rankings) has won. It won't be the Big Ten title.

Penn State beat Michigan State 45-12 later in the day to clinch the East Division and a spot in the conference title game next weekend against Wisconsin. Still, the Buckeyes added to a rsum that already has impressed the playoff selection committee and are hoping for a playoff spot even though they won't be their league's champion. Their loss came to Penn State, thus giving the Nittany Lions the tiebreaker for the East tittle. Both were 8-1 in league play.

The Wolverines probably are headed to a major bowl Rose, Orange or Cotton.

Of course, beating "The team up North," as Michigan is called around here, is enough reason to party and can be hard to put into perspective. …

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