ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Midway through the fourth quarter of The Game’s latest beatdown (err, I mean installment), Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins mercifully ended the afternoon’s scoring with a 33-yard jaunt to the right, touchdown number eight in the contest that also comes to symbolize the utter dominance of the Buckeyes in a rivalry soon resembling that of the The Roadrunner vs. Wile E. Coyote.
Dobbins scythed his way to 211 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns while quarterback Justin Fields threw for four touchdowns as the top-ranked Buckeyes demolished No. 13 Michigan 56-27 in Ann Arbor, Ohio State’s eighth consecutive victory in the Midwestern blood feud.
The short-term ramifications of today’s demolition are that Ohio State clinches the Big Ten East division title and takes on Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis next weekend. Long-term, however, the hoodoo the Buckeyes hold over Michigan will cause incessant glee to those in Columbus and non-stop second-guessing of those in Ann Arbor of head coach Jim Harbaugh, the man who was supposed to turn the rivalry on its head but instead now goes to 0-5 against the Buckeyes.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Saturday afternoon’s game, with all photos taken by Detroit-area photographer Aaron J. Thornton. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 22 pictures in total.