(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Michigan went for it all, and it proved to be costly.
Devin Gardner was intercepted by Tyvis Powell as the Wolverines (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) went for a go-ahead 2-point conversion with 32 seconds remaining. No. 3 Ohio State was able to hold on for a thrilling 42-41 victory over their longtime rivals on Saturday.
“We played the game to win,” Michigan head coach Brady Hoke said.”
Gardner hit Devin Funchess for a two-yard score on the previous play, but opted not to kick the extra point and tie the game.
Braxton Miller threw for two touchdowns while running for three more as Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) capped off its second-straight undefeated regular season.
“That’s an instant classic,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said after the school won its 24th game in a row.
Carlos Hyde scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 2:20 remaining to give the Buckeyes the lead for good.
Both teams scored at least 41 points for the first time in their 110th meeting in a heated rivalry that dates back to 1897.
The Buckeyes will face Michigan State next Saturday in the Big Ten championship game, but need either No. 1 Alabama or No. 2 Florida State to lose if they want a chance to play for a national title.
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Jill Martin, CNN