No. 3 Michigan meets No. 2 Ohio State in a much-anticipated installment of The Game on Saturday, and it’s another chance for the Wolverines to break a 22-year drought at Ohio Stadium.
That is right, The Shoe has been a house of horrors for Michigan in the 21st century. The Buckeyes have won the last nine home meetings against the rival Wolverines, and that includes the legendary No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in 2006 and game that featured “The Spot” in 2016.
There is a lot of history for Michigan to overcome when it faces Ohio State on Saturday. When was the last time the Wolverines left Ohio Stadium singing “The Victors?”
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A look at inside at that streak in The Game:
Michigan’s last victory at Ohio Stadium
Rewind to Nov. 18, 2000. No. 19 Michigan faced no. 12 Ohio State in a battle of 8-3 teams. This is the “Drew Henson” game as far as both sides would remember it.
Ohio State jumped out to a 9-0 lead, but Henson, the prized recruit who split time with Tom Brady the previous season, got Lloyd Carr off the hot seat. Henson hit Anthony Thomas for a 70-yard touchdown. The Wolverines scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter with the help of a 50-yard interception return by Julius Curry.
The Buckeyes rallied with two fourth-quarter TDs, but Henson capped a TD drive with a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal that sealed a 38-26 victory. Henson finished with 303 yards and three TDs in the victory.
John Cooper’s last game
This was the Ohio State coach’s last chance at the Wolverines. Cooper was a highly successful coach with a 111-43-4 record with the Buckeyes, but the loss dropped him to 2-10-1 against Michigan. South Carolina beat the Buckeyes 24-7 in the Outback Bowl, and Cooper was dismissed the following day.
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Ohio State dominance since 2000
Jim Tressel was hired after the 2000 season, and he flipped the script on the rival. Tressel (5-0) and Urban Meyer (4-0) have combined to lead the Buckeyes to a perfect 9-0 record at home against the Wolverines.
The Buckeyes have won those games by an average of 14.9 points per game.
|2002||No. 2 Ohio State||14||No. 12 Michigan||9|
|2004||Ohio State||37||No. 7 Michigan||21|
|2006||No. 1 Ohio State||42||No. 2 Michigan||39|
|2008||No. 10 Ohio State||42||Michigan||7|
|2010||No. 8 Ohio State||37||Michigan||7|
|2012||No. 4 Ohio State||26||No. 20 Michigan||21|
|2014||No. 7 Ohio State||42||Michigan||28|
|2016||No. 2 Ohio State||30||No. 3 Michigan||27|
|2018||No. 10 Ohio State||62||No. 4 Michigan||39|
Tressel’s signature victory was the 42-39 victory in the No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in 2006 when both teams were 11-0. Meyer led Ohio State to a 30-27 double-overtime victory in 2016 that put the Buckeyes in the College Football Playoff.
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Jim Harbaugh at The Shoe
Harbaugh beat Ohio State as a player in 1986 after he famously guaranteed a victory for the Wolverines. Harbaugh hit 19 of 29 passes for 261 yards in Michigan’s 26-24 victory on Nov. 22, 1986.
Harbaugh, however, is 0-2 at Ohio Stadium as a head coach. Michigan also lost 62-39 on Nov. 24, 2018 in Meyer’s final regular-season game as the Buckeyes head coach. This will be the third straight time Harbaugh has brought a top 5 team into Ohio Stadium.
What’s at stake in 2022?
The schools’ game at Ohio Stadium was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19.
This will be Ryan Day’s first home game against the Wolverines as a head coach. Day is 1-1, and Ohio State has not lost a Big Ten home game since a 17-14 loss to Michigan State on Nov. 22, 2015.
Michigan is also looking for back-to-back victories in the rivalry for the first time since 1999-2000. The Wolverines beat Ohio State 42-27 last season. This could be a potential turning point in what has been a one-sided rivalry since that last victory at Ohio Stadium.
Both teams are 11-0 again, and this will decide who travels to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 3.
What happened to Drew Henson?
Henson led Michigan to a 31-28 victory against Auburn in the Citrus Bowl, but instead of returning for his senior season he opted to sign a lucrative contract with the New York Yankees.
Henson played in eight major-league games with the Yankees from 2002-03 then returned to football, where he played in nine NFL games from 2004-08. Henson made one start for the Cowboys in 2004.