ANN ARBOR, Mich. — As with some many games in this classic matchup, this one came down to the last minutes before a victor was decided.

Ohio State sputtered in the early going, and was behind 14-3 at the half, unable to convert a pair of Michigan fumbles into any points. But the Buckeyes ignited for 248 of their 420 yards in total offense in the second half to make it a game.

Fullback Scottie Graham got OSU to within two points, 14-12, by capping a 40-yard drive with a three-yard run. Graham led all rushers in the game with 152 yards, his fifth 100-yard effort of the season.

Following a Michigan touchdown, the Buckeyes again pulled close when Graham went in from four yards out, and with 7:04 to play it was 21-18, Michigan on top.

Ohio State’s defense held the Wolverines on their next possession, giving the offense the ball with 3:42 to go at the Ohio 34 yard-line. But on second-and-12, Greg Frey’s pass to Greg Beatty was intercepted by Todd Plate, his second theft of the day. Michigan drove in for the clinching score, and the game ended 28-18 in favor of the hosts.



Date League Season Attendance
November 25, 1989 Ohio State 1989 106,134


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