T e Michigan Daily f michigandaily.com November26,2012
Michigan offense a slate-colored sky, an appropri-
ate backdrop for the renewal of
hits a wall, collapses the timeless Michigan-Ohio State
late vs. Buckeyes But after a second half spent
looking for answers that ulti-
n Columbus mately eluded them, the Wol-
verines could only trudge away
By BEN ESTES solemnly, their mood mirrored
Daily Sports Editor by the still-gray heavens above
them. Hundreds of Ohio State
COLUMBUS - For most of the students and fans rushed past
morning and afternoon here on themronto the field once the clock
Saturday, a faint snow fell from read zeroes, fueled by the kind
of euphoria that can only result
from a win in this game.
The Buckeyes pulled ahead
in the third quarter and stayed
ahead, kneeling away a hard-
fought, 26-21 victory, with Michi-
gan (6-2 Big Ten, 8-4 overall)
powerless to do anything about it.
"It hurt," said fifth-year senior
wide receiver Roy Roundtree.
"We have to look at film and look
at the mistakes that we made."
The early action on Saturday
seemed to promisea high-scoring
affair, which has been something
of an aberration over the history
of this rivalry.
Ohio State (8-0, 12-0) needed
just six plays to score the game's
first touchdown, a four-yard run
by bruising running back Carlos
Hyde after a rapid drive down
the field. But the Wolverines
answered on their second pos-
session when junior quarterback
Devin Gardner found Roundtree
for a 75-yard= catch-and-run and
It was the type oftdynamic play
that characterized the Michi-
gan attack before halftime. Like
last week against Iowa, the team
utilized both of its main quarter-
backs - Gardner was the tradi-
tional passer, and senior Denard
Robinson was a running quar-
terback. The combination was
in sync throughout the first half
and a spectacular, 67-yard run by
Robinson helped the Wolverines
seize a 21-20 lead athalftime.
Michigan wouldn't score
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again. The team gained just 60
yardsin the second half-the two-
quarterback system, run with
such efficiency for the previous
six quarters, ceased to function.
"Too many turnovers," Robin-
son said of the second-half woes.
"We had three turnovers in the
second half. In order for you to
win this game, you gotta control
the ball, hold on to the ball."
Robinson and Gardner both
lost fumbles, in the third quarter
See BUCKEYES, Page 3B
Michigan chokes in Big
Apple, loses to Cornell
By MATT SLOVIN
Daily Sports Editor
NEW YORK - When Michi-
gan and Cornell met in the first
round of last year's NCAA Tour-
nament, the Big Red fell behind
ing the MICHIGAN 1
Wolver- CORNELL 5
of advancing before having the
win snatched from their grasp
via an overtime goal.
In the first period of that con-
test, the Wolverines controlled
most of the opening period, scor-
ing a goal in the game's first two
minutes and having one waved
off shortly after.
Saturday night, however, a 5-1
Cornell victory in The Frozen
Apple at Madison Square Gar-
den, was a different story, but
the same result.
"It might be a better Cornell
team (compared to the NCAA
Tournament game)," said Michi-
gan coach Red Berenson. "But it
was a worse Michigan team."
The Big Red came out of the
gate buzzing, and Michigan took
four first-period penalties, while
Cornell was only penalized once.
The Wolverines had finally
garnered some momentum at
the 13:09 mark when Cornell's
Joakim Ryan was sent to the
box, but 30 seconds into the
Michigan power play, senior
captain A.J. Treais was whistled
See CORNELL, Page 3B
The Michigan men's basketball team celebrates a 71-57 victory over Kansas State and a NIT Season Tip-Off championship.
Tip- Off title in NYC
Failure to adjust burns "M'
By COLLEEN THOMAS
Daily Sports Editor
NEW YORK - Minutes into
the second half, junior guard Tim
Hardaway, Jr. made an ankle-
breaking crossover and pulled up
for a jump shot. Seconds later, he
got a hand
on a Kansas KSTATt 57
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down the rebound. Madison
Square Garden was his stage to
Hardaway paced the fourth-
ranked Wolverines (5-0) on Fri-
day when they opened the second
half on a 14-5 run, pushing their
lead to 14 points by the time
Wildcats coach Bruce Weber
called a timeout to stop the game
from getting out of reach. Michi-
gan led by five at halftime, but
with the early push in the second
half and Hardaway's 23 points
and seven rebounds, the Wolver-
ines sealed their first NIT Season
Tip-Off championship, beating
Kansas State (4-1), 71-57.
"It was one of our first goals
to win the NIT Champion-
ship," said sophomore guard
Trey Burke. "We did a great job
of taking it one game at a time.
The coaching staff did a good job
of preparing us each and every
game. We won a hard-fought
See TIP-OFF, Page 3B
By ZACH HELFAND
Daily Sports Editor
COLUMBUS - It took Ohio
State coach Urban Meyer two
quarters, but he had simplified
Michigan's offense down to one
key: stop Denard Robinson.
Michigan's senior quarter-
back has been nursing a right-
elbow injury that limits his
ability to throw. But against the
Buckeyes on Saturday, Robin-
son broke free several times on
long runs in the first half. After
the last one, a 67-yard scamper,
Meyer sought out his defensive
"My comment was, after Isaw
Denard Robinson sneak outta
Sophomore tailback Thomas Rawls wasn' the answer against Ohio State.
there for a long run, stop the
quarterback run," Meyer said.
"That's the input I had. Prob-
ably the same - I think 107,000
people said that as well."
That simple key, and Ohio
State's execution, shut out Mich-
igan in the second half and gave
the Buckeyes the win; 26-21.
See FAILURE, Page 3B
* WHAT'D YOU EXPECT?
An 8-4 season is disappointing, but it
was just about exactly what this Michigan
team was billed to deliver. Page 2B
RACINE BACK HOME
Michigan and freshman goalie Steve
Racine had a nightmare weekend match-
up with Cornell. Page 3B