Hell freezes over.
On a snowy and cold Saturday afternoon, Ohio State traveled to Ann Arbor and experienced the horrors of failure in The Game as the Buckeyes lost to their rival for the first time in 10 years.
Nine of Ohio State's 23 scholarship freshmen took part in the 42-27 upset loss.
Henderson scores twice
It was tough sledding for TreVeyon Henderson, but he was able to score two of Ohio State's three touchdowns. Henderson's first touchdown was a one-yard blast that pulled the Buckeyes to within eight points early in the fourth quarter.
Later in the final stanza, Henderson again brought Ohio State within eight when C.J. Stroud tossed him a screen pass and Henderson scampered in from 10 yards out. The touchdown was Henderson's 19th of the season and broke Maurice Clarett's freshman mark of 18 set in 2002.
Congrats @TreVeyonH4 . Well deserved/earned my man— Maurice Clarett (@ReeseClarett13) November 27, 2021
It wasn't all touchdowns and records for Henderson. Ohio State's first series of the second half was a three-and-out with No. 32 getting the call three straight times.
The two-yard loss might have been a different outcome had C.J. Stroud kept the ball. Then again, this might have been a called run and not a true read-option.
Henderson finished the day with 128 all-purpose yards, with 74 of those yards coming on the ground, on 22 total touches.
Burke is human
During the opening drive of the game, Denzel Burke made two stops and broke up a Cade McNamara pass to Luke Schoonmaker. It appeared the freshman cornerback was on his way to another spectacular afternoon.
When you're a lockdown defensive back, you play on an island. That island can be a lonely place when you get called for pass interference. Extremely lonely when the penalty is called in the fourth quarter on a key third-down play.
The Wolverines scored three plays later to extend their lead to 35-20 with 9:14 remaining in the game. Per Pro Football Focus, Burke allowed three catches for 74 yards – the most yards he's given up all season – on five targets.
Special teams and snaps spotlight
Denzel Burke played 62 defensive snaps and was on the field goal block team six times and the punt return team once.
Jordan Hancock was on the kickoff team six times and the punt return team once. He has played in five games and shed his redshirt eligibility.
Marvin Harrison Jr. played one offensive snap, was on the kickoff return team seven times and the punt return team once.
Donovan Jackson played one offensive snap and protected on Ohio State's three extra points and the two field goal attempts.
Jesse Mirco was called upon to punt four times. He had two punts over 50 yards and placed two inside the 20-yard line. Mirco also held on the three made extra points and the two field goals.
Jack Sawyer played four snaps on defense and was on the FG/PAT block team twice.
J.T. Tuimoloau had 22 defensive snaps and was on the FG/PAT block team five times.
Under the NCAA's redshirt rules, a player can appear in up to four games at any point throughout the season and still count it as his redshirt year. With only a bowl game to go, 20 of Ohio State's 23 scholarship true freshmen have seen the field, with 11 – Burke, Egbuka, Hancock, Harrison Jr., Henderson, Jackson, McCord, Mirco, Saywer, Tuimoloau and Williams – now ineligible for redshirts as they've appeared in five or more games.
|NAME||POS||DEBUT||UM STATS||GP||SEASON STATS|
|DENZEL BURKE||CB||MINN||4 tackles, 1 PBU||12||34 tackles, 1 INT, 11 PBU, 1 TD|
|MARVIN HARRISON JR.||WR||MINN||1 offensive snap||12||5 catches, 68 yards, 1 safety|
|TREVEYON HENDERSON||RB||MINN||17 rushes, 74 yards, 1 TD; 5 catches, 54 yards, 1 TD||12||166 rushes, 1,165 yards, 15 TD; 22 catches, 285 yards, 4 TD; 1 KOR, 19 yards|
|DONOVAN JACKSON||OL||MINN||1 offensive snap||12||56 offensive snaps|
|JESSE MIRCO||P||MINN||4 punts, 44.8 avg, 2 inside 20||12||29 punts, 42.3 avg, 11 inside 20|
|JACK SAWYER||DE||MINN||4 defensive snaps||12||12 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 TFL, 2 QBH, 1 PBU, 1 FF|
|J.T. TUIMOLOAU||DE||MINN||2 tackles||12||12 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3.5 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 PBU|
|TYLEIK WILLAMS||DT||ORE||1 tackle||11||15 tackles, 5 sacks, 6.5 TFL, 2 QBH, 2 PBU, 1 FF|
|JORDAN HANCOCK||CB||AKRON||1 tackle||5||4 tackles, 1 PBU|
|EMEKA EGBUKA||WR||AKRON||10||6 catches, 145 yards, 12 KOR, 357 yards|
|KYLE McCORD||QB||AKRON||5||25/38, 416 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT; 9 rushes, -16 yards|
|REID CARRICO||LB||AKRON||4||3 tackles|
|MICHAEL HALL JR.||DT||AKRON||4||2 tackles, 0.5 TFL|
|EVAN PRYOR||RB||AKRON||4||21 rushes, 98 yards, 1 TD; 2 catches, 8 yards|
|TOBY WILSON||OL||AKRON||4||56 offensive snaps|
|JAYDEN BALLARD||WR||AKRON||3||1 catch, 4 yards|
|ANDRE TURRENTINE||S||AKRON||3||10 defensive snaps|
|JANTZEN DUNN||S||AKRON||2||9 defensive snaps|
|QUINN EWERS||QB||MICHIGAN STATE||1||2 offensive snaps|
|JAKALIN JOHNSON||CB||AKRON||1||1 tackle|
|ZEN MICHALSKI||OL||MICHIGAN STATE||1||2 offensive snaps|