Ohio State Becomes All-Time Big Ten Wins Leader, J.T. Barrett is First to Go 4–0 and Other Milestones from Ohio State's 31-20 Win over Michigan

By Jason Priestas on November 26, 2017 at 7:30 am
Parris Campbell and Mike Weber celebrate Weber's game-clinching touchdown in Ann Arbor.
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Ohio State's 31-20 win over Michigan wasn't just another in a string of Buckeye wins in the biggest game of the year. The day saw several milestones and records set in Ann Arbor as well.

Here are 10 stats, records and notable numbers for Ohio State's comeback win in the Big House.


Saturday's win was Urban Meyer's sixth against no losses in the rivalry, tying legendary Michigan coach Fielding Yost for the best start of any coach through six games. Yost actually started 9–0 in the rivalry (1901–09), but it wasn't much of a rivalry back then and everyone who saw those games is dead.

Ohio State's Jim Tressel (2001–06) and Michigan's Lloyd Carr (1995–2000) both started 5–1 in the series, but only Meyer and Yost can claim 6–0 starts.

With the win, Meyer improved to 54–9 in games played in the month of November and a ridiculous 25–3 in rivalry games.


Although he left the game with an injury in the third quarter, football doesn't adhere to the rules of baseball with its starters and closers. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett became the first quarterback from either team to go a perfect 4–0 as a starter in “The Game.”

Six quarterbacks went 3–0 as starters, including four from Michigan: Brian Griese (1995–97), Rick Leach (1975–78), Howard Yerges (1945–47) and William Wasmund (1907–09). On the Ohio State side, Troy Smith (2004–06) and Tippy Dye (1935–37) recorded a hat trick in the series.

Barrett also tied Art Schlichter with 36 career victories for the most of any quarterback in program history. He's now 36–6 at Ohio State.


Saturday's win gave Ohio State 504 Big Ten Conference wins, passing – you guessed it, Michigan – for the most in league history.

Ohio State joined the conference as the Big Ten's 10th school in 1912, and have averaged 4.754 league wins over their 106 years of league play.

Michigan was an original member, forming the Big Ten along with six other schools in 1896. They left the league in 1907, but returned in 1917. What I'm getting at is the Wolverines have seven more years in the Big Ten than Ohio State, which means they're putting up a paltry 4.491 conference wins per year during their time as a Big Ten program.


Ohio State ran for 226 yards against the Wolverines with 139 of those yards coming in the second half. Michigan entered the game ranked 15th nationally against the rush.

True freshman J.K. Dobbins accounted for 101 of those yards, marking the fourth time he's topped 100 yards in a game this season. Dobbins has 1,190 yards on the year, just 48 shy of Maurice Clarett's freshman record of 1,237 set in 2002


J.T. Barrett's 67 rushing yards against Michigan gave him 420 career yards in the rivalry, good enough to pass Beanie Wells' (2006–08) mark of 412 yards against the Wolverines. Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson (2009–12) holds the overall mark for career rushing yards in the series with 428 over his four bouts agains the Buckeyes.

Barrett's 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his seventh career rushing touchdown against the Wolverines, moving him past Keith Byars, who ran for six touchdowns against Michigan from 1982–85.


Ohio State fell into an early 14-0 hole against Michigan, but rallied for the win. The deficit tied the largest ever overcome in the 114-year history of “The Game” and is the largest rally for Ohio State in the series.


The win was Ohio State's sixth in a row over Michigan, tying OSU's longest winning streak and the second longest winning streak of either team in the history of the series.

Michigan won nine straight from 1901–09 and six in a row from 1922–27, while the Buckeyes had previously reeled off a half dozen over Michigan from 2004–09. Ohio State forfeited its 37-7 win in 2010 due to NCAA violations, or that streak would stretch seven games.


Ohio State's win stretches the Buckeyes' series lead to 49–46–4 in Big Ten play. The two teams first met in league play in 1918, with the Wolverines winning that game 14-0.


Ohio State trails Michigan 49–58–6 in the overall series, but the nine games off .500 are the closest the Buckeyes have ever been to evening things. OSU was 3–13–2, a gap of 10 games, after beating the Wolverines 14-0 in Ann Arbor way back in 1921.


Jim Harbaugh, hailed as Michigan's savior upon his return to Ann Arbor in 2015, fell to 0–3 against Ohio State (and a combined 1–5 against Ohio State and Michigan State). Only one other Michigan head coach started his career 0–3 against Ohio State and that man is Rich Rodriguez.

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