Ohio State leads Michigan after 30 minutes of action in The Game.
The Buckeyes are in front primarily due to the efforts of Marvin Harrison Jr., who hauled in three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. Ohio State also received stellar contributions from running back Chip Traynum, who recorded 64 yards on eight carries.
On Ohio State's first drive of the game, C.J. Stroud and the offense moved the ball down the field quickly and went 81 yards on 12 plays in 4:05 to score a touchdown. The Buckeyes were lifted by a spectacular catch from Harrison – which has now become routine – that put them inside Michigan territory. A few plays later, Stroud connected with Emeka Egbuka for a 4-yard score.
Can we interest anyone in Marvin Harrison Jr.? pic.twitter.com/CKgrojUecj— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 26, 2022
Ohio State strikes first. pic.twitter.com/E5EuweTLZc— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 26, 2022
The Buckeyes' next drive was not as successful. Ohio State moved the ball into the red zone again, but this time was stifled by Michigan's defense and forced to settle for a 32-yard field goal from Noah Ruggles.
Noah Ruggles is as good as they come. pic.twitter.com/0BGEheBNWf— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 26, 2022
Ohio State's defense was not without its highlights, either, as Zach Harrison made his presence felt in the Michigan backfield. The fourth-year defensive end swatted a pass by quarterback J.J. McCarthy behind the line of scrimmage that helped the Buckeyes force a three-and-out on the Wolverines' possession.
Zach Harrison swatted this pass. Somebody check the PSI of that ball. pic.twitter.com/zwSkHvnepZ— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 26, 2022
The final scoring play of the half for both teams was Harrison's second highlight play of the afternoon. Stroud connected with the second-year receiver on a 42-yard deep ball that capped off a four-play, 79-yard drive that only took up 1:31 of game time.
Marvin Harrison Jr. is the best receiver in America. Hand him the Biletnikoff right now. pic.twitter.com/Je1qvBT3fm— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 26, 2022
Ohio State leads Michigan 20-17 at the break. The Wolverines will start with the ball in the second half.