It's been awhile since Ohio State football has been on the wrong end of a game with Michigan.
In fact, Ohio State will attempt to win their ninth straight game against the Wolverines on Saturday, the 117th time the two schools have played one another in football. This year's matchup has the added bonus of both schools being ranked the top-five of the College Football Playoff.
The last time both schools played while being ranked in the top 10 was 2016, when No. 6 Ohio State beat No. 10 Michigan 30-27. That game went to two overtimes before Curtis Samuel scored from 15-yards out to knock off Michigan.
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In 2011, Ohio State was in a transition year, but so was Michigan, who hosted the game on Nov. 26. Here are five things to remember about the 2011 game.
It was Brady Hoke and Luke Fickell's first Ohio State-Michigan game
Fickell, and former OSU player, was the interim head coach of the Buckeyes and he went 6-7 in 2011. He had been Jim Tressel's defensive coordinator from 2005-2010 and after serving as head coach he returned to that job before becoming the University of Cincinnati head coach in 2017.
Hoke was hired to replace Rich Rodriguez, who lasted just three seasons, and came from San Diego State (where Hoke is once again coaching in 2021).
Michigan's Denard Robinson had himself a football game
Robinson maybe most remembered for being the last NCAA College Football video game cover athlete, but he was spectacular against the Buckeyes in 2011.
Robinson rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries and added three more touchdowns through the air. He was 14-of-17 passing for 167 yards.
A junior in 2011, Robinson would go on to be one of the productive players in Michigan history and was voted by fans to be on the cover of the popular video game. While EA Sports announced they are bringing the game back, Robinson remains the last player to be on the cover.
Braxton Miller wasn't bad either for Ohio State
Miller, then a freshman, threw an interception in the game but overall was solid. He finished with 235 yards passing with two touchdowns and 100 yards rushing on 16 carries.
As a sophomore under new coach Urban Meyer in 2012, Miller led OSU to an undefeated season.
He was expected to be the starting quarterback of the 2014 team until an injury in the preseason cost him his season. After redshirting, he returned in 2015 as a wide receiver as J.T. Barrett continued as the starter.
Only 3 future NFL first round picks played in the game
Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby and Taylor Lewan were on Ohio State and Michigan rosters in 2011.
Lewan, the Michigan starting left tackle, was taken 11th in 2014 by the Tennessee Titans.
Ohio State linebacker Shazier was the 15th pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Roby, an OSU defensive back, was the 31st pick by the Denver Broncos.
No one from Ohio State or Michigan were taken in the first round of the 2012 or 2013 drafts.
Ohio State led Michigan at halftime 24-23
The Buckeyes trailed 16-7 after the first quarter but took a 24-23 lead into the half.
Robinson connected with Martavious Odoms for 20-yards in the third quarter to give Michigan the lead and the two teams both scored 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Dan Herron's 4-yard touchdown cut Michigan's fourth quarter lead to 37-34, but the wolverines scored a Brendan Gibbons 43-yard field goal with 1:59 to make the game 40-34.
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