Ohio State had to push past MI without quarterback J.T. Barrett, who left in the third quarter with a right knee injury. Freshman JK Dobbins spearheaded a dominant Buckeyes running game with 101 yards on 15 carries, but it was another first-year player who loomed even larger to his team's comeback win against a long-time rival on the road.
Barrett's run cut Michigan's lead down to one score, 14-7, with 9:50 to play in the first half. He also ran for 67 yards and a touchdown.
Cardale Jones then stepped at quarterback and led Ohio State to the national championship.
Back up quarterback, redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins, takes over and leads the Buckeyes to the end zone.
Barrett has totaled more than 11,000 yards and 142 touchdowns combined rushing and passing in his career. Ohio State trailed 20-14 at the time, leading a frenzied crowd of fans at the Big House to believe that the Wolverines had suddenly gained control of the game.More news: Snoop Dogg curses out Trump in heated video defending LaVar Ball
Initially, Ohio State took possession of the ball on a punt with a modest return.
The ensuing extra point game the Buckeyes a 21-20 advantage over MI. However, before the Buckeyes could get off a snap, they were twice penalized for false starts.
Key play: Two interceptions.
The Wolverines had an answer in the third quarter when Karan Higdon capped a 51-yard drive with a 2-yard scoring plunge, but Quinn Nordin's extra point was blocked.
Sean Nuernberger's 44-yard field goal, set up by a 29-yard pass from Haskins to K.J. Hill, made it 24-20 with 10:21 left.