No. 9 Ohio State masters MI with backup QB

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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer seethed through his postgame news conference after the Buckeyes 31-20 win over MI on Saturday, furious over what he said was a knee injury suffered by J.T. Barrett before the game.

MI held the Buckeyes to minus-6 yards in the first quarter. He engineered a 78-yard touchdown march to close the third quarter, capped by a J.K. Dobbins run and then led the Buckeyes on a field goal drive that saw Sean Nuernberger boot a 44-yarder to make it 24-20 with 4:29 to go in the third.

Haskins, a redshirt freshman, took full advantage of his chance to play. He finished 3-for-8 passing for 30 yards and a touchdown, with 15 carries for 67 yards and a TD in the 31-20 Ohio State win. MI is just 1-13 vs. Ohio State in the last 14 meetings, and Jim Harbaugh has yet to defeat OSU since his arrival in Ann Arbor.

The stars aligned for MI to finally get off the snide against Ohio State.

The Ohio State Buckeyes proved the old adage of their former coach, Woody Hayes, to be true against their most heated rivals, the Michigan Wolverines, at Michigan Stadium Saturday. He stayed down on the field before limping off, and he did not return after he was replaced by Dwayne Haskins.

Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst has a tackle for loss in all but two games this season. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Meyer was unsure of Barrett's status heading into the Big Ten title game against Wisconsin next weekend.

MI quarterback John O'Korn completed 17 of 32 passes for 195 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

The ensuing extra point game the Buckeyes a 21-20 advantage over MI. A 13-play, 77-yard drive gave the Wolverines a 7-0 lead at the 6:02 mark of the first quarter.

Haskins was off the mark with his pass on third-and-five, but a defensive hold gave the Buckeyes an automatic first down.

Donovan Peoples-Jones returned a punt 42 yards during the closing seconds of the quarter. After another dispiriting defeat to Urban Meyer's team, though, Jim Harbaugh has to be wondering if the football gods just won't allow the Wolverines to beat the Buckeyes for the first time in six tries.

JP: Warmer temperatures for the weekend
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies and a few late day showers will be possible, with a high temperature of 56 degrees. Temperatures will jump to the middle 50s as we head back to work and school Monday , and continue into Tuesday .