No. 2 Ohio State beats No. 3 Michigan in 2OT, 30-27

Curtis Samuel swept in for a 15-yard game-winning touchdown

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2014, file photo, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer looks on in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland in College Park, Md. Most of his standout players from last year's national championship team are back. But that hasn't kept coach Urban Meyer from driving his Ohio State players hard during spring workouts to avoid complacency. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)
(AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Curtis Samuel swept in for a 15-yard touchdown after Ohio State barely converted a fourth-and-1 and the second-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 3 Michigan 30-27 in double overtime Saturday to win one of the greatest games in the history of one of college football’s greatest rivalries.

Facing fourth-and-1 from the 16, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer decided not to kick a potential game-tying field goal with a kicker who had already missed two short ones in regulation.

J.T. Barrett kept it on fourth down and slammed into the back of his blocker, A.J. Alexander, right at the line to gain. The first-down call stood up to video review.

On the next play, Samuel, who had made a swerving, change-of-direction run to set up the fourth-and-1, found a lane and raced into the end zone to win it.

The scarlet-clad crowd soon covered the field. The first game to go to overtime in the 113-game history of the rivalry likely eliminated Michigan from the playoff race and could have locked up a spot for the Buckeyes.

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