Ohio State does it again

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Associated Press
Saturday, November 17, 2007
— Jim Tressel got the best of Lloyd Carr again, maybe for the last time.

Tressel became the first Ohio State football coach to beat Michigan six times in seven years, and the seventh-ranked Buckeyes’ 14-3 victory Saturday over their archrival gave them consecutive outright Big Ten titles for the first time in a half-century.

Chris Wells ran for a career-high 222 yards and two touchdowns and Vernon Gholston and the Buckeyes’ defense dominated a banged up Michigan offense.

The Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) are likely headed to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1997. They also hold onto slim hopes of climbing back into the BCS title game, but several teams ahead of them would need to go down.

A win would’ve put No. 23 Michigan (8-4, 6-2) in Pasadena for the fourth time in five years, but the loss might send it to a bowl game prior to New Year’s Day.

Whatever the case, the Wolverines will head into the postseason with a two-game losing streak. They were hammered 37-21 at Wisconsin before heading home to face the Buckeyes

The game against Ohio State might’ve been Carr’s last regular-season game at Michigan, where the national championship he led the school to in 1997 is a distant memory, while his loss to Appalachian State this year and 1-6 record against Tressel are often mentioned.

Carr led many to believe he would retire after this season when he altered his contract last winter and made sure all of his assistants were given unprecedented, two-year deals in the spring. Speculation has run rampant that the 62-year-old will announce his plans within days.

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