Jody Victor : Buckeyes Win Outright Big Ten Title

Jody Victor: Jim Tressel became the first Ohio State coach to beat Michigan six times in seven years, and the seventh-ranked Buckeyes' 14-3 victory Saturday over their archrival, Michigan, 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 Michigan's banged-up 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 games, 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 them to a bowl game prior to New Year's Day.

The game 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.

Michigan led 3-0 after the first quarter, but the Buckeyes controlled the game by stopping a one-dimensional offense and handing the ball off to Wells early and often.

Wells put Ohio State ahead with a 1-yard run early in the second quarter and a 62-yard score made it 14-3 on their first snap after halftime. He had a career-high 39 carries, the most by a Buckeye against Michigan, and he ran for more yards than anybody had for them in the history of the storied series.

Ohio State has claimed three Big Ten titles in a row, earning the last two alone for the first time since 1954-55.

Go Bucks!

Jody Victor