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3 Up, 3 Down: Ohio State 26, Michigan 21

11/24/2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A few things Ohio State will feel good about and some issues that could have potentially kept them from finishing off a perfect season with a 26-21 win over rival Michigan on Saturday afternoon:

THREE UP

1. Mission accomplished: The Buckeyes could have let adversity and the lack of a postseason ahead of them affect them any number of times this season, and there was no shortage of potential distractions against the Wolverines, either. But time after time, first-year coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State rallied around each other and found a way to get the job done -- and the perfect campaign they just finished won't be forgotten any time soon. It also provides a pretty good springboard into Meyer's second season, which won't include a postseason ban.

2. Air raid: The combination of Michigan's statistically elite passing defense and Braxton Miller's inconsistent performances through the air this season wasn't supposed to be a good matchup for the Buckeyes. And while the rushing attack still paced Ohio State, Miller turned in perhaps his most efficient outing with his arm all season in completing 14 of his 18 attempts for 189 yards and a touchdown. Miller also showed some maturity in throwing the ball away on a couple occasions, ending his second season as a starter clearly a better quarterback than when it started.