ANN ARBOR, Mich. - It all came down to one play.
One play to give Michigan the victory over its biggest rival, to end Ohio State's 23-game unbeaten streak.
That one play was picked off.
Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde (34) reacts after a touchdown in the second half against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday. Hyde set an Ohio State record for rushing yards against Michigan as the Buckeyes defeated Michigan, 42-41.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke made one of the gutsiest calls of his career, going for a two-point conversion after his team scored its final touchdown of the game, making the score 42-41 with 32 seconds remaining. Then the question was posed - tie the game with a PAT or go for the win with the 2-point conversion?
For Hoke and the Wolverines, going for the win was a no-brainer.
"Ohio State's head coach called timeout," Michigan senior lineman Taylor Lewan said. "We went over, and he (Hoke) asked us as seniors, 'Do you want to go for it?' and I don't think there was one guy that said no. Every single person said yes. We were behind the coaches 100 percent. We fight for them and our brothers."
Everyone in Michigan Stadium was prepared for the pass, as the Wolverines had burned Ohio State all day in the air.
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner tried to find Drew Dileo in the end zone, but Ohio State's Tyvis Powell intercepted the Gardner pass and sealed the second-straight victory for Ohio State against the rival Wolverines.
Looking back at the play, Hoke wouldn't have changed the call.
"No, like I said, we weren't doing a good job of slowing them down," Hoke said. "We wanted to win the football game."
PLAY NICE, BOYS: No one ever said that Ohio State and Michigan were friendly rivals. That point was made quite clear at the beginning of the second quarter.
After Michigan took a 21-14 lead, tempers flared between the teams and a melee quickly ensued after Ohio State's Dontre Wilson returned a kickoff 16 yards.
There was pushing, shoving and Michigan's Royce Jenkins-Stone ripped off Wilson's helmet. While many players from both teams were involved in the shoving match, Wilson and fellow Buckeye Marcus Hill threw punches, and along with Jenkins-Stone, were all ejected from the game.
To add more fuel to the fire, when leaving the field, Hall walked into the tunnel to the locker room and displayed two middle fingers in the air toward Michigan fans. The picture of Hall doing so went viral on the internet and social media sites within seconds of the gesture.
It is unknown if the players ejected will face further discipline. Ohio State will play next week in the Big Ten Championship against Michigan State. Michigan is bowl eligible.
CLOSING THE GAP: Saturday's game was the 110th meeting between the two rivals.
Overall, Michigan still leads the series, 58-46-6. However, since 2000, Ohio State has dominated the series. In that time span, Ohio State leads the series 10-3, which includes the vacated year of 2010.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is now 2-0 against the Wolverines. Hoke is 1-2.
THE GAME NOTES: Ohio State has now won its 24th straight game, the longest active winning streak in the country. The 83 combined points the two teams scored was the second most ever tallied in the rivalry. The most was 86 in 1902. With his 226-yard performance against the Wolverines, running back Carlos Hyde became the first OSU back to record more than 200 yards on the ground against Michigan since Chris "Beanie" Wells did so in 2007. That year, Wells ran for 222. The 226 yards Hyde put up was the most any OSU running back has ever tallied against the Wolverines.