J.J. McCarthy wasn't the most decorated quarterback on the field before Saturday's clash with Ohio State, and he wasn't even his team's biggest star. He Left Ohio Stadium With Running Back Donovan Edwards As A Michigan Legend. McCarthy threw three long touchdown passes and added a scoring run early in the fourth quarter and Edwards broke up on two long touchdown runs as No. 3 Michigan defeated No. 2 Ohio State 45–23, their second straight upset in the rivalry. . Playing almost the entire game without star Blake Corum, Michigan had five touchdowns of 45 yards or more and four touchdowns of 69 yards or more to stun the Buckeyes. (Michigan Defeated Ohio State For Its Second Consecutive Win In The Rivalry.) "Freshman starter, I don't think there's any freshman starter in Michigan history who's won 12 games, 12–0," said coach Jim Harbaugh. "And to play well in his first game, starting at Ohio State against Ohio State. Everybody on our team knows that." Michigan advanced to the Big Ten Championship next week in Indianapolis, where it would face Purdue. The Wolverines (12-0) could win back-to-back Big Ten titles for the first time since 1992. They won at Ohio Stadium for the first time since 2000, which also represented their last winning streak in the rivalry (two games). Ohio State had won 29 straight Big Ten home games prior to Saturday, dating back to the 2015 season. Corum, Edwards and the running game had led the offense for most of the season and questions were raised about the efficiency and potential of Michigan's passing game. Entering the game, McCarthy was 88th among all FBS quarterbacks in total passing yards, while Corum came up in the Heisman Trophy conversation. (Michigan Defeated Ohio State For Its Second Consecutive Win In The Rivalry.) Despite Questions And Doubts From Outside, Mccarthy Said He Always Trusted His Teammates And Himself. McCarthy said, "I never let him in. He was always going to keep shooting." “I always believed in each of my boys and myself 100 percent, and to be able to do it today, it was very special. It was really very special and there are still a lot of things we need to work on And get better, but it's great to see it finally come true." The matchup marked only the fourth time since 1935 that both Michigan and Ohio State entered their games without losses or ties. Ohio State (11–1) was 6–0 at home against Michigan when both teams were in the top 5 AP spots. Harbaugh, who lost his first five games to Ohio State, has now won one contest after another. Ohio State coach Ryan Day fell to 1–2 against the Wolverines. The Buckeyes will have to wait until next week to find out if they qualify for the College Football Playoff as an overall pick, which they last did in 2016. "This is life at Ohio State," Day said. "I certainly know what this game means to everybody, so when you lose, it all comes back to me; I'm the head coach. That's probably the thing that hurts the most. gives." Both Day and defensive coordinator Jim Knowles were comfortable with Ohio State's performance in the first half, noting that nearly all of Michigan's offense came on McCarthy's two long touchdown passes. (Michigan Defeated Ohio State For Its Second Consecutive Win In The Rivalry.) Knowles said, "There's nothing to worry about." "Then in the second half, they had some big runs. It's just disappointing. I have to take the blame for that. I just have to do a better job. That's the history of explosive plays." After the Buckeyes cut their deficit to eight points midway through the fourth quarter, Michigan mounted a comeback with a 75-yard touchdown run by Edwards. Edwards added an 85-yard touchdown run as the Ohio State fans headed for the exits. Day said, "It was a bad tackle on the first play, then I got beat on a double move on the second play, and then there were some misfits in the running game." "Obviously the first thing we have to do to win games like this is play great defense. Other than a few plays in the first half, I felt like we did that, but not in the second half." Michigan knew it had to beat Ohio State to get back in the conference championship game. McCarthy acknowledged the importance of the win, but also stressed that the season was not over. During Michigan's post-game news conference, he grabbed his hat, emblazoned with the Big Ten East champion on the front, and threw it on the table. He was upbeat about the win but said that the team is not complete yet and that his goals for the season are still ahead of him. (Michigan Defeated Ohio State For Its Second Consecutive Win In The Rivalry.) "It was great, obviously getting the win, every win is great and especially this one, but at the end of the day, it's not where we wanted to be and then we came here, all the players were focused and were determined to win.