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Halftime: Ohio State 24, Michigan 7

11/27/2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Quick thoughts at halftime from Ohio Stadium, where the eighth-ranked Buckeyes used a big second quarter to jump on rival Michigan for a 24-7 lead.

Turning point: After Michigan scored to cut its deficit to 10-7, Ohio State's Jordan Hall returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Both of Ohio State's first two touchdowns came courtesy of Michigan special teams miscues. A shanked punt set up a short field for Ohio State, which drove 35 yards to take a 10-0 lead.

Stat of the half: Michigan reached Ohio State territory on five drives in the first half but came away with only seven points. The Wolverines committed two turnovers (both fumbles) in Buckeyes' territory.

Best player in the half: Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Aside from an interception on the final play, Pryor performed well. He completed 15 of 21 passes for 196 yards and two scores, and added 29 rushing yards. Ohio State receiver Dane Sanzenbacher is continuing his brilliant senior season with three catches for 71 yards and a touchdown.