Ohio State 25, Michigan 21
Several Ohio State Buckeyes were smiling and sweating in a cramped interview room, sporting Big Ten championship hats and T-shirts. They can thank Troy Smith.
Smith threw for a career-high 300 yards and a touchdown and scored once on the ground, leading No. 9 Ohio State to a 25-21 win over No. 17 Michigan on Saturday and a share of the conference title.
Antonio Pittman's three-yard run with 24 seconds left capped an 88-yard drive that included a series of spectacular plays by Smith.
Smith spun to avoid a sack and made an 11-yard pass early in the drive and eluded another loss with quick feet, buying enough time to complete a 26-yard pass to set up Pittman's winning run.
"There will be a lot of No. 10 jerseys and a lot of kids on Thanksgiving weekend trying to make those moves in a pile of leaves," Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel said.
Ohio State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) overcame a slew of mistakes just in time to clinch a piece of the Big Ten title for the first time since winning the 2002 national title.
While the Buckeyes traveled home by bus, they found out they had to share the championship with Penn State, which won at Michigan State, 31-22.
The Nittany Lions will earn the automatic Bowl Championship Series bid because they beat Ohio State.