Ohio State beat Michigan after barely converting a gutsy fourth-down play in double-overtime

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Second-ranked Ohio State kept their national championship hopes alive by converting a fourth-down play and beating their rival, No. 3 Michigan, in double-overtime.

After both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime, including a five-yard touchdown pass by Michigan on their own fourth down, the Wolverines started the second overtime with a field goal to take a 27-24 lead.

Ohio State then needed a field goal to force a third overtime. On third down from the 24-yard line, a wild scramble by Curtis Samuel turned a sure loss into an eight-yard gain. The Buckeyes faced a fourth-and-one from the 16-yard line. But with Ohio State kicker Tyler Durbin missing two short field goals earlier in the game — but also hitting a field goal to force overtime at the end of regulation Urban Meyer decided to go for it on fourth down.

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COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Noah Brown #80 of the Ohio State Buckeyes catches a pass in overtime against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Mike Weber #25 of the Ohio State Buckeyes rushes the ball against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Delano Hill #44 of the Michigan Wolverines breaks up a pass to Curtis Samuel #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the fourth quarter of their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Nick Bosa #97 and Jalyn Holmes #11 of the Ohio State Buckeyes sack Wilton Speight #3 of the Michigan Wolverines in their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Curtis Samuel #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scores the winning touchdown in double overtime against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines argues a call on the sideline during the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jabrill Peppers #5 hits Ohio State Buckeyes safety Eric Glover-Williams #19 during the second quarter on November 26, 2016, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, OH. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Michigan Wolverines quarterback Wilton Speight #3 passes the ball during the first quarter of the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 26, 2016, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, OH. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Mike McCray #9 of the Michigan Wolverines sacks J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half of their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines rushes the ball during the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Cameron Johnston #95 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is tackled by several Michigan Wolverines players during the second half of their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: De'Veon Smith #4 of the Michigan Wolverines rushes the ball during the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up on the field prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett kept the ball out of the shotgun and tried to run for the first down. Needing to reach the 15-yard line, Barrett was stopped right at the marker when he ran into the back of a teammate. Officials initially ruled he had made a first down.

ABC cameras did not have a good view of the run that showed definitively whether or not Barrett reached the first-down marker. However, it does look like his forward progress reached the 15 and at the very least there was not enough to overturn the call.

Officials reviewed the play and determined there was not enough evidence to overturn, ruling that the call on the field — a first down — would stand.

On the very next play, Samuel ran the ball in from 15 yards out and Ohio State won the game.

With the win, Ohio State keeps their College Football Playoff hopes alive. The loss by Michigan knocks them out of the Big Ten championship game and likely out of the playoff picture.

Ohio State will go to the Big Ten title game if Penn State loses to Michigan State later in the day.

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