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Michigan Makes Crushing Mistake Late In 2nd Quarter vs. Ohio State

Khaleke Hudson of the Michigan Wolverines in coverage.

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: Khaleke Hudson #7 of the Michigan Wolverines in action during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 62-39. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

If Michigan wants to knock off No. 1 Ohio State today, the Wolverines have to avoid big mistakes. They didn't do that in the second quarter just now.

First, the Wolverines turned the ball over deep in enemy territory when quarterback Shea Patterson dropped a snap and OSU defensive lineman Robert Landers recovered. But the more fatal error occurred a few plays later.

After the turnover, the Wolverines actually forced a punt near midfield. However, linebacker Khaleke Hudson was called for an offsides penalty on the play, giving the Buckeyes a first down.

Instead of getting the ball back, Michigan now had to go back on the field and play defense. A couple of plays later, J.K. Dobbins was in the end zone for the third time, putting Ohio State up 28-13.

The miscues by Patterson and Hudson cost the Wolverines dearly, though Patterson redeemed himself with a scoring drive on the final possession of the half. A chip shot field goal by Quinn Nordin trimmed the Buckeyes' lead to 28-16.

Ohio State gets the ball to begin the third quarter, and the first drive of the second half will be absolutely critical for both teams.