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Michigan vs. Ohio State: Wolverines defense roughs up Braxton Miller

Early in the third quarter, Michigan is in a fight with rival Ohio State, trailing 23-21. The Wolverines defense has had a strong afternoon, including one particularly big hit on Buckeyes' quarterback Braxton Miller.

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Michigan trails rival Ohio State 23-21 in the third quarter, and part of the reason the game is so close is because of strong play from both the Wolverines offense and defense. While stars like Devin Gardner and Denard Robinson have received a share of the headlines, the defense has been especially strong, including one particularly devastating hit on Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller by linebacker Frank Martin:

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Miller was temporarily shaken up after the play, but returned to the Buckeyes sideline under his own power.

On offense, Michigan has relied on the big play, with two of their three touchdowns coming on plays of 67 yards or more. The first came on a deep Roy Roundtree touchdown catch from Gardner, and the second on a 67-yard run courtesy of Robinson, to give the Wolverines a halftime lead. Gardner also added a one-yard scoring run.

Meanwhile, the Wolverines will have to continue to play tough against Miller and the Buckeyes, who have proven the ability to put up points in a hurry all season long. Miller threw for a first half touchdown.