In the fourth quarter, the Buckeyes went up by a score, as Dobbins made big plays down the field for some nice yardage including a 21-yarder with 2:09 left in the first half to force Ohio State for a field goal from 34 In the third quarter, Fields intercepted Michigan’s Nick Mangold at the Michigan 9 and returned the interception 44 yards to the 18 where he was also sacked by Mangold and Michigan. Dobbins also intercepted a Wolverines pass on the return to the same formation In the second half, Michigan’s Kain Colter drove the Buckeyes down the field to lead them to a field goal In the third quarter, Ohio State rushed 32 times and completed 10 of them, for 119 yards and two first downs. After being behind 24-3 on the ground midway through the first quarter, the Buckeyes started out the second half in reverse and pushed back into the lead with 2:04 left in the third, as they scored on three early downs. However, after completing another 13-play, 66-yard drive that drove them down the field to get to the Michigan 35, Dobbins threw for a season high-tying 46 yards to John Tressel to start the fourth quarter and then scored a fourth-quarter TD on a 19-yard run to get Michigan back in the game, 25-21.
As the game clock was winding down, Ohio State’s offense took a step back, as it put only three first downs on the ground and started an onside kick to go by, giving Michigan a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. The Wolverines scored three touchdowns and went up by 10, but Ohio State took advantage of a missed opening kickoff to drive down the field to score on one more first down and then take a 7-yard lead with 7:29 left in the fourth, as Joe Schobert knocked the ball from behind the line of scrimmage back to Schobert for a touchdown, putting the Buckeyes up 41-21 in the fourth, when Dobbins threw four touchdown passes to Fields at the end of a 12-play, 76-yard drive in which Dobbins completed passes to each of the three receivers who had gone yards to give Ohio State a 20-7 lead with 8:06 remaining in the game. Dobbins completed passes to all of them and three of them were first downs in the fourth, including Dobbins’ 28-yard bomb to John Taylor, who was covered by Colter, for the first point of Ohio State’s final drive. Dobbins also had a 28-yard pass to Tressel, who was hit by Mangold on the play.
That was Dobbins’ fourth career 100-yard game, and the second time he had at least 50 in a season in 2008 (at Nebraska in 2009) or 2009 (at Nebraska in 2006) That game was also a huge reason why his former OSU quarterback, Mark Rypien, joined the NFL team that hired him after winning a pair of Super Bowls. Rypien (of the 49ers, Jets and Colts) threw for 454 yards and five touchdowns in a game against Indiana on the way to a 45-39 win He finished his career 23-7 as a starter with the 49ers and was a two-time All-Pro with the 49ers and Jets He signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and had a nice season in 2011 with Baltimore (20-21 as a starter and with 5 TDs and three interceptions), but got cut by Baltimore after four games because of a concussion suffered in April of 2011 Dobbins joined the Colts, where he played in their wild-card playoff game against Kansas City to close out 2011, finishing the season 20-44 as a starter and with seven interceptions He appeared in all 16 games as a third-stringer and threw for 451 yards and four scores, including 38, 19 and 7 yards in four of those four games He started six games in 2012 and passed for a team-high 807 yards and four touchdowns while setting himself up to be a very good backup if Rypien struggled as a starter in 2013 Dobbins, a four-year starter, started 34-of-38 games at Michigan, where he won two Big Ten titles with three conference championships He also played in the Outback Bowl against Oregon in 2011 Dobbins earned second-team All-Big Ten honorable mention as a senior Although he was largely a backup that year as a member of the Wolverines, he completed 60.6% of his passes with two interceptions and five TDs and ran for another 15 yards, leading his team to a nine-win season and their first-ever Rose Bowl Overall, he ranks third in career passing efficiency (158.1) … Dobbins ranks fourth in career completion percentage (70.2), seventh