Michigan football: Did controversial referee calls contribute to win over Ohio State?

Ann Arbor, Michigan - The Ohio State-Michigan football showdown is buzzing with controversy, with disputed Michigan plays sparking debate over whether it helped the Wolverines defeat the Buckeyes.

The Ohio State-Michigan showdown is buzzing with controversy after a Michigan touchdown sparked debate over whether it should have been ruled a Buckeye interception.
The Ohio State-Michigan showdown is buzzing with controversy after a Michigan touchdown sparked debate over whether it should have been ruled a Buckeye interception.  © EZRA SHAW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

In the second quarter, Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy pulled off a seamless pass to receiver Roman Wilson for a touchdown, dodging two Ohio State defenders.

Here's the kicker: McCarthy's throw? Top-notch. But the replay? Not so crystal clear. Wilson's grip on the ball was a bit of a head-scratcher, thanks to Denzel Burke, who snatched it away in the end zone.

Still, in a twist that left many college football fans' eyebrows raised, the refs in Ann Arbor stuck to their guns, keeping that touchdown ruling intact.

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Buckeye head coach Ryan Day couldn't resist adding fuel to the fire. He was fuming, firmly convinced it should've been an interception for the Buckeyes.

Wilson's touchdown led Michigan to a 14-3 lead before the Buckeyes quickly came back, scoring a touchdown of their own with receiver Emeka Egbucka closing the gap to 14-10.

With Michigan holding onto a slim 4-point lead, Ohio State geared up for an intense second half in the ultimate college football rivalry showdown, aiming to wipe away the Wolverines' advantage. However, the Buckeyes couldn't pull through as they fell short to the Wolverines 30-24.

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In the heated Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, a number of disputable calls emerged in the second half.
In the heated Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, a number of disputable calls emerged in the second half.  © EZRA SHAW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

Oftentimes, referee decisions play a crucial role in determining the outcomes of the most significant games of the year, potentially influencing whether a team wins or loses.

In the heated Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, a number of disputable calls emerged in the second half, leaving football fans raising eyebrows in response.

A pivotal moment in Saturday's game went unnoticed by officials, potentially altering the course of the matchup.

During a crucial third-down play for Michigan, quarterback JJ McCarthy completed a three-yard pass to Cornelius Johnson, securing a new set of downs.

However, before making the catch, Johnson pushed off his defender to gain separation, a move that should have resulted in offensive pass interference. Despite the clear infraction, the referees chose to overlook the shove, leaving the football world displeased with the officiating oversight.

For the first time since 1997, Michigan has defeated Ohio State in three straight seasons. Next weekend, the Wolverines will play Iowa in the Big Ten Championships, where they defeated the Hawkeyes in 2021 for the conference title.

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