After Ohio State’s stunning upset loss to Michigan State last week, some questioned whether the Buckeyes would mentally give up on the season.



After running back Ezekiel Elliott’s scathing criticism of the OSU play-calling against the Spartans, some wondered how the NFL-bound junior would respond.



After Jim Harbaugh took over as coach at the University of Michigan this season, national analysts wondered if the recently one-sided rivalry with Ohio State would find new life.



The No. 8 Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1) responded to all those uncertainties with a statement game against No. 10 Michigan on Saturday in Michigan Stadium, rolling over the Wolverines 42-13 to keep alive their hopes for a spot in next weekend’s Big Ten Championship Game for at least a few hours.



No. 5 Michigan State could nail down the East Division’s spot against undefeated Iowa with a victory over Penn State in a 3:30 p.m. game in East Lansing.



Ohio State won its fourth consecutive game against Michigan and 13th in the last 15 games dating back to ex-coach Jim Tressel’s first year in Columbus in 2001.



After managing just 132 yards total offense last week against Michigan State, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer made a drastic change, sending offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Ed Warinner to the press box to call plays for the first time this season. Warinner had preferred to remain on the sideline with his linemen. For the latter part of the season, co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tim Beck had called the plays from the booth, although OSU coach Urban Meyer was included in the collaboration with Warinner and Beck.



Elliott finished the day with 214 rushing yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns, while quarterback J.T. Barrett contributed 139 yards on the ground and three scores.



After a slow start for Elliott, he busted loose for a 66-yard run during a 94-yard drive to OSU’s first score. Blocks by tight ends Nick Vannett and Marcus Baugh and receiver Michael Thomas helped spring Elliott loose down the left sideline. Barrett scored on a 7-yard run to give OSU a 7-0 lead.



The drive was also aided by a roughing the punter call on Michigan.



Ohio State allowed Michigan to convert 3-of-4 third downs on a 72-yard drive on its next possession, but the Wolverines were held to a 25-yard field goal by Kenny Allen.



OSU’s offense seemed to find its rhythm on a 75-yard drive later in the second quarter as the Buckeyes picked up all but 6 yards on the ground. Barrett gashed Michigan for gains of 25 and 16 yards and Elliott high stepped into the end zone for a 5-yard TD and a 14-3 lead.



But Ohio State’s problems with poor tackling and getting off the field on third down aided Michigan’s 92-yard TD march just before halftime. Michigan cut Ohio State’s lead to 14-10 on quarterback Jake Rudock’s 5-yard pass to receiver Jehu Chesson.



Ohio State extended its lead to 21-10 on its first possession of the second half. Barrett found Jalin Marshall for a 25-yard TD pass despite tight coverage by cornerback Jeremy Clark.



The third-quarter roll continued for OSU, which boosted its lead to 28-10 on Barrett’s 13-yard scoring run with 1:45 left in the period.



Michigan countered with a 27-yard field goal by Allen with 14:44 remaining, but Ohio State wasn’t done, tacking on a 9-yard TD run by Elliott with 12:53 to play.



Ohio State’s 17-14 setback in the driving rain at home against Michigan State severely damaged its hopes of repeating as national champion and also snapped its 23-game winning streak.



Michigan (9-3, 6-2), which lost its season opener at Utah and fell to MSU 27-23 in a stunning final-play fumble return, entered with a four-game winning streak. Last week against Penn State, Rudock became the first quarterback in school history with three straight weeks of over 250 passing yards.



The Wolverines also boasted a defense that had allowed 263.1 yards, second in the NCAA and first in the Big Ten. Michigan’s defense held those same two positions in third-down conversions allowed (23.2 percent). But the Wolverines had no answer for the read option featuring Barrett and Elliott.



It marked the 112th game in the rivalry. In games in Ann Arbor, Michigan now leads 31-22-4. Overall, UM leads 58-47-6.



The Wolverines’ roster includes 21 players from Ohio, including safety Jarrod Wilson of Buchtel, linebacker Ben Gedeon of Hudson, backup kicker Andrew David of Massillon and running back De’Veon Smith of Warren Howland.



Marla Ridenour can be reached at mridenour@thebeaconjournal.com. Read her blog at www.ohio.com/marla. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MRidenourABJ.