ANN ARBOR — For the eighth year in a row, Ohio State defeated Michigan. J.K. Dobbins rushed for 211-yards and four touchdowns in the Buckeyes 56-27 victory on Saturday.

Ohio State broke out to a 26-point second half lead, fended off a mini-Michigan rally and then broke open the game again en route to a 56-27 victory, it’s eighth in a row in the rivalry.

Dobbins and big plays served as the winning matra for Ohio State. Dobbins scored three touchdowns in the first half and ultimately sealed the game with a 35-yard scamper in the middle of the fourth quarter. He totaled 260 yards on the day, the most by an Ohio State player in the series history.

Michigan took the opening kickoff and went right down the field in seven plays and scored on a 22-yard run by Giles Jackson to take a 6-0 lead. The Buckeyes responded with an equally impressive drive as Dobbins accounted for all 79 yards, scoring on a five-yard run.

Two drives later, Fields and wide receiver Chris Olave connected on a 57-yard throw and catch extending the Ohio State lead to 14-6.

Michigan then capped the first quarter with another scoring drive, this time it was Shea Patterson hitting Donovan Peoples-Jones on a 25-yard strike to cut the lead to 14-13.

The Buckeyes marched 75 yards on another nine-play drive at the start of the second quarter to retake a 21-13 lead. Dobbins had 22 yards, including a six-yard TD run, on the drive. The key play on the drive was a 41-yard reception by freshman Garrett Wilson on 2nd and 19.

Ohio State moved out to its largest lead of the game thanks to a pair of Fields TD strikes. The first, a 6-yard toss to K.J. Hill, completed a 6-play, 75-yard drive in just under four minutes. His second scoring pass of the stanza was hauled in by Wilson from 30 yards away, capping a 10-play, 80-yard drive.

Near the end of the quarter Michigan benefited from a muffed punt by Wilson, but could only muster one yard and settled for a 45-yard field by Quinn Nordin.

Dobbin’s 35-yard scamper and dive up the right sideline went for his fourth touchdown and moved him past 200 yards for the day. The scoring run gave Ohio State a 56-27 lead.

“I think we’re getting into the rhythm of playing four-quarter games against really good opponents in a ‘March Madness’ approach,” said Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day. “We’re at this point of the season playing for championships, every game is going to a four-quarter dogfight. I think we are getting into a little bit of a rhythm that way now.”

Ohio State will play Wisconsin for the Big 10 Championship on Saturday. The game will air at 8 p.m. on FOX.

Ohio State 14 14 14 14 - 56

Michigan 13 3 3 8 - 27