ANN ARBOR, Mich. —Terrelle Pryor is thankful he chose to play at Ohio State, instead of for Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines.
Pryor threw a touchdown for the final score in the third quarter and avoided making many mistakes to help the ninth-ranked Buckeyes beat Michigan 21-10 Saturday for its sixth straight win in the series and an outright Big Ten title.
"I'm glad I'm on this side," Pryor said.
Ohio State (10-2, 7-1) has won five straight conference championships and will play in the Rose Bowl with a five-game winning streak.
"When you're undefeated in November, good things are going to happen over the holidays," coach Jim Tressel said.
Michigan wouldn't know.
The Wolverines lost their last five games and beat only Delaware State after September to finish 5-7. College football's winningest program has endured consecutive losing years for the first time since the 1962-63 seasons.
Freshman Tate Forcier threw four interceptions and fumbled in his end zone, spoiling Michigan's chances of an upset it needed to become bowl-eligible.
"I lost that game," Forcier wrote in a text message to The Associated Press about an hour after the game. "This offseason, I'm gonna make sure myself and every single person on this team works the hardest we have ever worked.
"We're gonna come back a new team. I'm not going to let this happen again."
Michigan's flop followed a school-record nine-loss year in Rodriguez's debut in Ann Arbor.
"I'm tired of being humbled," Rodriguez said.
"This is what you dream of," Coleman said. "I'm able to say I left a lasting legacy against Michigan."