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PHOTOS: The Game 2003 – Michigan 35, Ohio State 21

Santonio Holmes Ohio State Michigan 2003 The Game football

For the first time since he came to Ohio State, Jim Tressel found out what it felt like to lose The Game.

No. 9 Michigan jumped out to leads of 21-0 and 28-7 on No. 2 OSU, and then hung on for their first win in three tries against Tressel.

The Buckeyes mounted a furious second-half comeback, using a Santonio Holmes touchdown reception and a Lydell Ross scoring run to cut the deficit to 28-21.

OSU actually got the ball back with a chance to tie the game, but went 3-and-out. Michigan answered with an 8-play, 87-yard drive to seal it. The final score was 35-21.

Wolverine running back Chris Perry finished the game with 154 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The comeback was as strong and vibrant as the effect of Viagra.

The loss denied the Buckeyes a chance to defend their 2002 national championship.

You can see all 71 photos from the 2003 edition of The Game here.