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ATLANTA Ohio State beat Michigan for the sixth time in seven years to win the outright Big Ten Title, and it moved back up to No. 3 in the latest Master Coaches Poll. The Ohio State defense, led by defensive coordinator Jim Heacock, held their archrival to just 91 yards of total offense in the Big House on Saturday afternoon.
The Michigan offense was never able to get in rhythm on a wet day in Ann Arbor. Heacock’s defense held Mike Hart to just 44 yards on 18 carries in his final regular season game, and senior quarterback Chad Henne managed just 76 yards through the air. The Buckeye defense forced 12 Michigan punts in the game as well.
“Coach Heacock’s defense has been the strong point for Ohio State all year long,” said Master Coach Dick MacPherson. “I think the Buckeyes are in the best position of any other Top 5 team, because they are the only team in the group that has completed their schedule. The way this year has gone, anything can happen.”
For his team’s outstanding defensive effort, Coach Jim Heacock is awarded the “MCS Nike Game Ball” for the National Defensive Coordinator of the Week.
Each week during the 2007 college football season, the 17 Master Football Coaches will award an MCS Nike Game Ball to the respective schools of a National Offensive,
Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week. The Master Coaches will also present a game ball to the offensive and defensive coordinator whose game plans made the biggest impact in their respective teams’ victory.
In addition to Coach Heacock, the Master Football Coaches will also award MCS Nike Game Balls to Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, Arizona defensive back Antoine Cason, Missouri wide receiver/kicker returner Jeremy Maclin and Indiana Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada.