Brand South Africa website hits new record

first_imgBrand South Africa’s official website –http://www.southafrica.info/– posted record figures last month, achieving 2.5 million page impressions in March.Page impressions record the number of pages that were viewed by visitors – translating into hundreds of millions of hits, as each object downloaded on a page is counted as a hit.And in another record, the number of unique visitors going to the site, which is managed by BigMedia, increased to a record 247 000 in March.In comparison, figures from the Online Publishers Association (for October-December 2006) show that http://www.southafrica.info/ was more popular than sites such as:SundayTimes.co.za (Average of 2.2 million page impressions and 211 000 unique visitors). SuperSport.co.za (Average of 1.3 million page impressions and 201 000 unique visitors). BusinessDay.co.za (Average of 1.1 million page impressions and 182 000 unique visitors).Chantal Wellington, the IMC’s e-Communication Manager attributes the popularity of http://www.southafrica.info/ to “its vibe and freshness – at least five new articles are added each day.”In addition to daily updates, http://www.southafrica.info/ contains comprehensive information for foreign and local tourists and investors as well as South Africans living at home and overseas.“The site is both a source of practical ‘how to’ information as well as a comprehensive upbeat commentary of how Alive with Possibility South Africa is,” says Wellington.ENDSDeveloped by Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of the International Marketing Council of South AfricaFor more information, please contact Tumelo Kumalo, IMC Media RelationsTelephone: 011 483 0122/ 084 962 5829Email: [email protected]last_img read more


Western companies look to Africa for investments

first_img27 October 2014Despite the Ebola virus threat in West Africa, there is growing appetite from Western investors for Africa’s markets which promise high returns.Western investors, facing sluggish growth at home, are hoping the continent’s budding markets can help them tap into Africa’s “frontier markets’. Frontier markets, also known as “pre-emerging markets’, are countries with investable stock markets that are less established than those in the emerging markets.This despite the Ebola epidemic which is threatening the economies of not only the three worst affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – but the rest of the region.Speaking to Agence France-Presse (AFP) Hubert Segain, a partner at international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, said Africa has lots of opportunities for fast growth. “The Americans are beginning to look, the whole world is looking, because it’s the last big territory with a lot of opportunities for growth,’ he said.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts despite the heavy economic toll from the Ebola epidemic, sub-Saharan Africa’s economy will expand 5.1% in 2014 and 5.8% in 2015 — the highest growth outside Asia.New appetite for African investmentsThe new appetite for African investments has seen countries across the continent set up stock exchanges, with Mozambique, Uganda and Tanzania being the latest countries to establishing their own markets. The stock exchanges, often governed by more defined rules than private investments, offer African companies a stable and transparent environment to access Western capital.Western stock exchanges are beginning to link with African stock exchanges, encouraging companies to double-list. Segain said more than 10 African companies, or those with assets in Africa, recently listed for the first time on the London Stock Exchange, regarded as one of the world’s largest equity markets.France’s Euronext Paris also recently signed a cooperation agreement deal with Algeria’s stock exchange and also agreed to provide Tunisia and three Middle Eastern exchanges with trading technology.Companies face challenges to double-listAnthony Attia, CE of Euronext Paris, said the exchange operator is looking into double-listing. However, the potential for making profit comes with many challenges.“The first hurdle is seeing Africa as a single entity. It brings together very different geographical areas with varied levels of political and economic stability,” said Attia, adding that liquidity also presents hurdles since there is a limited number of players in Africa’s financial markets.The BRVM exchange based in Cote d’Ivoire, which covers eight West African countries, already gets more than half of its volume from international investors, according to its CE Edoh Kossi Amenounve.BRVM was set up in 1998 and has only 37 companies from eight countries listed. Amenounve believes it will take another five or six years for it to reach a decent size.South Africa has by far the most developed market on the continent, with about 400 companies listed, followed by Egypt and Nigeria, both with about half of that, according to Segain. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is also far and away the largest by market capitalisation, with US$37-million, more than four times as much as its nearest rival Nigeria.SAinfo reporter South African Competitiveness ForumBrand South Africa will host its second South African Competitiveness Forum in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 November 2014 under the theme “Active citizenship and its role in changing the South African brand reality”. Top minds from business, government, civil society and the academic world will come together to discuss our position in the world, and uncover ways to give South Africa a competitive edge on the global stage. Click hereto find out more.Follow the conversation on Twitter via #CompetitiveSA.last_img read more


Ohio Pork Council launches bacon vending machine

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to announce the launch of their Bacon Vending Machine, located in Ohio State University’s Animal Science Building. In honor of finals season, the machine will supply students with ready-to-eat bacon until Dec. 13.“The Bacon Vending Machine is a unique and fun way for the Ohio Pork Council to support Ohio State students and promote the pork industry at the same time,” said Dave Shoup, Ohio Pork Council president-elect.With proceeds from the machine benefitting the meat science program, Hormel, Sugardale and Smithfield donated shelf-stable bacon strips and bits to fill the machine. For just $1, students can “fuel up” with bacon to power through their last two weeks on campus before Christmas break. Members of the meat science program are responsible for stocking and maintaining the machine during its time on campus.“The meat science program is excited to partner with the Ohio Pork Council through the Bacon Vending Machine project,” said Lyda G. Garcia, assistant professor of meat science in the Department of Animal Sciences.Through the Bacon Vending Machine, the Ohio Pork Council is able to promote products of the pork industry while educating consumers about their purchase. In partnership with the We Care initiative, the Bacon Vending Machine supports farmers’ commitment to responsible and ethical animal agriculture to provide consumers with quality products.last_img read more


Precision Ag Workshop with Pheasants Forever

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Precision Ag Workshop is a unique crossover event for conservation and agriculture at the 2019 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic on Friday Feb. 22 in Schaumburg, Ill. The workshop agenda is specifically designed for farmers, precision specialists, agronomists, and ag lenders. The topics on the agenda will help attendees discover new approaches to put data to work to maximize return on investment for every acre and how to harvest more bucks and birds. Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available for certified crop advisors. The $35 workshop registration gets attendees a 1-year Pheasants Forever membership, lunch, entry for Henry Golden Boy Farmer Edition Rifle, and a daily pass to National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic show floor going on in conjunction with the event.Here are some highlights of the schedule:10:15 Partnerships for Precision FarmingHoward Vincent, PF/QF President & CEO & Leadership From John Deere (TBA)10:45 John Deere Operations Center: Turning Data into Decisions and ROIEric Taipale, CEO SenteraEd Barnes, Ph.D., Sr. Director, Ag & Enviornmental Research, Cotton IncorporatedMark Sullivan, Key Account Manager, AgDNALucas Strom, Vice President of Business Development, Farmers Business Network11:45 Certified Crop Adviser Perspective on Developing Precision Habitat SolutionsIan Olson, CENTROL Crop Consulting1:00 Precision Agriculture Creates Precision ConservationLaura Gentry, Ph.D., Director of Water Quality Science, IL Corn Growers AssociationMelissa Shockman, Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist, Pheasants ForeverElyssa McFarland, Development Director, Soil Health PartnershipGrace Ann Polasek, Integrated Solutions Manager, Ag Pro2:00 KeynoteMathew J. Lohr, Chief of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service & 5th Generation Farmer (Invited)2:30 Farmer Panel: How Data Makes Dollars and Sense for My OperationDoug Martin (Illinois)Wayne Fredericks (Iowa)Tyler Young (Illinois)Arthur Wisecup (Iowa).The workshop will be held Friday, Feb. 22 from 10 am to 3:30 pm located in the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill. Register online atprecisionag2019.eventbrite.com.last_img read more


Brownlee admits Ginebra got outplayed in Game 2, vows next game will be different

first_imgLATEST STORIES “They just came out aggressive. They just came out like they needed to win,” said Brownlee after a 103-96 loss.TNT took an 18-point lead early in the second quarter before Ginebra mounted a rally and made it interesting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We kind of countered their aggression in the second quarter, but they were just really focused, and whatever their game plan was, they executed it very well, gave us a problem tonight.” The KaTropa took the Kings’ best shot and rolled through the punches with Glen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro delivering in the crucial stages. Rice and Castro combined for 41 points. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The pivotal Game 3 is on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Game 3 is going to be different. We’re definitely going to be ready.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Castro held TNT together in the third quarter when Rice had to sit on the bench the entire third quarter with four fouls.A well-rested Rice, then, flourished in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 of his 21 points.“They just came out very physical. Early, we didn’t match it, but I think in that second quarter, we battled them pretty good. But I think they were just very focused on the details, on how they were guarding certain players,” said Brownlee, who topscored with 25 points.Rookie Roger Pogoy served as one of TNT’s anchors defensively that caused problems for Ginebra’s execution and disrupted the Kings’ offensive flow.“I think that’s a conference-low for us. I think we definitely need to move the ball better,” said Brownlee, referring to Ginebra’s 20 assists. “They did a good job, they were pressuring on the passing lanes, so I have to give a lot of credit to Talk ‘N Text.”ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Saddled with foul trouble, Rice had no doubt TNT locals could get job done PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee praised TNT for its execution on both ends of the floor in Game 2 of their semifinals series.Aiming to avoid facing a 0-2 hole in a best-of-5, the KaTropa played with a sense of urgency and it showed from the onset.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more


Winter Olympics: Lots of gold medals, sure, but how about those 15,000 eggs

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ 2 — The number of North Korean athletes who qualified for the Olympics on merit. Up to 22 will actually compete in the games, cheered on by a highly choreographed group of singers and dancers, along with the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.13,500 — The number of eggs Norway’s Olympic team will be sending back after a breakfast order went sunny side up. Norway thought it was ordering 1,500 eggs from a Korean distributor for the Games but a translation mistake caused 15,000 to be delivered instead.50 — Miles from the mountains of Pyeongchang to the North Korean border.4 — The unofficial over-under for the number of halfpipe snowboarders carried off the slopes on stretchers. White himself was sent to the hospital twice after crashes last year, and defending gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov was knocked out in a scary crash last month at the Winter X Games.149 — In Sochi the best teams were made up of NHL players, 149 of them in all. No current players will be in Pyeongchang, after the league decided its best interests were not served by shutting down in midseason for three weeks like it did the last five Winter Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Max Parrot, of Canada, trains ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The world hasn’t seen such an intersection of sports and politics since the U.S. boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics and the Soviets returned the favor four years later in Los Angeles.The Winter Olympics begin Friday in a rugged and brutally cold area of rural mountains near the North Korean border, with a lot more at stake than the glittery medals chased by the best ice and snow athletes in the world.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Unfinished business brings Will Gozum back to UP Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH They will unfold — officially, at least — without the Russians who dominated on the ice and snow and in the backroom of the drug testing labs four years ago in Sochi. And they will take place amid rising world tensions and a last-minute rapprochement of sorts between the two Koreas that may be as much of a show as the games themselves.Politics are very much in play, but in the end the Olympics are usually defined more by numbers than philosophies.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith that in mind, here’s some numbers that might help make sense of it all:3 — Mikaela Shiffrin’s goal is to do what no skier has ever done — win five gold medals on the slopes. The young American star probably won’t do that, but there’s a good chance she can win three, something skiers have done only three times. Shiffrin is a prohibitive favorite to defend the slalom title she won in Sochi, a top contender in the giant slalom and the favorite in the combined. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum $900 million — The amount of ads NBC has sold for its broadcast of the games.14 — The time difference in hours from New York, which is why some of the biggest prime-time events on NBC will actually take place in the morning in Korea.86 — The number of workers ill with norovirus a day before opening ceremony. The figure is expected to rise, forcing organizers to bring in 900 military personnel to take the place of sick or exposed security workers.4 – If it’s a Winter Olympics there have to be new sports. There are four of them in this Olympics, including a mass start speedskating event featuring 24 skaters that has been compared to a NASCAR race on ice.168 — Russia is officially banned from the Olympics because of a state-sponsored doping scheme the country carried out in Sochi. But 168 Russians will still compete under a neutral flag as “Olympic athletes from Russia” and 45 others could win last-minute appeals and make their way onto the snow and ice.10.5 — The over-under for gold medals won by U.S. athletes.100 — The perfect number Shaun White scored last month to give him a spot in the snowboard halfpipe. The U.S. star won the first two golds in the sport before flaming out in Sochi.32 — The temperature water freezes, and also the forecast for Friday night’s opening ceremonies. Organizers are giving 35,000 fans heated seat cushions, hand warmers and other gear to ward off the cold in the outdoor stadium, where winds are expected to make it feel like it is in the 20’s. Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


Energy, effort not there for Beermen in blowout loss to Batang Pier, says Austria

first_imgMOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP SMB head coach Leo Austria expressed his displeasure in his team’s complete lack of aggressiveness against the Batang Pier especially since they were coming off an historic fifth straight title in the All-Filipino conference.“We’re so frustrated of what happened tonight because we never learn from this kind of situation, every time we win a championship we’re struggling at the start of the next conference,” said Austria, whose squad made its debut in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think this is the worst loss we had. It’s obvious we’re not in the game, we have low energy, and we’re not in shape.”Austria’s Beermen have won seven of the possible 13 titles in the past five years and they went 2-4 in their corresponding conference openers after winning the championship in the previous conference. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer, fresh from wining its fifth straight Philippine Cup title, walked into Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday armed with the confidence befitting of the champion it is.The Beermen, however, left The Big Dome badly beaten by a depleted NorthPort side missing its best player.ADVERTISEMENT But San Miguel was listless and nowhere near its championship form.“We have to respect the game, but it seems it’s hard to recover or play to win if we don’t have the energy,” said Austria. “The effort is not there because there really was no energy.”“I told them that we have to show our pride, we have to respect the game. Even if we win a championship or we play in the playoffs or eliminations, there’s a game to play so we should be ready. It seems we weren’t in the game, we’re not focused.”ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Chito Victolero: Hotshots’ timing, conditioning still off Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


Ohio State wrestling gears up for Big Ten and NCAA Championships

Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan said he gets the sense that this season, his team is doing big things. “Despite the fact that we’ve got so many young people on the team, I think there’s great leadership and a great sense of this group leaving a legacy here,” Ryan said. Having started seven freshmen for most of the year, the No. 6 Buckeyes’ resume suggests the team has gone above and beyond the expectations of many. After storming out of the gate at 7-0, the Buckeyes dropped back-to-back road contests against Nebraska and then Minnesota. About two weeks later, the Buckeyes toppled then-No. 2 Iowa, 21-9, in their first win against the Hawkeyes since 1966. Some even called it their biggest dual win in school history. Just nine days after the Iowa match, defending national champion, Penn State, hammered OSU, 34-9, in State College, Pa. OSU then responded with wins against then-No. 12 Michigan and Michigan State to close the Big Ten regular season. While the mission of winning a Big Ten regular season championship was unsuccessful for OSU (11-3, 5-3 Big Ten), Ryan said there’s still a lot of wrestling left. “Men in this sport that have left a legacy shine in March,” he said. “And we’re still three weeks away from March.” What Ryan is referring to are the Big Ten and NCAA Championships, which begin in early March and last through much of the month. Before that, the Buckeyes’ attention is solely focused on this weekend when they will travel to Stillwater, Okla., for the Stillwater Regional of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals. OSU, which drew the No. 3 seed in the region, is set to wrestle No. 6 seed Boise State on Feb. 12. “I think the big thing that Boise State presents for us is that they have a couple of really good individuals,” he said. Perhaps most importantly against Boise State, Ryan stressed how critical it was for 165-pound freshman Derek Garcia to wrestle his best heading into the postseason in order to hopefully qualify for the NCAA Tournament which is selective in what wrestlers it takes. “Every single match for Derek Garcia’s critical to make sure we bring ten (wrestlers) to the national tournament. Because I do believe he can do something there,” he said. OSU is at full strength with all of their starters rested and ready to go. At least, Ryan said, as much as they can be in mid-February of the season. The winner of OSU’s dual against Boise State wrestles No. 2 seed Nebraska, who handed the Buckeyes their first loss back on Jan. 6. One-hundred-eighty-four-pound redshirt junior C.J. Magrum said that while there will be no looking past Boise State, he’s excited at the prospect of a rematch. “We’re kind of upset we didn’t get the second seed (in the Stillwater region) but at the same time, we’ll never wrestle Nebraska as worse we did the first time we wrestled them,” he said. OSU lost, 18-16, as a result of bonus points in the first match up. “Lightning’s not going to strike twice,” Magrum said. “We’re pretty confident going into the match that we should take care of them.” One-hundred-thirty-three-pound redshirt freshman Logan Stieber agreed. “Last time we didn’t wrestle well, and they kind of kicked our butts,” he said. Ryan said he understands the challenge at hand. “We’re going to see two teams that, based on their season, you might say, should beat us,” he said. But that doesn’t stop him from liking the matchups each team presents. He still gets the sense this is a team that’s doing big things, he said. “This group wants to win it,” Ryan said. “We’ll see how bad they want to win it on Sunday.” read more


Buckeye field hockey prepares for Michigan on Senior Day

Junior forward Peanut Johnson (right) fights for posession of the ball during a game against Ball State Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2 in overtime.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerFour Ohio State field hockey players are set to see their final career home games during Senior Day at Buckeye Varsity Field.Emotions are likely be running high as OSU (6-10, 1-6) faces its rival, No. 14 Michigan (11-6, 5-2) on Sunday with a spot in the Big Ten Tournament on the line.Eight teams make it to the Big Ten Tournament out of the nine conference members. OSU is currently in a three-way tie with Indiana and Rutgers for the last spot in the conference.It would mean the world for OSU to get a win for its seniors and continue on to the Big Ten Tournament, coach Anne Wilkinson said.“It’s not until you’re a senior that you realize how every day is so important,” Wilkinson said. “It’s amazing how many seniors say that to me. The freshmen, sophomores and juniors a lot of the time just go through practice and work hard, but suddenly the seniors are like, ‘This could be my last.’”The matchup with Michigan remains the most important for OSU and its coach. Wilkinson said she learned early in her career at OSU that Michigan was the most important game.She added that the games she remembers most are the victories against Michigan.OSU is poised to play its best against the Wolverines on Sunday, junior back Emma Royce said. Royce added the team is firing on all cylinders and it’s looking forward to coming out strong against its biggest rival.“I think all the younger players are going to want to play for their seniors,” Royce said. “So they’re gonna use that passion to harbor their talents and their skills. And for the seniors, they’re gonna go out knowing this is probably gonna be one of the last games of their career and use that as a way to go for it with nothing to lose.”The 14th-ranked Wolverines are coming off a Sunday non-conference victory against New Hampshire, 3-2, at Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan has defeated three ranked teams on the season and sits one game out of first place in the Big Ten entering the final day of the regular season.It was announced Wednesday that two Michigan seniors had been selected to compete in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Senior Game. Redshirt-senior midfielder Ainsley McCallister is second the Big Ten in assists with a career-high 17. Redshirt-senior back Leslie Smith was the second player selected for the game thanks to her 12 goals on the season, which leads the Michigan team.It will not be easy for OSU, but Wilkinson said the will of her team’s seniors could carry them to the finish line.“You really want to be able to take the pressure off of them on Senior Day and just let them go out and play the game,” Wilkinson said. “You can see it every day in practice, they’re coming out here and giving it everything they have because they don’t want it to end.”OSU and Michigan are set to finish out the regular season at noon Sunday in Columbus. read more


Football No 9 Ohio State survives Barrett injury to beat Michigan 3120

Ohio State redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis chases Michigan quarterback John O’Korn during the first half of the teams’ game on Nov. 25. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorANN ARBOR, Mich. — All hope for No. 9 Ohio State seemed lost. Down six points to Michigan with 6:07 remaining in the third quarter, quarterback J.T. Barrett fell to the ground, injured, and limped off under his own power. He walked to the locker room, taking with him up the tunnel, it seemed, the Buckeyes’ hopes of extending their five-game win streak against their archrival.Enter redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins, the quarterback some fans wanted Barrett benched for earlier in the season. He took Ohio State’s offense down the field, scrambled for 22 yards, then running back J.K. Dobbins capped the drive off with a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Buckeyes a 21-20 advantage, their first lead of the game.Following a Sean Nuernberger missed field goal that would’ve extended the Ohio State lead to 27-20, quarterback John O’Korn missed his intended receiver and safety Jordan Fuller intercepted the pass. A 35-yard Dobbins run and 25-yard Mike Weber touchdown with 1:44 remaining sealed a 31-20 victory against the Wolverines Saturday afternoon.For the first time all game, a tense head coach Urban Meyer was able to take his hands off his knees and relax, for his team extended its win streak against Michigan to six games and kept his record against Michigan and head coach Jim Harbaugh unblemished.Haskins went 6-for-7 for 94 yards. He also took three rushes for 24 yards. The Buckeyes were 8-for-16 converting third downs, and Haskins moved the chains on 5-of-7 third downs.Before exiting the game, Barrett completed 3-of-8 passes for 30 yards. He hit tight end Marcus Baugh for a 25-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 in the second quarter. Barrett also rushed 15 times for 67 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Dobbins led the game with 15 rushing yards on 101 carries and Weber had 12 rushes for 57 yards.Ohio State’s hot-and-cold offense picked up 123 yards combined on its fourth and fifth drives. But in its seven other drives with Barrett quarterbacking the offense, the Buckeyes combined for minus-3 yards.Ohio State quarterback helped off the field in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan Saturday. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s offensive inconsistency began early in the game, and it was combined with a defense that allowed two early touchdowns.In the first quarter, the Buckeyes’ hopes of beating Michigan seemed fleeting. The futile offense accumulated minus-6 yards, the least in Meyer’s tenure at Ohio State. The Wolverines piled on 105 yards and a touchdown, before extending the lead to 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter.But the game started to turn when Barrett drove the Buckeyes 75 yards in 11 plays and capped off the march with a 21-yard touchdown scramble on 3rd-and-9. Ohio State forced Michigan to punt, then took just three plays to score a game-tying touchdown when Barrett found tight end Marcus Baugh for a 25-yard pass. The Buckeyes did not have a single drive for more than nine yards with Barrett behind center after their touchdowns, though.Michigan quarterback John O’Korn struggled to hit open receivers, but used play-action passes to confuse Ohio State’s defense at times and went 17-for-32 for 195 yards. He hit tight end Sean McKeon for a 3-yard touchdown pass, his only score of the game.The Wolverines’ offensive success was fueled on the ground, though. Running back Chris Evans led Michigan with 11 carries for 67 yards, including a 24-yard run on his team’s first scoring drive. Running back Karan Higdon added 11 rushes for 55 yards, including a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward blocked the extra point attempt, preventing Michigan from taking a seven-point lead with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter. He also had eight tackles and led the game with two pass breakups.Fullback Khalid Hill added 11 yards on five carries and he ran up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown to open up the game’s scoring with 6:02 remaining in the first quarter.Ohio State will head to Indianapolis to take on Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game at 8:17 p.m. Saturday. read more