Ohio State and Michigan apparently wanted to take any hostilities they had to the stadium tunnel at halftime.
Michigan took a 14-13 lead into the locker room at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, but both teams were bundled up in the same hallway leaving the field after the first 30 minutes in a game that will decide who goes to the Big Ten Championship game. It was the Wolverines' first halftime lead in the series since 2016.
It is not clear what started the scuffle, and in the video posted below, Ohio State strength coach Mickey Marotti is seen getting into it with some Michigan staff members. Several Ohio State players are also seen giving the middle finger to their rivals.
Chaos in the tunnel between Ohio State & Michigan pic.twitter.com/HedljphBq1
— Josh Pate (@LateKickJosh) November 27, 2021
This is what started the scuffle between Michigan and Ohio State 👀 pic.twitter.com/r5C2dSgf4h
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Cooler heads prevailed as security, game officials and coaches from both teams got involved and made sure the teams got to their locker rooms safely.
The fireworks continued in the middle of the third quarter as an end zone scuffle happened after Ohio State cornerback Cameron Brown ripped the helmet off Michigan wide receiver Roman Wilson and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Michigan scored touchdowns on each of their first four second half possessions and went on to win 42-27, snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Buckeyes.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: College football: Ohio State, Michigan players scuffle at halftime