Perfect Ending to a Meaningless Season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s season of insignificance because of N.C.A.A. penalties ended in perfection under its first-year coach, Urban Meyer.

He coaxed the Buckeyes to a 26-21 victory over Michigan on Saturday that allowed Ohio State to finish a season unbeaten and untied for the sixth time in its 123 years of college football.

That fourth-ranked Ohio State (12-0) is barred from a bowl game mattered little to the fans who swarmed the field after the victory.

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