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Michigan coach credits trash talk for spurring his team on to thrash rivals Ohio State

Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh credited the pre-game trash talk for inciting his team to beat their closest rivals, Ohio State, for the first time in 10 years.   

Saturday's victory likely puts the Wolverines into the top four of the upcoming College Football Playoff rankings. 

Meanwhile, Harbaugh revealed that the team was especially motivated in the 42-27 thrashing by some of the trash-talking that had occurred in the week prior to the game. 

'There's definitely stuff people said that spurred us on. Sometimes people that are standing on third base think they hit a triple, but they didn't,' Harbaugh told the Columbus Dispatch. 

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, center left, shakes hands with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, center right, after an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor on Saturday

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, pictured, on the sideline in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor on Saturday. Michigan won 42-27

Pictured: Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh begins to celebrate a 42-27 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes

The outlet reports that the jab was seen by many as a slight against Ohio State coach Ryan Day's 'hang 100 on them' remark that he made last season. 

That was a reference to beating the Wolverines by running up 100 points against them, with the victory now making Day's remarks appear arrogant.  

Day had made the comment during an argument with Harbaugh at a Big Ten teleconference, according to the Dispatch.  

The longtime football rivalry was on display not just on the field but in the tunnel to the locker room at halftime when Michigan held a narrow 14-13 lead.

Video captured a shouting match as the Wolverines and Buckeyes headed to their respective changing rooms as teammates began pushing, shoving and swearing at one another.

It appeared as though Michigan was the team that instigated the scuffle.  

Michigan running back Blake Corum (2) is chased by Ohio State safety Ronnie Hickman (14) during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson added that the trash-talking was a big motivation for the team to win. 

'These guys have been disrespecting us. Stepping on our jerseys. Talking about hanging a 100 on us. Doing all the rah-rah and doing all the talk. But we were about it today,' Hutchinson said. 

The Wolverines could be seen yelling at the Buckeyes as they walked down the tunnel with one person saying 'Keep that s**t up!' towards the Michigan side.  

Ohio State senior defensive end Tyreke Smith together with offensive lineman Dawand Jones could be seen giving the finger to Michigan team reports SportingNews.com, to which they responded in kind.  

Game officials including referees and coaches from both teams then got involved and attempted to usher the teams to their locker rooms safely. 

Once back on the field in the 3rd quarter, tempers boiled over as Michigan receiver Roman Wilson lay in the end zone. 

Rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State football teams was on display throughout the game

He grabbed the left leg of cornerback Cameron Brown, who responded by ripping Wilson's helmet off and was called for unsportsmanlike conduct.

That set off a scrum that officials and coaches were barely able to contain.

The game was crucial to decide who would goes on to play in the Big Ten Championship match. 

Michigan went on to score several more touchdowns to win 42-27, breaking an eight-game losing streak to Ohio State. 

Michigan beat longtime rivals Ohio State 42-27 for the first time in 10 years