Dwayne Haskins led Ohio State back from three 14-point deficits, led three fourth quarter touchdown drives to force overtime and scored the winning touchdown against Maryland in overtime to earn the Big Ten Conference’s co-offensive player of the week honors for a record-tying fifth time this season. Ohio State’s Troy Smith also had five such honors during his 2006 Heisman Trophy-winning season.
Haskins, who threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns plus rushed for a career-best 59 yards and three more touchdowns, directed three different game-tying touchdown drives in the fourth quarter when Ohio State trailed 31-24, 38-31 and 45-38. He was 11 of 15 for 118 yards and two touchdowns plus scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter alone. Ohio State ultimately prevailed on a wild day in College Park, Md., 52-51, when a Terrapin two-point passing try in OT for the win fell incomplete.
The school-record extending fourth 400-yard passing day of the season for Haskins enabled the junior from Potomac, Md., to break the 20-year-old Ohio State single season passing record of 3,330 yards held by Joe Germaine in 1998. Haskins’ 405-yard afternoon increased his season total to 3,685 yards. He also broke J.T. Barrett’s single season touchdown mark with three more touchdown passes to increase his total to 36, which is tied for No. 1 in the nation.
Haskins’ Single Season School Records
3,685 Passing yards
36 Passing touchdowns
424 Pass attempts
294 Pass completions
69.3 Completion percentage
335.0 Passing yards per game
4 400-yard passing games
7 300-yard passing games
11 200-yard passing games
343.5 Avg. yards of total offense
11 200-yard total offense games
7 300-yard total offense games
Haskins’ Ohio State Game Records
470 Passing yards, vs. Purdue
49 Completions, vs. Purdue
73 Attempts, vs. Purdue
6 TD passes, vs. Indiana
477 Yards of total offense, vs. Purdue
Haskins and the No. 10 (CFP) Buckeyes (10-1 overall; 7-1 Big Ten East) host the No. 4 (CFP) Michigan Wolverines (10-1; 8-0 Big Ten East) in the 115th edition of The Game Saturday at 12:05 p.m. in Ohio Stadium. FOX will have the national broadcast.