Road favorites in Columbus. A solid quarterback (finally). A dominant defense. Ranked No. 4. The Michigan Wolverines seemed to have just what it takes to win The Game for just the second time since 2003 and the first time since Jim Harbaugh arrived in Ann Arbor in 2015. Michigan was so confident about the game that they even guaranteed a win.
The Ohio State Buckeyes had other ideas. Whether it was due to the rivalry, being home underdogs, it potentially being Urban Meyer’s last game in Ohio Stadium, or just wanting to continue the tradition of dominating Michigan, the Buckeyes played by far their best game of the season Saturday afternoon, making it look easy in their 62-39 demolition over the Wolverines.
It was the Buckeyes’ offense absolutely dominating in the win. It was not only unexpected, but an unprecedented feat given Michigan’s dominance defensively during the first 11 games of the season. Ohio State was essentially able to do whatever they wanted, scoring 38 second-half points to put the game away for good. Dwayne Haskins led the charge, completing 18-of-30 passes for 318 yards and five touchdowns. Mike Weber (13 carries, 96 yards, and one touchdown) and Parris Campbell (five receptions, 114 yards, and a touchdown) led the way in the ground and air attack. True freshman Chris Olave also had himself one heck of a day, finishing with two catches for 48 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a blocked punt as well, which was returned for a touchdown.
After essentially falling off the list to win the Heisman Trophy at season’s end, Haskins may have just found himself right back in the race after Saturday’s performance. Along with leading the Buckeyes to a huge win in The Game, the gunslinger also set new Big Ten records for both passing yards1 and passing touchdowns2 in a season. He’s also the first quarterback to ever throw five touchdowns against the Wolverines.
Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray have the top-two spots secured, but if Haskins finishes in the top three, he will still get to go to New York for the Heisman presentation, which is quite an honor for the first-year starting quarterback.
The Silver Bullets may have allowed 39 points, but it didn’t matter. In fact, with a 41-19 with three minutes left in the third quarter, Ohio State already had the game in hand even before the Wolverines scored their final 20 points. With that said, there’s still a bunch of things the defense must work on, but the offense dominated so much that the defensive woes will go unnoticed, at least today.
Michigan thought they had the game won even before stepping on the field. Little did they know, their Revenge Tour would come to an end in Columbus and they would get trounced by their biggest rival yet again. Is Jim Harbaugh now on the hot seat after being the first Wolverines coach to ever start 0-4 against the Buckeyes? Now we wait and see. While we wait, Buckeye Nation will be busy celebrating yet another win over Michigan.