Official scoring change gives Ohio State QB another TD pass

Mae Harvey
November 28, 2018

Dwayne Haskins threw five touchdown passes, freshman Chris Olave had a breakout performance and No. 10 Ohio State continued its mastery over No. 4 MI with a record-setting, 62-39 victory Saturday that sends the Buckeyes to the Big Ten championship game.

After a most unusual regular season for Ohio State, it was business as usual against MI.

MI got as close as 7-6 and 21-19 but a blow out third quarter led the Buckeyes to a win and an 11-1 season. The Buckeyes can win their third Big Ten title in five seasons this Saturday against Northwestern (8-4).

The Wolverines finish at 10-2. Should all that chaos happen (and there's less than a 2 percent chance it actually does, according to Playoff Predictor), UCF would rank last in ESPN's Strength of Record metric behind Georgia (7.4 percent chance the average Top 25 opponent achieves the same record), MI (19.1 percent), LSU (21 percent), Ohio State (23.1 percent) and Oklahoma (23.3 percent). "I don't really recall everything that happened in that game, but just being able to go into that atmosphere and that environment meant well for me going into this season". But in the end, is the game vs. Ohio State the only thing that matters? Should Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State win their conferences, it would be a three-team race for the fourth spot.

Haskins finished with 396 yards and set the Big Ten season record for TD passes with 42.

Brady and the Wolverines will get their bragging rights back one day, but this L will sting for quite some time. Maybe the Rose if Ohio State is in the playoff. Each won on the road against a spunky defense (Iowa State, Michigan State).

MI linebacker Devin Gil, right, tackles Ohio State running back Demario McCall during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Oklahoma has a better loss, but Ohio State has a better win.

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