#6 Ohio State won their 37th Big Ten Championship on Saturday as they defeated #21 Northwestern as they made their final attempt to impress the College Football Playoff committee.
The offense continues to dominate defenses, especially good ones as they went up against a stingy Wildcat defense that was only giving up 21 points per game coming into the matchup.
Ohio State put up 607 yards of total offense despite a poor rushing attack but Dwayne Haskins stepped up to carry the Buckeyes to a victory.
The redshirt sophomore made his final attempt to impress Heisman voters as he added to his historic 2018 campaign with 499 yards and five touchdown passes. He also broke Trace McSorley’s conference title game record of 384 passing yards.
In his last three games, Haskins has thrown for 1,300 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions combined against Maryland, Michigan and Northwestern.
It’s believed the Heisman will come down to Haskins, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa which the finalists will be revealed later this week.
Haskins connected with ten different receivers on the night and was precise on those connections (34 of 41: 82.9%).
His top targets
- Johnnie Dixon: 7 catches for 129 yards, 1 TD
- Parris Campbell: 7 catches for 89 yards
- Chris Olave: 5 catches for 79 yards, 1 TD
- Terry McLaurin: 3 catches for 78 yards, 2 TDs
- J.K. Dobbins: 4 catches for 50 yards, 1 TD
The Buckeye defense also played another good game with four sacks and three forced turnovers.
Chase Young recorded three sacks and you can see the potential there that he can be the next great pass rusher out of Columbus, he just needs to put it all together but the sophomore still has time to develop into his true potential.
Credit to Northwestern though, they were two touchdown underdogs coming into the game but came out and fought for the majority of the game. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald has his team ready for every game and should be applauded for the work he’s done in Northwestern during his tenure there.
Quarterback Clayton Thorson threw for 267 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and added a rushing touchdown as well. John Moten and Isaiah Bowser combined for 136 yards and a touchdown to lead the rushing attack.
They’re projected to play in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day which is a great accomplishment for the Wildcats to be in a New Year’s Day bowl game.
As for the Buckeyes, if they don’t make the College Football Playoff, they’ll still be playing in a prominent bowl game.
Being the Big Ten Champions, they will at least represent the conference in the Rose Bowl against the Pac-12 champion Washington Huskies on New Year’s Day.