It was a crazy, roller-coaster game for the Buckeyes as a team, but it was a historic and career-best one for Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Back in his home state, against the team that he had originally committed to before the program changed head coaches, Haskins broke two major OSU passing records, and had the best running day of his collegiate career, and for that, he was honored as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the penultimate week of the 2018 regular season.
The award marks the record-tying fifth time that Haskins has claimed the conference prize, and the eighth time that a Buckeye has taken home a weekly award this fall. He shares the honor with Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor.
Against Maryland, Haskins was 28-for-38 throwing the ball for 405 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also accounted for three more scores on the ground, where he rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries. The three running TDs quadruple his career total of one coming into the game, and his 59 yards more than doubles his previous career high of 24, which he had in The Game last year, and again in the season opener against Oregon State.
Haskins and Taylor were joined in the weekly honors by Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa and Minnesota’s Blake Cashman as the co-Defensive Player of the Week, Michigan’s Jake Moody and Nebraska’s Barret Pickering as the co-Special Teams Player of the Week, and Maryland’s Anthony McFarland as the Freshman of the Week.