Following Saturday’s 49-6 victory over Tulane, Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins was named the Big Ten Conference’s co-Offensive Player of the Week along with Penn State running back Miles Sanders.
The #B1GFootball Co-Offensive Players of the Week are @OhioStateFB QB Dwayne Haskins and @PennStateFball RB Miles Sanders. https://t.co/l9scAy2cFT pic.twitter.com/QwHnyAetGe— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) September 24, 2018
Perhaps not completely coincidentally, the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes and the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions will face off in a major, primetime matchup this Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
This past weekend, Haskins— who didn’t even play the full first half before giving way to backup Tate Martell— went 21-for-24 for 304 yards and 5 touchdowns through the air. The night before, Sanders had helped PSU overcome a brief third quarter deficit by going for 200 yards rushing on 22 carries, including 3 touchdowns. Despite being down 24-21 after halftime, the Nittany Lions roared back to win 63-24.
The honor is Haskins’ second of the season, and— along with Martell and Dre’Mont Jones— there has been a Buckeye honored in every week of the season thus far. This is Sanders’ and Penn State’s first weekly award of 2018.
The other B1G players to receive weekly honors were Maryland linebacker Tre Watson on defense, Michigan’s Donovan Peoples-Jones and Michigan State’s Matt Coughlin on special teams, and Maryland running back Anthony McFarland and Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore as the freshmen of the week.