COLUMBUS, Ohio – Quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been named the Big Ten’s co-Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced today. It’s Haskins second such honor in the last four weeks.
Haskins played just one half last Saturday against Tulane but still managed to put up big numbers. He completed 21 of 24 passes for 304 and had five TD passes, which ties his career high set three weeks earlier against Oregon State, as the Buckeyes rolled to a 49-6 win. His 87.5 completion percentage was the third-best in single-game program history. His five TD passes went to four different receivers.
Through the first four games, Haskins is completing 75.7 percent of his passes (87 of 115), which ranks No. 2 nationally. His 16 touchdown passes – the second most in Big Ten history to start a season – also ranks second. He’s already thrown for 300 yards or more yards on three occasions and his 1,194 yards in best in the Big Ten and No. 10 nationally. Haskins is the first quarterback in Big Ten history to toss five touchdown passes twice in the first four games of the season.
What’s even more impressive about Haskins’ numbers is that he’s played just one full game out of the four this season – vs. TCU on Sept. 15. He played three quarters in the opener vs. Oregon State and one half and one series against Rutgers the following week. Haskins is 68 of 90 (75.5 percent) for 831 yards, 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the first half of games this season.
Ohio State (4-0), ranked No. 4 in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Poll, next faces No. 9 Penn State (4-0) in a critical Big Ten East Division showdown on ABC’s Saturday Night Football. Kick-off is slated for 7:40 p.m. inside Beaver Stadium.