Ohio State's Offense Obliterates Michigan's Top-Ranked Defense

By Chris Lauderback on November 24, 2018 at 4:36 pm
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Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan entered the Shoe on Saturday featuring the No. 1 total defense in the country but Jim Harbaugh's squad ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Dwayne Haskins, Parris Campbell and a sturdy performance from Ohio State's much-maligned offensive line. 

Urban Meyer and Ryan Day exposed the Michigan pass defense with a host of mesh routes while picking on Brandon Watson among others. 

When the dust settled on a dominant performance, Ohio State's offense had tallied the most points Michigan had ever surrendered in regulation. 

Dwayne Haskins likely earned himself a trip to New York as a Heisman finalist after a throwing for 318 yards and five touchdowns with another 34 yards on the ground. 

Haskins recorded a silly 15 chunk passes (gains of 15+ yards) against a Michigan defense giving up a nation's-best 123 passing yards per game. 


Campbell was a chief target for Haskins catching five balls for 114 yards with a score. K.J. Hill added four grabs for 51 yards and a score and true freshman Chris Olave enjoyed a coming out party with two touchdown passes, both from 24 yards out. 

Haskins' 318 passing yards were the most against Michigan this season with only SMu cracking the 200-yard mark way back in September. His 19 completions were a season-high against the Wolverines and his five touchdown passes were just two less than Michigan had given up all season. 

On the ground, the Buckeyes churned out 249 yards on 6.7 per carry highlighted by 13 carries for 96 yards from Mike Weber. 

The 249 yards were the most against Michigan this season with Rutgers posting 193 against the Wolverines a few weeks back. 

Combined, the 567 total yards for Ohio State obviously marked another season-high against Michigan. Indiana tallied 385 last week. 

The embarrassing performance from Don Brown's defense ensured Jim Harbaugh would move to 0-4 against the Buckeyes while Urban Meyer improved to 7-0. 

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