Dwayne Haskins Asserted Himself Back into the Heisman Trophy Conversation With a Performance Against the Nation's Top Defense

By Kevin Harrish on November 24, 2018 at 6:40 pm
Dwayne Haskins for Heisman.
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Entering this week's games, Dwayne Haskins had just 50/1 odds to win the Hiesman Trophy.

After a record-breaking tear to start the season, Haskins found himself on the verge of missing out on an even an invite to the Heisman Trophy Ceremony in New York, with odds behind behind Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray, Will Grier and Gardner Minshew.

This weekend, though, Haskins may have punched his ticket to New York.

In the biggest game of the season, Haskins threw for 318 yards and five touchdowns, adding seven rushes for 34 yards on the ground, leading the Buckeye offense to 62 points against the nation's top defense and setting a record for most points scored against Michigan in regulation.

It was arguably the most impressive performance of Haskins already impressive season, but his resume was helped even more by two other contenders faltering.

Minshew's Washington State Cougars fell in the season finale against Washington on Friday night, and he did not have a great game, going 26-for-35 for just 152 yards and two interceptions.

West Virginia's Grier also stumbled on Friday night as his Mountaineers fell 59-56 to Oklahoma. Though he did put up impressive individual numbers, going 32-for-49 for an eye-popping 539 yards and 4 touchdowns. Still, his team lost its second game of the season and Grier had two bad fumbles that directly led to Sooner scores.

The other two frontrunners didn't do much to hurt their chances.

Murray went 20-for-27 for 364 yards with three touchdowns and an interception through the air, and added nine rushes for 114 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Tagovailoa went 25-for-32 for 324 and five touchdowns through the air and four carries for 26 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Haskins is unlikely to make up any ground on Tagovailoa or Murray, but he may have done enough to at least earn himself a trip to New York for the Heisman Ceremony and become the first Ohio State Heisman finalist since Troy Smith in 2006.

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