I'm a big Haskins believer, so I was surprised he didn't perform better. You can sugar coat it if you want, but here are some facts:
- his longest completion was 12 yards past the LOS, and that resulted from a miraculous catch by Victor. If Victor doesn't make the grab, there was a PSU defender waiting for the INT.
- he completed 22 passes, but they traveled a cum 36 yards past the LOS per the CFB Film Room passing chart. That's an average of 1.6 yds past the LOS due to a number of completions behind the LOS. So 234 of his 270 yds were YAC.
- the CFB Film Room chart also indicated that Haskins was 1-7 over 10 yds.
This was not a Haskins like performance. PSU has a good defense, but is only ranked 50th in yds allowed/game. The OSU receivers bailed the offense out w/ great downfield blocking. The last 2 OSU TDs were mostly all YAC. I believe he had 3 drops, but given the 22 receptions, that is a 12% drop rate which is pretty normal.
I saw Haskins projected as the 32nd pick in the NFL draft before the game, which I thought was too low, but this game hurt his draft stock. He'll now have to prove to the scouts he can handle a heavy dose of blitzes from a strong defense.