COLUMBUS — The first words Dwayne Haskins spoke in his post-game press conference after Ohio State’s 62-39 win over Michigan on Saturday told the story of the game.
“It was a crazy win,” Haskins said.
No. 10 Ohio State (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten) extended its winning streak over its biggest rival to seven games and won the Big Ten East Division title. OSU has now won 14 of the last 15 times it has played Michigan. It has never lost to Michigan in Urban Meyer’s seven seasons as OSU’s coach and it has won 16 of the last 18 times in the rivalry game.
This was supposed to be the year Michigan turned the rivalry in a new direction. The Wolverines (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) were favored against Ohio State for the first time since 2011 and for the first time in Columbus since 2004.
Their defense ranked No. 1 nationally in fewest yards allowed and in pass defense. No one had scored more than 24 points against them all season.
Ohio State had been up and down all season. Offensively, the running game had struggled. Defensively, it had allowed too many big plays.
But when it was over, Ohio State won a crazy game. Crazy in a good way for the Buckeyes. Their 62 points was the most an OSU team had ever scored against Michigan, surpassing the 50 points the 1968 and 1961 teams scored.
Haskins threw for 318 yards and five touchdowns. It was the fifth time this year he had gone over 300 yards passing. Parris Campbell caught five passes for 114 yards and scored on a 78-yard touchdown run.
Freshman Chris Olave had a huge game with two touchdown catches and a blocked punt.
Next up for Ohio State is the Big Ten championship game against Northwestern at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis.