The Ohio State Buckeyes are off to a 3-0 start, thanks in large part to the impressive play of Quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who has thrown for 11 touchdowns and 1 interception so far this season.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have been putting large numbers on the scoreboard thus far in the 2018 College Football Regular Season, with 40+ point performances in every game (only the Alabama Crimson Tide are ahead of the Bucks, amassing 170 points through their first three games).
However, on Saturday night the Buckeyes’ offense didn’t find it’s way into the endzone until the second half.
The Bucks trailed the TCU Horned Frogs by a score of 21-13 midway through the third quarter.
It only took one play for the entire complexion of the game to change, when Parris Campbell caught the ball at the line of scrimmage and sprinted 63 yards to cut the deficit to two points. Ohio State’s always-dangerous defense cashed in moments later with a pick six from Dre’Mont Jones and—before you knew it—after a blocked punt—the Bucks had the ball just outside the red zone, with Haskins throwing a beautiful back-shoulder-24-yard TD pass to K.J. Hill to put the Scarlet and Gray up by double digits.
Running Back J.K Dobbins rushed for over 100 yards in his home state of Texas, but it was Haskins who made the right decision to keep the ball and prance in for six points in the fourth quarter, in what would be the final touches of a 40-28 victory over a quality non-conference opponent.
While it’s certain the Buckeyes are locked and loaded with talent at both wide receiver and running back, it’s wildly impressive that such a potent offense doesn’t have one skilled position player who specifically stands out from the pack. According to cfbstats.com, Ohio State doesn’t have a running back in the top 30 or a wide receiver in the top 90 when it comes to yards per game.
In Week 1, Terry McLaurin shined with 121 yards receiving and Mike Weber was a beast on the ground with 186 yards rushing. McLaurin didn’t need to contribute much over the weekend and had 27 yards, while Weber’s 64 yards on the ground were complemented by the 121-yard rushing performance from Dobbins. In Week 2, the Bucks had zero players go over 100 yards rushing or receiving in a 52-3 beatdown over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Despite not having a “go-to guy” in pivotal situations, the Ohio State offense goes with an unselfish approach; spreading the ball around to numerous playmakers at all times is what makes this team so lethal and a real threat to make it into the College Football Playoff (along with it’s defense of course, which seems to be one of the best in the country on a yearly basis).
All Dwayne Haskins has done is completed 72 percent of his passes, averaged nearly ten yards per attempt and thrown a total of one interception in three games combined as a starter in 2018.
What’s different about the Ohio State Buckeyes this season? People around the country are no longer asking questions about the offense. Dwayne Haskins & Co. have answered the bell.
Now the team gets their Head Coach back.