Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins accepted the Big Ten Championship game MVP award from someone who knows trophies: two-time Heisman winner and former Buckeye Archie Griffin.
Haskins completed 34 of 41 passes for 499 yards with one interception and five touchdown passes in Ohio State’s 45-24 victory against Northwestern on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. He set championship game records for completions, touchdown passes and passing yards.
“We had great protection all game,” Haskins said. “Receivers bringing a lot of clutch plays on third down and first down. We had great play calling. And the biggest thing was execution. And the thing I had to do was give the ball to playmakers and let them make the plays. I'm just the distributor. And we did a great job tonight.”
Haskins became the third Buckeye in the eight-year history of the Big Ten title game to win the Grange-Griffin MVP award, following Cardale Jones (2014) and J.K. Dobbins (2017).
Haskins added another chapter to a season that has seen him set numerous records. On Saturday, he became the Big Ten’s single-season leader in total offensive yards (4,702 yards). He broke the record of 4,272 yards set by Michigan’s Denard Robinson in 2010. He also broke J.T. Barrett’s record for touchdowns in a season. Haskins has 51 (47 passing and four rushing). Barrett had 47 touchdowns last season.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer pushed for Haskins to get an invitation to the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
“He's without question a Heisman candidate,” Meyer said. “I've seen the statistics of the other two great players, and there's no doubt. Dwayne Haskins is a Heisman candidate, and he should be in New York City.”