Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins had himself one heck of day against Michigan, throwing for 318 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Haskins success started long before the game began, it started in the film room.
“We seen a lot of man coverage, a lot of one-high, so we knew we could get a lot of one on one matchups, some crossing routes on ‘em,” Haskins said.
“I knew we were gonna put on a show.”
It sure was a show. The Buckeyes beat Michigan 62-39.
Knowing Michigan plays man-coverage is one thing, but being able to stop the Wolverine pass rush is another, something the Buckeyes completely neutralized.
Michigan’s D didn’t record a sack in the game.
“I was licking my chops, I seen one-high coverage and that’s a quarterbacks dream,” Haskins said. “The responsibility for me all week was to pick up blitzes and protections because they send a lot of different fronts and exotic looks so I spent hours in the film room just trying to figure out how we can pick the blitzes up, and once we picked it up receivers make plays, I’m gonna put it there.”
According to Yahoo Sports, Ohio State coaches estimated Michigan blitzed about 75 percent of the time.
Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown is known to live and die by his philosophy of playing man-to-man coverage with aggressive blitzing. While it works out for him more often than not, Ohio State and Haskins were able to out-scheme Dr. Blitz.