Haskins also found a new favorite target in freshman Chris Olave, who caught two 24-yard touchdown passes, while also blocking a punt that was eventually returned for a score. Olave entered the game with just five catches and no touchdowns so far this season. The Buckeyes pulled away with 17-point quarters in the second and third, before putting up 21 to kick their rivals while they were already down. It is all yet another win for Ohio State over Jim Harbaugh, who now drops to 0-4 against the Buckeyes as Michigan head coach.
The fourth-ranked Wolverines were looking to earn their first Big Ten Championship since 2004 and their first College Football Playoff appearance ever, but they will now have to settle for a New Year's six bowl. They have dropped six straight games against Ohio State, as their "Revenge Tour" could not be completed after big wins over Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Penn State, all of whom defeated them last season during a down year.
Haskins' big performance also helped him break the Big Ten single season record with 42 touchdown passes, which had many calling for the sophomore to head to the NFL Draft after this season. Meanwhile, the Wolverines debuted quarterback Shea Patterson in the rivalry, but the former Ole Miss Rebel had 187 yards and three touchdowns in the loss. He was knocked out of the game for a couple plays with what looked to be a bad leg injury, but he would return for the next possession, before getting taken out with the game out of reach.
The Buckeyes' showdown with No. 19 Northwestern will come in Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday night. The Wolverines' regular season ends at 10-2, as they await their fate when it comes to a bowl game.