For the second time in four years, a backup quarterback came off the bench in the second half to replace an injured J.T. Barrett in The Game.
And just like Cardale Jones in 2014, Dwayne Haskins led the Buckeyes to a win over Michigan.
Barrett hobbled off the field with a knee injury when Ohio State trailed 21-20 in the third quarter. In came Haskins, a redshirt freshman who had never taken a snap in a remotely competitive game before. No pressure, kid.
But Haskins immediately showed that he was up to the moment.
First, he connected with wide receiver Austin Mack to convert a 3rd-and-16 play near midfield.
Then, he broke the pocket and scrambled down to the Michigan 1, setting up the Buckeyes’ go-ahead touchdown.
On the next drive, OSU marched it 47 yards to kick a field goal.
Michigan had one final chance to come back, but John O’Korn’s pass sailed straight to OSU safety Damon Webb for an interception.
Mike Weber scored a game-clinching touchdown on the ensuing possession, and the Buckeyes were headed back to the Big Ten Championship Game.