ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Another backup quarterback saved The Game for Ohio State.
Dwayne Haskins might just get the chance follow that blueprint all the way to a national championship.
Maybe it was fitting that Cardale Jones showed up on the sideline on Saturday at the Big House, since the echoes of history repeating itself were hard to ignore in the greatest rivalry in college football.
There was Ohio State’s chance at beating Michigan dangling with J.T. Barrett on the field with an apparent leg injury. The shot at the College Football Playoff was in serious jeopardy, and the Buckeyes were once again being forced to turn to a guy who started the season as a third-string quarterback to deliver when the stakes were at the highest.
Just like 2014, the Buckeyes had a strong-armed closer in the bullpen capable of finishing off the Wolverines, this time by a 31-20 score. And while Barrett’s status will be the most closely monitored situation in Columbus for the next week ahead of the Big Ten title game, Haskins quickly proved that he wouldn’t back down from even the most monumental of challenges.
Down by a touchdown. Coming off the bench cold and on the road. Taking on a stingy Michigan defense that had made life miserable even for the full-strength Buckeyes.
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