Skull Hearing: Dwayne Haskins had his best game against Maryland in 2018, Ohio State’s receiving room went up this season and Carlos Hyde was a beast in 2013

Welcome to the Thursday Skull Session.

Here’s a fun fact to start your day: The two previous times Ohio State and Michigan played Maryland a week before The Game, that team was the eventual winner of the rivalry game—the Buckeyes in 2018 and the Wolverines in 2021. Ohio State faces Maryland in End of this week. Will the trend continue for the third time in a row?

Only time will tell.

Let’s have a good Thursday, shall we?

Four years ago. On November 17, 2018, Ohio State had completed Maryland quarterback Terrell Begrom to wide receiver Jason Jones away for a loss to the Terrapins, 53-52, in overtime at SECU Stadium. This result justified the “Ohio State Buckeyes…what happened?” Video from TikTok star James Droz next if it happened today.

However, Pegrum’s throw fell off Jones’ outstretched arm, and Ohio State left College Park with a one-point victory, avoiding what would have been one of the most stunning upsets in college football that season.

The main reason for the Buckeyes’ success against the Terrapins that year was the late Dwayne Haskins. A native of Maryland, he threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns and added three more points on the ground. After Haskins’ untimely death in April, Ryan Day said the game was Haskins’ best performance as a Buckeye quarterback—proving his growth as a quarterback and team captain.

Haskins is probably on the mind of every Ohio State coach and player as they get off the bus, warm up and face Maryland. I know he will be by my side when I watch them play.

handsome. On Wednesday, Ohio State posted on BTN the November 16 “On This Date” video and highlights clips of Carlos Hyde’s five-touchdown performance against Illinois in 2013. He also amassed 246 yards on 24 carries and 26 yards from two catches.

Big Ten Network Producer Brent Yarina He quickly pointed out on Twitter that Hyde’s 2013 season is sleeping in these days. Looking at his stats from that year, it’s pretty clear that this was the case.

Carlos Hyde 2013 single game stats

haste

Receive

Discount

to me

yard

Average

TD

rec

yard

Average

TD

Florida A&M

5

41

8.2

0

1

1

1.0

1

Wisconsin

17

85

5.0

0

1

4

4.0

0

North West

26

168

6.5

3

4

38

9.5

0

Yes

24

149

6.2

2

0

0

0.0

0

Pennsylvania state

16

147

9.2

2

1

14

14.0

0

Bordeaux

8

111

13.9

0

1

7

7.0

0

Illinois

24

246

10.3

4

2

26

13.0

1

Indiana

18

117

6.5

2

2

14

7.0

0

Michigan

27

226

8.4

1

1

3

3.0

0

Michigan State

18

118

6.6

0

1

1

1.0

0

Clemson *

25

113

4.5

1

2

39

19.5

1

11-Game of sets

208

1521

7.3

15th

16

147

9.2

3

So Yarina’s claim is valid. El Guapo was a bucket and a problem, and we don’t talk about that enough, even here at Buckeye Nation.

The defenses had no answer for the 6-foot-1, 236-pound force of nature coming out of Ohio State’s backfield. And had he not been suspended in the first three weeks of the season, Hyde could have ripped through Buffalo, San Diego and California — opponents the Buckeyes outscored 134-61 — and added more yards and touchdowns to his season totals.

But, in fact, he probably wasn’t too worried about what he might have added up in those three weeks. What he produced in 11 games was enough to get him ranked No. 57 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the 49ers. He played eight seasons in the NFL for San Francisco, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Houston, and Seattle, so it all worked out in the end.

No Jackson, no problem. No one expected Jackson Smith-Njegba to fall against Notre Dame in Week 1. Not Smith Ngigba, not Day – nobody. Since then, nine more games have been made, and the stellar receiver has not played a significant role in any of them.

In his press conference on Tuesday, Day said he’s proud of how the Ohio State receivers have stepped up in Smith-Njegba’s absence, claiming it’s been a great season catching passes for Buckeyes.

As it is, the train representing Buckeye’s parlor has officially left the station. Adapted and thrived with Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka and Julian Fleming as the top three choices. When Smith-Njigba returns this season, the train won’t stop. Instead, he will jump on the caravan while it is in motion.

I think that’s a good thing for the Buckeyes. Did everyone inside and outside the program want to see Smith Njegba play every game this season? naturally. But was it also great to see Harrison emerge as the best receiver in the nation, Egbuka come into his own and Fleming finally get healthy and perform at a high level? definitely.

It’s been quite a year for Smith-Njigba, but I think he’s ready for a big game whenever he’s back on the field. Maybe a few catches and some touchdowns against Michigan? One can certainly hope.

behind the stickers. Lathan Ransom has been stellar at Ohio State this season, and his electric performance against Indiana is the latest example of that. The third-year Buckeye was the featured player in Ohio State’s “Stories Behind the Stickers” division.

My favorite part of the video is Ransom honoring the people who sacrificed so much to put it in a position to be where it is today.

My second favorite part is Ransom showing that Ransom wasn’t part of the initial game plan for Ohio State’s special teams unit. Instead, Parker Fleming drew the formation that led to the block on the fly.

Good training. Execution well. Good result.

song of the day. “Wavin’ Flag” by K’NAAN.

cut to the chase. A NASA capsule is on its way to the moon after being launched by a gigantic new rocket… Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson reflects on his career… A new Harry Potter-themed land is headed for an indoor theme park… What makes us dance? It’s all about that bass…a pilot hanging out a window to retrieve a passenger’s forgotten phone.


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