If there was a single-season record held by any Ohio State quarterback, there’s a good chance that Haskins broke it. Haskins led the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record — 8-1 in the Big Ten — with wins in the Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl. Haskins forced a team that had thrived off the spread offense and a mobile quarterback under center to completely change its approach and it worked.
Now with Haskins gone, Day — along with passing game coordinator Mike Yurcich — will be tasked in choosing the quarterback to follow Haskins' performance.
Here are seven things Haskins did that you’ll never forget:
1. The record breaker
Haskins spent one season as a starter for Ohio State, playing in an offense that was constantly trying to maximize his skill set all season. The passing attack was the only facet of Ohio State’s offense that didn’t go through a period of hardship during the season, and Haskins seemed to keep everything together as the Buckeyes figured it out. That dominance led to him claiming a large amount of Ohio State and Big Ten records. Here is a full list of each record Haskins broke this season.
Ohio State records:
— Passing yards in one game (499)
— Completions in one game (49)
— Passing percentage (70 percent)
— Passing touchdowns game (tied with JT Barrett with six)
— Passing yards per game (345.1)
— 400-yard passing games (five)
Big Ten records:
— Passing yards in a single season (4831)
— Completion in a single season (373)
— Touchdowns in a single season (50)
2. Untraditional OSU QB
During Meyer’s first three seasons as a head coach — two with Bowling Green and one with Utah — his quarterback threw a combined 41 touchdown passes. Haskins would still have another touchdown pass to throw against Michigan by the time he reached that mark.
In the eight times Woody Hayes reached the Rose Bowl as Ohio State’s head coach, the Buckeyes threw a combined 50 touchdown passes. It took Haskins 14 games to do that.
3. Haskins outdid the Big 12
Only six quarterbacks in the history of the college football have thrown for at least 50 touchdown passes in a single season. Before this season, two belonged to the Big 12 and no Big Ten quarterback had even come close. Yet somehow this season Haskins' numbers were so great that it put him at the top of not just the Big Ten, but also of a conference where crazy offensive numbers have become the norm.
If Ohio State belonged to the Big 12, Haskins would sit atop the conference in yards, completion percentage and touchdowns. He would be second in completions behind Texas Tech.
4. The Game
If you could point to one game to define what Haskins did this season, what he did in Ohio Stadium on Nov. 24 would stand out the most. Everything from the build-up, what was potentially on the line and the fact that it was Michigan already made it must-see television. For the next 60 minutes, Haskins proceeded to pick apart the best defense in the country, throwing for 396 yards and six touchdowns on 20-of-31 passing. The Buckeyes won 62-39 and Haskins cemented himself as a Heisman candidate.
Seven days later he followed up that came up with a 499-yard, five-touchdown performance — both numbers setting records — against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship as Haskins took home Offensive MVP honors.
5. Compared to Meyer’s OSU QBs
Urban Meyer coached four different quarterbacks — Haskins, Braxton Miller, JT Barrett, and Cardale Jones— during his seven years as head coach. Three had the opportunity to put together a full season as a starter under Meyer, and each made an impact in his own way. Barrett and Miller were better runners than Haskins ever will be, but what he was able to accomplish with his arm in just one season outdoes both prior quarterbacks combined.
6. Award-winning QB
Though Haskins finished third behind Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa for the Heisman Trophy, he did manage to take home a handful of postseason awards.
Haskins was awarded Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, the Chicago Tribune Silver Football and Rose Bowl Offensive Player of the Game. He also won Big Ten Player of the Week honors a record of six times to go along with first team All-Big Ten.
7. Made everyone a record-setter
While Haskins was busy breaking every Ohio State record you can think of, his experienced wide receiver corps benefited from his NFL-ready arm. His arm plus their experience led to one of the best years a wide receiving group has ever had at Ohio State.
Senior Parris Campbell became just the fifth player in Ohio State history to have 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. The four-man group of Campbell, K.J. Hill, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon caught a combined 3,318 yards and 37 touchdowns on 237 catches. In total, 17 different players caught a pass from Haskins this season and 11 of them found the end zone at least once.