In an interview with ESPN following a road win against ninth-ranked Penn State University, Ohio State University quarterback (“QB”) Dwayne Haskins, Jr. said about his ability as a first-year starter to handle the road-game atmosphere against a top-10 opponent, “God's had his hands on me.”
“I’ve been doing this since I was a little kid,” stated Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins, Jr. “You know, God’s had his hands on me, and you know, I was made for this.”
Haskins’ remarks came after Ohio State defeated previously-unbeaten Penn State University 27-26 on the road in a Big 10 West show-down between two top-10 teams.
In the game, Haskins threw for 270 yards with three touchdowns and one interception on 22/39 passing, according to ESPN. Haskins also ran for eight yards on four carries in the win.
Below is a transcript of Dwayne Haskins’ post-game interview with ESPN reporter Maria Taylor:
ESPN Reporter Maria Taylor: “Dwayne, the first thing you said when you walked over here was ‘that was unbelievable.’ Why do you say that?”
Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins, Jr.: “You know, we were down and out. We had a really hard game. We played all four quarters really hard.
“You know, we believe in each other, though, that’s what’s so amazing about it. We came back when we were down – never lost faith. You know, it was just amazing.”
ESPN Reporter: “Take me back to less than three minutes on the clock and you orchestrated a 96-yard drive to take the lead. What was your mentality going into that drive?”
Haskins: “You know, just one play at a time. You know, people get up into the end-game or the score, and ever since that drive started we were just going to manage the game. We were going to go out there and try to do the best that we can to go score a touchdown. And our defense played a great game today.”
ESPN Reporter: “So many people had questions about you, first-year starter, and coming into this raucous crowd. What do you think you answered about your ability to handle a field environment like this?”
Haskins: “I’ve been doing this since I was a little kid. You know, God’s had his hands on me, and you know, I was made for this.”
ESPN Reporter: “And what do you take away from this win with Ohio State?”
Haskins: It’s a great win, really great momentum shifter for going into next week. It’ll be homecoming versus Indiana.
“You know, I’m just so proud of my boys, so proud of my defense.
“You know, we’re going to enjoy this win.”