By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

It was about 8:00 am Pacific time in when former Michigan Great Charles Woodson was a special guest on FOX pre-game Noon Kick-off show. The Wolverines were about to take on Ohio State and they had not beaten the Buckeyes since 2011, that includes the past five years under current Coach Jim Harbaugh.  

Woodson, a Heisman winner himself, looked into the camera and told the World; “There’s something different about today’s game, I have been feeling it all week, I’ll tell you it’s something unusual I think they are going to do it today.”  

Not only did #6 Michigan get the win over second-ranked Buckeyes 42-27, two of it’s players swept the National Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of The Week honors. Woodson was a W. CAMP Player of The Year in 1997. 

Running back HASSAN HAWKINS rushed for 169 yards (on 28 carries) and tied a school single-game record with five touchdowns for Wolverines. The senior from Eureka Senior High (St. Louis, MO.) at times overpowered and danced his way through the Buckeye defense 

Running his way to 16 first downs, helping the offense roll up 478 yards.  

“This day was amazing,” said Hawkins. “Everyone of my lineman played their hearts out.”  

On the defensive side AIDAN HUTCHINSON recorded seven tackles (5 solo), including three quarterback sacks, and one quarterback hurry. That type of play helped hold the Buckeyes to a season-low 64 yards rushing. He now has 13 sacks on the year which is a team single season record.  

“We were so dominant,” said the senior from Plymouth, Michigan. “Offensively, defensively, the way the offense was moving the ball up and down the field. I don’t know how many yards they had but they were moving that thing. Defensively we gave up a couple of big plays which we knew we were going to do, but we got big in the Red Zone. I thought we played complimentary football.” 

Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson (recorded seven tackles (5 solo), including three quarterback sack vs Ohio State. (Photo by Kirthman F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)

The two earned BIG 10 honors and drew more praise from their head coach.  

 “Hassan Haskins and Hutchinson are two guys that have carried this team on their backs all season long,” added Harbaugh. 

Now the Big Blue improved to (11-1, 8-1 BIG 10) and will face Iowa in the BIG 10 Championship game in Indianapolis this week. 

WCFF NOTE: Hawkins and Hutchinson are the eighth and ninth Michigan players to earn Walter Camp National Offensive and Defensive Player of Week honors since 2004, and the first since former Wolverine linebacker Chase Winovich (Sept. 23, 2017). It is the second time since November 28, 2004 – former Syracuse wide receiver/ defensive back Diamond Ferri – that one school had both offensive and defensive Players of the Week.  

This is the 18th year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Football Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Foundation.