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(Columbus, Ohio) – The #10 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (4-1, 2-0) played host to the Maryland Terrapins (3-1, 1-0) at Ohio Stadium in Columbus Saturday afternoon.
For Maryland, their Head Coach DJ Durkin was an Urban Meyer assistant during his final year at Florida in 2010. The Terps have their third string Quarterback, Max Bortenschlager, at the controls of the offense after Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill suffered season ending knee injuries. Bortenschlager made his first career start last Saturday and led his team to a BIG 10 win 31-24 over Minnesota. Maryland started off the season with a non-conference road win at Texas.
After a moment of silence honoring the victims of the Las Vegas shootings, Maryland won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. Ohio State received the opening kick and started their first drive at their own 30-yard line on a beautiful, partly cloudy, 84-degree day. The Buckeyes took that opening possession and marched it down the field in 3:28 to put up the opening points of the contest on a J.T. Barrett 1-yard TD run. The drive was highlighted by a 35-yard pass from Barrett to Johnnie Dixon that set them up 1st and goal at the 9. The drive of 70 yards took 9 plays.
Maryland received their first possession at its own 32-yard line. Their first play resulted in Bortenschlager being hammered by Dante Booker for a 4-yard sack. On 3rd down and 11, Nick Bosa timed a strip sack to perfection as Bortenschlager was ready to release his pass. Jerome Baker scooped it and took it to the house for a 20-yard touchdown that put Ohio State up 14-0 with 9:54 to play in the opening frame.
Maryland answered right back as Ty Johnson took Sean Nuernberger’s kick back 100 yards for the touchdown to put the Terrapins back to within 14-7.
Ohio State’s second possession started again at its own 30. It took the Buckeyes only 2:19 this time to find pay-dirt when Barrett hit Ben Victor for an 8-yard score with 7:14 remaining in a wild and crazy first quarter. The point after was botched to leave the Buckeyes up 20-7. The key play was a 53-yard pass from Barrett to Mike Weber down to the 12-yard line.
Maryland’s second possession started at its own 23-yard line. At the 6:31 mark, Bortenschlager swung a pass out to Tavion Jacobs and he was drilled by Denzel Ward to break up the pass. Ward was ejected for a controversial targeting call, as Ward appeared to put a legal hit on Jacobs. The drive would eventually stall after 4 plays at the 41.
Ohio State then took over at its own 29-yard line with 5:31 to play in the 1st period. As the Buckeyes again, marched down the field. A scary moment happened with 3:05 to play as Brandon Bowen, a Junior Offensive Tackle, was carted off with an apparent leg injury, they didn’t show the replay. The drive then stalled out at the Maryland 29-yard line and Nuernberger’s 47 yard FG attempt was blocked by Chandler Burkett.
Maryland regained possession of the football at Buckeye 49 with 1:35 to play in the opening frame. Maryland would waste the golden opportunity as the drive was stopped at the 35-yard line and forced to punt.
The Buckeyes first possession of the second quarter only gained 9 yards and Drue Chrisman shanked a punt out of bounds for a whopping 22 yards.
Maryland was set up with great field position to be able to climb closer before the half. That was until the Ohio State defense showed up again. Jerome Baker lit up Bortenschlager as he dropped back to pass on 4th and 5 from the 30.
The Buckeyes would take over at their own 36 with 6:18 remaining in the half and would only need 1:29 of it to take a 27-7 lead. J.T. connected with Marcus Baugh for a 10-yard touchdown and that put some breathing distance between Ohio State and Maryland. That was the 10th different receiver to catch a TD for the Buckeyes this season.
Maryland trying to stop the bleeding, went 3 and out and gave Ohio State the ball at mid field. Aided by a 15-yard illegal hands to the face call on Maryland, former Akron St. Vincent – St. Mary’s WR Parris Campbell rocketed up the sidelines on a reverse for a 24-yard TD to push the lead to 34-7 with under 3 minutes remaining in the half.
After another 3 and out by Maryland led to Ohio State taking possession of the ball at mid-field with 1 minute remaining. They were able to use good clock management to extend the lead to 41-7 as Barrett hit Sophomore WR Austin Mack on a 5 yard out in the end zone with 10 seconds on the clock. At the half, J.T. Barrett was 17-25 252 yards and 3 TD’s. His favorite targets were Parris Campbell who had 5 catches for 46 yards and Ben Victor who hauled in 5 for 55 and a TD. The leading rusher at the half was J.K. Dobbins with 10 carries for 68 yards. A dominating first half performance on both sides of the ball, despite the 100-yard kickoff return for a TD by Maryland. Maryland was only able to muster 26 yards on 28 plays and Ohio State put up 361 yards on 49 plays while dominating on 3rd down conversions (5 of 8 compared to 1 of 8 for Maryland).
Maryland received the second half kick and started at their own 35-yard line and went 3 and out for the 4th time on the day.
The Buckeyes took over at their own 43, with J.T. and the starters still in the game. On the first play, Barrett scampered for 35 yards to the Maryland 22 before the drive stalled. Nuernberger’s 29-yard FG missed wide left with 10:35 on the clock. Special teams for the Buckeyes was an issue all day, Nuernberger missed a 29 yarder, a 47 yarder was blocked, an extra point snap was bobbled by the holder and the 100-yard kickoff return by Johnson.
Despite the numerous mistakes, Maryland just could never capitalize. The would again go 3 and out from their own 20 with 9:33 remaining in the 3rd.
The Buckeyes would take over at their own 35, surprisingly, with the starters still in and 34-point lead. Barrett methodically took his offense into the end zone after a 4-yard Mike Weber TD run capping off an 11 play 65-yard drive in 4:04.
Maryland began their next drive at the at their own 12 and got a 35-yard run to mid field from Tye Johnson to give the Terps some life. Then, on 3rd and 7, Bortenschlager was sacked by Chase Young and stripped with the Buckeyes recovering at the Maryland 27.
Dwayne Haskins Jr entered the game with 3:44 remaining in the 3rd quarter and after 4 plays, JK Dobbins 3 yard TD run put the Buckeyes up 55-7 with 2:08 remaining in the quarter. Antonio Williams capped the Ohio State scoring for the with a 8-yard TD run with 10:01 remaining in the game, with Nuernberger’s PAT made it 62-7.
Antonio Williams 8 yard TD run finished up the scoring for Ohio State
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After a Dwayne Haskins fumble, Maryland punched it into the end zone one final time with 4:11 to go as Javon Leake scored from 20 yards out. The final, Ohio State 62 and Maryland 14.
Head coach Urban Meyer at the podium
Urban Meyer Press Conference following Ohio State's win over Maryland
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#10 Ohio State – Total Yards 584 – Rushing Yards 281 – Passing Yards 303 – First Downs 33 – Turnovers 2 Fumbles – Penalties 8 for 85
Maryland – Total Yards 66 – Rushing Yards 50 – Passing Yards 16 – First Downs 6 – Turnovers 2 Fumbles – Penalties 6 for 66
Player of The Game – Ohio State defense – 66 total yards allowed, 5 sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, 2 forced fumbles
Buckeyes are 18-1 in October since 2012
This was the fourth meeting of these two teams, with Ohio State having won the previous three, including a 62-3 win in 2016
Ohio State’s next game: Saturday, October 14th @ Nebraska (3-2, 2-0), 7:30 PM (ET)
Maryland’s next game: Saturday, October 14th vs Northwestern (2-3, 0-2), 3:30 PM (ET)
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