Ohio State defeats Maryland 73-14
The No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes were without their top defensive playmaker Chase Young, due to a suspension for an NCAA violation. Even then, they easily defeated the Maryland Terrapins 73-14.
In the Terps first drive, they could not get anything going. There was confusion and a missed assignment on the right side of their offensive line, leading to a sack by Ohio State's linebacker Malik Harrison. Maryland quarterback Josh Jackson had no time to make a read on that play. On the very next play, he threw a pass in a tight window that was well-defended by cornerback Jeff Okudah.
On the otherside, the Buckeyes had a great first drive. Running back J.K. Dobbins rushed for 24 yards and had a reception for eight yards on that drive alone. That eventually led to a 12-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Binjimin Victor on a crossing route. The Terps could not generate any pressure or stop the run all game long. The 21-0 deficit of the Terps after the first quarter already determined the outcome of the game.
Potential Heisman quarterback Justin Fields did not have to do much but was very impressive. He finished the day completing 16 of 25 passes for 200 yards and three touchdown passes. He also carried the ball five times for 28 yards and a score. Keep in mind his did all of this in the first half but with a very comfortable 42-0 lead going into half time, the Buckeyes backup quarterback Chris Chugunov finished the game.
The Terps played both of their quarterbacks today and neither one performed well. Josh Jackson and Tyrrell Pigrome combined for 77 yards passing with one touchdown pass and one interception. Coach Mike Locksley will need to decide which quarterback should be the starter moving forward.
Ohio State kept Anthony McFarland Jr in check, finishing the night with six carries for only seven yards. They shut down the Terps' top wide receiver in Dontay Demus, making only one catch for 26 yards and a touchdown. Running backs Javon Leake and Tayon Fleet-Davis combined for 17 carries, 99 yards, and a touchdown. Locksley needs to revise the blocking to better utilize his running backs. There is talent in the backfield but with no momentum building in their passing game, it was easy for Ohio State to shut Maryland's offense down.
Maryland will return home next week in their matchup with Nebraska.