Ohio State reams Maryland, drops Terps to .500

Feature photo courtesy of Maryland athletics.

Ohio State slaughtered a Maryland team that wore all-red uniforms reminiscent of the bloodbath they played in, winning 62-3 Saturday.

With Ohio State moving the ball effortlessly, Maryland never stood a chance against the talented Buckeyes.

Ohio State tore up the field on its first drive, moving 71 yards in seven plays. Running back Curtis Samuel turned the corner on a sweep and entered the end zone three yards later untouched.

After a Maryland three-and-out and a short Wade Lees punt, the Buckeyes used four plays to cruise 56 yards. JT Barrett shook off defensive tackle Chandler Burkett and faced no further challenges en route to the end zone. In five and a half minutes, the Buckeyes built a 14-0 lead.

Barrett would end his day in the third quarter, having accounted for four touchdowns: two in the air, two on the ground. He threw for 253 yards and ran for 47 more.

Maryland lost its quarterback, Perry Hills, on its next drive. Hills has battled a right shoulder injury all season and exited a game for the fourth time this year, this time with a left shoulder problem.

Quarterback Caleb Rowe took over and brought the Terps to the goal line. He appeared to stretch the ball over the plane on 3rd and goal, but replay officials decided he was short. A false start pushed Maryland back five yards and forced them to kick on 4th down.

14-3 was as close as Maryland would get to Ohio State.

“I think it’s another back-to-back week where the game got away from us early,” Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, referencing last week’s 59-3 loss to Michigan. “We didn’t take advantage of the opportunities we had, didn’t get a stop on defense and once again got down near the goalline and didn’t convert it to a touchdown … If you’re gonna play with a team or beat a team like that, you’ve got to take advantage of opportunities, and we didn’t.”

On the fourth play of another quick drive, Samuel lined up out wide and torched cornerback Alvin Hill. With a late burst, Samuel chased down Barrett’s 36-yard pass in the end zone, leaving Hill crumpled on the ground behind him.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer loved the matchup problem Samuel presented for Maryland’s defense.

“When we saw they pressed him, we felt real confident in him and his ability to punch the ticket deep,” Meyer said.

Samuel finished with five catches for 74 yards and a touchdown, plus four rushes for 38 yards and two touchdowns.

Three more touchdowns and a last-minute field goal put the Buckeyes up 45-3 at the half. At that point, they had out-rushed Maryland 171-5 and picked up four times as many first downs (20) as the Terps. Maryland was 0-for-7 on third down attempts before the break.

As Maryland fans headed for the exits, it was hard not to notice the air sucked from Maryland Stadium.

When the score gets that lopsided, “and you see maybe the entire crowd kind of leaving, as a player, it’s pretty tough to go out there with the same energy as you do when it’s 0-0 at the beginning of the game,” left tackle Michael Dunn said. “That’s why our coaches kept telling us, ‘Just go out there like it’s 0-0.’”

The large contingency of Buckeyes fans left in attendance taunted the Terrapins with “O-H-I-O” chants, each syllable screamed from a different half of the stadium.

Playing from behind, Maryland couldn’t establish its running game. The Terrapins ran 40 times for 43 yards, led by 21 from Ty Johnson. Backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome, the third Maryland quarterback used in the game, kept the ball 10 times, picking up 14 yards.

Averaging nearly six yards per carry, the Buckeyes ran for 253 yards and five touchdowns. Mike Weber led the way with 93 yards.

Maryland was missing running back Lorenzo Harrison, who was among three freshmen suspended indefinitely for violating the student athlete code. Harrison came into the week as the team’s second-leading rusher with 633 yards, just 56 yards shy of breaking LaMont Jordan’s Maryland freshman rushing record. Wide receiver DJ Turner and linebacker Antoine Brooks were also suspended.

The loss was Maryland’s worst since a 63-0 drubbing by Florida State in 2013. Maryland is now 5-5, while Ohio State improves to 9-1.

Edited by Justin Meyer.

Connor Mount

Connor Mount

Senior Staff Writer at The Left Bench
Connor Mount is an analytics enthusiast, which is polite for "sports nerd." Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, Class of 2017.
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Connor Mount is an analytics enthusiast, which is polite for "sports nerd." Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, Class of 2017.