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Buckeyes Leaves: Our helmet stickers for Ohio State's win over Maryland

Ohio State struggled to put an opponent away yet again, but the Buckeyes managed to get a 49-28 win over the Terrapins. Who deserved a helmet sticker for their effort?

Ryan Ginn: After failing to win the starting job, J.T. Barrett proved he can still step in and play a crucial role on this team. He only attempted two passes (completing both for a total of 26 yards) but he ran the ball 12 times for 62 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly, Ohio State was successful in the red zone, an area in which it had previously struggled. Scoring six touchdowns in six red-zone trips was a big step forward for the Buckeyes.

Blake Williams: There were plenty of offensive options for the Buckeyes, a change of pace from recent weeks, and I am going to go with the guy who has been absent from the offensive game plan for a while now. Braxton Miller had eight touches for a total of 90 yards with a touchdown and was a serious weapon as a wide receiver. He made a fantastic diving catch for a 33-yard gain and hauled in a touchdown on consecutive plays in the second quarter that helped the Buckeyes go up two scores and looked like a true wide receiver on that series. At least for now Braxton is back as a part of the offense and he gets my Buckeye leaf for his efforts.

Jeff Svoboda: My Buckeye Leaf goes to Cardale Jones. In a week that couldn't have been easy for him given the dissatisfaction of the fan base after the close win at Indiana, Jones came back and might have played his most efficient game as a Buckeye, at least in the passing game. Going 21 of 28 through the air with 291 yards (a career high) and two touchdowns is pretty impressive, and the passing game needed that. He also dealt with the pressure of J.T. Barrett's reinsertion into the OSU offense with aplomb on the field, a key if the Buckeyes are going to keep having success with that arrangement.

Tim Moody: The top headline from the game will be J.T. Barrett’s emergence as Ohio State’s red zone/running quarterback, but that guy named Cardale was the best player for the Buckeyes. Just like last week, Tyquan Lewis might have an argument from the defensive side with 2.5 sacks, but Ohio State gave up 28 points to the Terrapins while Jones had a career day. He finished the game with 21 completions on just 28 attempts for 291 yards and two touchdowns without turning the ball over.The completions and passing yardage were career highs as Jones looked like the complete package Ohio State fans should be hoping for. His numbers could’ve been much better, too, as Barrett had 26 more passing yards and three rushing touchdowns.

James Grega: On a day in which both quarterbacks played well, I am giving my Buckeye Leaf to Michael Thomas. The junior wide receiver topped the century mark in receiving yards for the first time in his career and did it relatively easy against the Maryland defense. While he did not score a touchdown, he probably would have had William Likely not interfered with the pass in the corner of the end zone. For the first time all season, it seemed as though the Buckeyes made it a point to target Thomas and it paid off big time as Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett combined for more than 300 yards through the air.


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