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When Ohio State took to the field at Maryland Stadium on Saturday it was as if the Buckeyes had never left Ohio Stadium the week before when they dismantled Nebraska 62-3.
The offense continued to click against the Maryland Terrapins and the defense played stellar per usual as the No. 5 Buckeyes piled up 45 points in the first half and breezed to another 62-3 win.
Quarterback J.T. Barrett ran for two scores and passed for two more while accounting for 300 total yards. He was 18 for 27 for 253 passing yards and added 47 yards rushing on 11 carries in less than three quarters of play.
Curtis Samuel had 74 receiving yards and a TD and ran for 38 yards and two scores and Mike Weber carried 12 times for 93 yards.
How It Happened
Ohio State (9-1, 6-1, Big Ten) started at its own 29 after a 26-yard opening kickoff return by Parris Campbell and proceeded to go 71 yards in 3:32 for the score. A pass interference call on Maryland’s JC Jackson helped move the chains and a 15-yard run by Samuel and 22-yard pass to Noah Brown put the ball at the Maryland 22.
Marcus Baugh had an 11-yard catch followed by Weber’s nine-yard run to the 2. Samuel ran it in from there for a 7-0 lead with 11:28 left on the clock in the first quarter.
It was the third straight game with a TD on the opening drive after going without a touchdown on the first possession of the first seven games
Maryland (5-5, 2-5) lost four yards in three plays and punted to Samuel at the OSU 33 and he returned it 11 yards. Four plays later it was 14-0 at the 9:29 mark. Barrett rushed for 8, Weber went for 28 and Samuel raced around end for another 16 before Barrett rolled left and ran for the score.
The teams then exchanged punts. It was significant because OSU’s Cameron Johnston did not have to punt against Nebraska. On the Terrapins next possession, backup QB Caleb Rowe replaced the injured Perry Hills and he took them to the OSU 1.
He thought he had put the ball across the goal line on the 1-yard run but a review said otherwise. Maryland was ready to go for it on fourth down but a false start pushed the ball back to the 6 where Adam Greene kicked a 23-yard field goal with 2:03 left in the first.
The Buckeyes’ quick strike offense made it 21-3 with only 21 seconds left in the first quarter. A pass interference set up a 36-yard Barrett pass to Samuel on the next play for the 96th TD responsible for by Barrett to break the Big Ten record of Purdue’s Drew Brees.
Following a Maryland punt, the Buckeyes drove 63 yards in eight plays in 3:06. Big plays were a 15-yard catch by K.J. Hill, Weber’s 11-yard run and a spectacular 8-yard reception by the tight end Baugh, who hurdled Jackson for the gain.
Barrett then kept the ball and ran for 16 to the Maryland 13 and another pass interference moved the ball to the 2. Barrett got nothing on a run and Weber added 1 but on third down Barrett rushed for the 28-2 lead with 11:08 left in the second as many in the student section left the game for other pursuits.
A Marshon Lattimore interception, his fourth of the season, put the Buckeyes in position for another score starting at the OSU 46.On the fourth play, Weber ran for 23 and Barrett went back to Samuel for 15-yard pass play after a false start. Barrett went a yard to the Maryland 5 and Samuel ran for the TD from there for a 35-3 score as 4:08 remained in the half.
Following a Maryland punt, Barrett and the Buckeyes struck again. On first down from the OSU 35, Weber went for 11. Barrett passed 13 to Campbell, 33 to Dontre Wilson and then went back to the senior H-back for a 8-yard scoring pass and a 42-3 lead with 2:10 to go before the half.
The Terrapins couldn’t escape the half without further damage when linebacker Raekwon McMillan forced a fumble by running back Wed Brown and it was recovered by end Jalyn Holmes at the Maryland 22.
OSU’s drive stalled and Tyler Durbin kicked a career-long 45-yard field goal with 49 seconds in the half for a 45-3 lead.
The Buckeyes padded the lead by 10 points in the third quarter on a Durbin 34-yard field goal at 12:22 after Maryland failed to convert a fourth-and-1 from at its on 49. Later, freshman backup quarterback Joe Burrow took over for Barrett during an 11-play 81-yard drive that was capped by a 3-yard TD run by freshman Demario McCall with 4:12 to go as the lead expanded to 55-3.
Burrow tossed a 25-yarder to Binjimen Victor for the freshman receiver’s first TD with 9:30 left in the game to make it 62-3.