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We’ll get this out of the way right off the bat. Chase Young was held out of the Maryland game and may miss the balance of the regular season, pending an Ohio State appeal. Now on to the game…
The #1 Buckeyes (9-0, 6-0) hosted an listless Maryland Terp team (3-7, 1-6) and won 73-14. This was a thorough beat-down from the opening series. I’m pressed to come up with an adequate adverb or adjective to describe it.
I anticipated that Ohio State would, due to the Chase Young imbroglio, play with a chip on their shoulders. They were absolutely merciless.
The Buckeyes set season highs in offensive plays (94), yards (705) and points (73). This with the 1st team offense playing only in the first half. The Maryland defense was so worn down / dispirited in the 4th quarter, Ohio State averaged 9.7 yards per play.
The Buckeyes scored TDs on each of their six meaningful 1st half possessions. With the 2nd, and 3rd team offense running in the second half, they scored 5 TDs and 1 FG in their eight possessions.
For the game, Ohio State had 705 yards driven by a soul-crushing 397 yards rushing. They converted 9/14 3rd downs to extend drives and exert their dominance.
The Buckeyes went 3 deep at quarterback. In one half of play, Justin Fields was 16-25 for 200 yards and 3 TDs. Chris Chugunov had a line of 8-11-103, 1 TD. In three series, Gunner Hoak had a line of 2-2-19, 0 TD.
Ohio State went four deep at running back. Master Teague III (MST3K) (18 carries, 111 yards, 0 TD) led OSU in rushing. In only one half of play, J.K. Dobbins (12, 90, 2) was productive. Also seeing significant workloads were Marcus Crowley (8, 82, 1) and Demario McCall (7, 78. 2). Justin Fields had only 5 carries for 28 yards and 1 TD).
The defense showed, against an overmatched Maryland offense that there is much more to the Oho State defense than Chase Young. They had 7 sacks for 50 yards. Tyreke Smith (starting in place of Young) and Davon Hamilton had 2 sacks each.
They exerted early dominance to really set the tone, and expectation for the game, holding Maryland to +1 net yard in the 1st quarter. They limited the Terps to a paltry 4.5 yards per pass on 17 attempts.
Maryland’s 3rd quarter touchdown was a bit of a gift due to Ohio State miscues. It started with a Chrisman 27 yard punt to the MD 36 yard line. On a 3rd & 11 play, Ohio State went consecutive plays of unsportsmanlike conduct, personal foul and personal foul. Maryland scored on the next play.
Their 4th quarter TD was similarly played out. A 70 yard kickoff was returned 70 yards by Maryland’s Javon Leake to the 27 yard line. A 15-yard pass interference penalty moved the ball to the 12, from whence Maryland scored on their next play.
Buffalonian Blake Haubeil & Co had a very busy day. He was 10-10 on extra points, 1-1 on field goals and kicked off 11 times averaging 52 yards per kick.
Drue Chrisman did make a couple appearances, averaging 37 yards.
The highlight was Haubeil’s chip shot onside kick recovered by Chris Olave. The ball was dropped into Olave’s hands as well as any Fields’ pass…
Another day of OSU’s back-ups getting significant playing time. The encouraging, but not surprising, aspect of the game was the effective play of the defense, especially the defensive line. Granted, it was against Maryland, but Coach Johnson has to be very pleased with the effort and results of Saturday.
The backup quarterback play was okay, but I couldn’t get a true read of Chugonov’s pocket awareness. Left tackle Dawand Jones did get speed rushed which led to a sack, but at some point, Chris needs to sense his environment.
Aide from the encouraging defensive line play, the running back performance was exactly what we needed. The effectiveness of Teague was not surprising, but Crowley and McCall showed very well.
Below is a table of quarter-by-quarter activity for both teams.
This table summarizes the game fairly well. Total dominance in every quarter. This game was a, to date, season record on both sides of the ball. Ohio State set season “best” in the following offensive categories:
- Offensive plays: 94
- Yards gained: 705
- Points scored: 73
- Opponent plays: 49
They had “2nd best” in yards allowed (139) and yards per play allowed (2.8). Both were slightly off the mark set against Miami (OH).
The Buckeyes travel to Piscataway, NJ for a Saturday match-up against Rutgers (2-7, 0-6). Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm. You’ll be able to watch it on BTN or listen on 97.1. Or both.