Every team has injuries, but what is happening with Maryland is something else.
Five offensive players who started last week for the Terrapins will be out for this weekend’s game against Clemson. Even if Maryland was at full strength it may have been a difficult position to try to knock off Clemson, with the Tigers looking to bounce back after a demoralizing blowout loss at home last weekend to Florida State on the national stage. Maryland may not even be at two-thirds or three-fourths strength this weekend.
Nine players are out for the season including Maryland’s top two wide receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Young. A total of 12 additional players are listed out for the Clemson game, including starting quarter CJ Brown and leading rusher Brandon Ross.
Here is the full Maryland injury report for this weekend, courtesy of CSN Baltimore:
- DB Milan Collins | Ankle | Out for the season
- LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil | Upper Body | Out for the season
- WR Stefon Diggs | Leg | Out for the season
- OL JaJuan Dulaney | Knee | Out for the season
- WR Deon Long | Leg | Out for the season
- DB Dexter McDougle | Shoulder | Out for the season
- DL Mike Minter | Knee | Out for the seasom
- DL Kingsley Opara | Shoulder | Out for the season
- DL Ty Tucker | Knee | Out for the season
- OL Silvano Altamirano | Back | Out
- QB C.J. Brown | Trunk | Out
- LS Christian Carpenter | Knee | Out
- WR Tyrek Cheeseboro | Head | Out
- LB L.A. Goree |Back | Out
- K Adam Greene |Quad | Out
- DB Jeremiah Johnson | Toe | Out
- OL Nick Klemm | Foot | Out
- WR DeAndre Lane | Head |Out
- DB Anthony Nixon | Toe |Out
- RB Brandon Ross | Shoulder | Out
- TE Dave Stinebaugh | Knee | Out
- DL Zeke Riser | Ankle | Probable
- LB Matt Robinson | Shoulder | Probable
- LB Alex Twine | Shoulder | Probable
If this is the last game Randy Edsall coaches at Maryland, at least he is making it count. Maryland may be down at the half, but the overmatched Terrapins are giving No. 1 Ohio State all it can handle it would seem. Ohio State holds a 21-14 lead on Maryland at the half, with big plays being the key.
Maryland struck first when Perry Hills connected to an open D.J. Moore down the middle of the field for a 52-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Ohio State would battle back, switching up the quarterbacks between Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett along the way. The Buckeyes ripped off three touchdowns, with Barrett and Ezekiel Elliott each running for one and Jones throwing for the third, to Braxton Miller. Up 21-7, all seemed to return to normal for the Buckeyes, but Maryland cut the lead to seven late in the first half.
Hills broke free for a 75-yard run from the Maryland 22-yard line all the way down to the Ohio State three, and he finsihed off the quick touchdown on the next play with a short touchdown run. So Maryland continues to linger, which appears to be a theme with Ohio State’s opponents this season.
Jones has completed 15 of 20 pass attempts for 195 yards and a touchdown for Ohio State. Barrett attempted just one pass, which was good for a 20-yard gain. Elliott has just 25 rushing yards on 11 attempts at the half.
Nobody could have seen this coming, even after throwing out the records. A week after being ambushed by TCU, Charlie Strong and his Texas Longhorns looked like a completely different team in the first quarter against No. 10 Oklahoma in the old Cotton Bowl. Texas holds a surprising 14-3 lead at the half.
Jerrod Heard completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Johnson midway through the first quarter. The Longhorns made it 14-0 when a break went their way. Lorenzo Joe recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score to make it 14-0 after Oklahoma had fumbled away the ensuing kickoff after the first score.
Texas outgained Oklahoma in the first quarter, 133 yards to just 15, and at the half (169 yards to just 85). Oklahoma went three-and-out on each of its two drives, and the Sooners had to punt four times before being able to put a dent on the scoreboard with a short 21-yard field goal by Austin Seibert after a 12-play drive stalled at the Texas four-yard line. Meanwhile, Texas was building a double-digit lead.
Without a doubt, the first half of this game was the best half we have seen from Texas in a while. Can they keep it going and score what would be a significant upset to get our day started?