After smashing Nebraska last week, the Ohio State Buckeyes are at it once again knocking out the opposing quarterback and creating a giant advantage on the scoreboard. Ohio state has been nothing short of dominant after one half of play at Maryland, with a 45-3 lead on the road in Big Ten play.
J.T. Barrett and Curtis Samuel have been locked in, with five connections between them and 74 yards and a touchdown. Samuel opened the scoring with a short touchdown run in the first quarter as well, and Barrett added his own rushing touchdown later in the first quarter to build a 14-0 lead. The two hooked up for a 36-yard score late in the first quarter to go up 21-3.
The Ohio State defense has had an impact as well. Maryland quarterback Perry Hills was knocked out of the game in the first half after a very rough start to the game, completing one of three pass attempts for a loss of four yards. Caleb Rowe has taken over at quarterback, but a lack of protection has led to some shaky results against a talented defense. It appeared Rowe may have scored a touchdown on a third and goal but Big Ten refs missed a facemask penalty and upheld the no-touchdown cal on the field following a video review.
Regardless if the refs messed up a touchdown opportunity for Maryland or not, the Buckeyes have been taking care of this game, holding Maryland to fewer than 100 yards of offense at the half. Maryland is 0-for-7 on third down.
And we still have a second half to play? Can we get a running clock at least?