Earlier this past week, Jeff Heureman gave Maryland a little bulletin-board material ahead of its game against Ohio State.
“We’re going to go there and we’re going to welcome them to the Big Ten,” the Buckeyes tight end said Wednesday. “We’re going to go on the road and it’s going to be a big game and we’re going to show them what Big Ten football is and hopefully it’ll come out in our favor.”
In this case, Big Ten football was a woodshed… and the Terps’ home for three-plus hours Saturday afternoon.
Up 31-10 at the half, 20th-ranked OSU stayed standing on the opposition’s throats on in the last two quarters to win going away by the score of 52-24. J.T Barrett continued to state his case to remain the starter even after Braxton Miller returns from injury next year, accounting for 338 yards of offense (267 passing, 71 rushing) and five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing).
The Buckeyes statistically overwhelmed the Terps on offense, finishing with 533 yards to the home team’s 310. This marked the third game in a row the Buckeyes have put up at least 500 yards of total offense. The OSU offense was a balanced one as they ran for 269 yards and passed for 264 more.
They also had a 26-17 edge in first downs a week after tying the FBS single-game record with 39 in the win over Cincinnati.
Ezekiel Elliott led all rushers with 139 yards, his second straight 100-plus effort. Conversely, the Terps managed just 66 yards on the ground with a meager 2.8 yards per carry.
Even with a change at quarterback, the Terps could muster almost next to nothing through the air. C.J. Brown (11-18, 71 yards, one interception) was benched at halftime in favor of Caleb Rowe, who promptly through three interceptions in his two quarters of work. One of those picks was returned for a touchdown by Raekwon McMillan while another was returned to the one-yard line.
It was the Big Ten opener for the Buckeyes, while the Terps fell to 1-1 in league play.
The game marked the Terps’ first home conference game as a member of the Big Ten as well as its first sellout since November of 2008 against Florida State. It also showed they have a long, long way to go to compete with the conference’s elite teams.