Maryland’s first-ever meeting with Ohio State had quickly devolved into a one-sided beating at the hands of the one of the Big Ten’s old guard before the new kid on the conference block closed the gap a bit late. And then turned right back into a beatdown shortly thereafter.
Playing in front of their first sellout crowd since 2008 against Florida State and in their first conference home game in the Big Ten, the Terps allowed a touchdown three minutes into the game and the Buckeyes never really looked back, taking a 31-10 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Buckeyes totaled 279 yards of offense to just 104 for the Terps, who got 75 of those yards on a drive that was capped by a two-yard Wes Brown scoring run with 2:24 left in the first half.
The Terps had come into the game averaging 421.3 yards per game (66th in the country) and 36.8 points per game (T-41st). OSU’s pass defense, which was carved up to the tune 330 yards last week, allowed just 71 in the first two quarters.
The Buckeyes’ lone punt came with just over a minute left, a 69-yarder off the foot of Australian Cameron Johnston. The very next play from scrimmage, head coach Randy Edsall inexplicably allowed his offensive coordinator to call for a pass from the their own seven-yard line with 1:12 remaining, a pass that was picked off by OSU’s Darron Lee and, after a fumble, was ultimately returned to the one-yard line. J.T. Barrett then hit Nick Vannett to push the lead back out to 21.
As has been the case most of the season, Barrett paced the Buckeyes’ offensive attack. The redshirt freshman quarterback, in his first year as a starter, completed 11-of-15 passes for 151 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He added 55 yards rushing.
Picking up right where he left off, Ezekiel Elliott led all OSU rushers with 82 yards on the ground on his 13 carries. In the win over Cincinnati in Week 5, the sophomore ran for a career-high 182 yards. Rod Smith produced the only rushing touchdown of the game, a one-yard plunge in the first quarter that put the Buckeyes up 7-0 early.
The Buckeyes’ defense, meanwhile, recorded five tackles for loss and three sacks (by three different players). True sophomore Joey Bosa, one of the top defensive linemen in the country, had two tackles for loss and a sack.
Brad Craddock‘s school-record 57-yard field goal in the first quarter accounted for the Terps’ first points. The kicker has now made 17 straight field goals, which is the top current streak in the country.