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No. 5 Ohio State blanks Cincinnati for 42nd straight win vs teams from Ohio

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It’s been quite some time since No. 5 Ohio State (2-0) lost a game to another team form the state of Ohio. A thorough 42-0 victory over Cincinnati (1-1) on Saturday afternoon in Columbus extended Ohio State’s streak against in-state opponents to 42 consecutive wins.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields turned in another solid outing as the new starter in Columbus. Fields completed 17-of-21 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown, and he picked up two additional rushing touchdowns in the blowout victory. J.K. Dobbins led all players with 141 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Any threat of Cincinnati being able to keep things close in this game, as some anticipated might happen, were put to rest by a strong showing by the Ohio State defense. Cincinnati struggled all afternoon on third down (the Buckeyes thrived on third down conversions when on offense), and the Cincinnati offenses managed just 1.1 yards per rushing attempt until Ohio State let their foot off the gas.. Cincinnati was flagged for 10 penalties and lost the turnover battle too, both ingredients to thwart any shot at a significant upset.

The first half did have a scary moment for Cincinnati safety Kyriq McDonald. In the middle of a play, McDonald fell to the ground appearing to be having a seizure. He was taken off the field on a stretcher. McDonald does have a history of seizures, bu there was no immediate update on his situation provided. He did not return to the game after leaving in the first half.

The last time Ohio State lost to a team from Ohio was October 8, 1921 when the Buckeyes were on the wrong end of a 7-6 score against Oberlin. Ohio State will look to pick up a 43rd consecutive win against in-state opponents in two weeks when the Buckeyes host Miami Ohio. But first, Ohio State opens their Big Ten schedule next week at Indiana. In the meantime, Cincinnati will actually get a first crack at the RedHawks as Cincinnati returns home next week to face Miami Ohio in Week 3.

Cincinnati safety Kyriq McDonald leaves game on stretcher, Ohio State leads Cincy at half

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The battle of Ohio is going the way of the Buckeyes in Columbus. Ohio State, who hasn’t lost to a team from within the state since 1921, has built a 28-0 lead on Cincinnati. But the first half was marred by a medical scare to Cincinnati safety Kyriq McDonald, who was taken off the field on a stretcher.

McDonald was taken out of the game after having a scare on the field in the second quarter. McDonald went to the ground in the middle of a play without being touched. A medical cart was called out onto the field as he appeared to be going through convulsions. He was taken off the field on the stretcher after being evaluated by multiple medical staffers on the field.

Justin Fields got the scoring going for the buckeyes midway through a hard-fought first quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run. J.K. Dobbins then scored the next two touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 60-yard scamper for a quick touchdown midway through the second quarter. Fields got back on the board with a touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson to push the lead to 28-0. Ohio State’s defense has been locked in as well, not allowing a single third-down conversion to the visitors and just 108 yards of offense. Cincinnati is 0-for-7 on third down.

Ohio State sure seems to be in a solid position at the halftime break. The winning streak against in-state opponents does not appear to be in any real danger.

No. 10 Ohio State survives OT shootout at Maryland, still in Big Ten title hunt

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No. 10 Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) did not hold a lead until overtime, but that’s all that matters for the Buckeyes on this day. A failed two-point conversion attempt by Maryland (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) gave Ohio State a 52-51 victory to keep a shot at playing for the Big Ten East Division championship next week at home.

Ohio State and Maryland exchanged five straight touchdown drives as the offenses hit another gear in the final 15 minutes of regulation. Maryland had a chance to score last with the ball getting to the Ohio State 38-yard line, but Ohio State’s Chase Young chased down Maryland quarterback Tyrell Pigrome on 2nd & 10 for a loss of 14 yards and Dre’Mont Jones followed that with a sack for a loss of six yards on the final play of regulation as Maryland was out of field goal range in the closing seconds. That sent the game to overtime.

Starting on offense in overtime, Ohio State gambled with the way the offenses were going on a 4th and 1 play. After a timeout, Dwayne Haskins completed an easy pass to his left to Rashod Berry to get the ball to the five-yard line. Shortly after Ohio State was moved back 15 yards for a hands to the face penalty and a pass interference penalty on Maryland moved the ball forward 15 yards one play later, Haskins took care of business himself by running and stretching for the end zone and a touchdown. The call on the field had to be upheld following a video review to certify Ohio State’s first lead of the game.

Maryland wasted no time answering with a big 24-yard run by Anthony McFarland on the first play of Maryland’s overtime possession, and Tayon Fleet-Davis scored on the next play to bring Maryland within one. Rather than kick an extra point to force the second overtime, Maryland head coach Matt Canada opted to end the game one way or the other with a two-point conversion. Pilgrome rolled to his right and fired off a pass but it was unable to be hauled in, and Ohio State breathed a massive sigh of relief.

McFarland rushed for a career-high 298 yards with two long touchdown runs of at least 75 yards and Maryland rushed for a team total of 339 yards and five touchdowns against an Ohio State defense that once again showed plenty of problems. Making this less encouraging for Ohio State was the defense played one of their better games a week ago against Michigan State after some woeful performances leading up to that. Ohio State compensated with their offense, led by Haskins throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 59 yards and three touchdowns. J.K. Dobbins rushing for 203 yards and a touchdown.

Ohio State running back Mike Weber did not play in the game, although he was on the sidelines in uniform. No explanation for his absence was provided.

Ohio State has plenty of room for improvement next week when the Buckeyes host rival Michigan in the regular season finale. The winner of next week’s game between the Buckeyes and Wolverines will clinch the Big Ten East Division and head to Indianapolis to play Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game in two weeks. The win also helps keep Ohio State on the College Football Playoff radar, although the Buckeyes have a crowded pack in front of them.

Maryland will conclude its regular season next week on the road at Penn State. The Nittany Lions have won the last three meetings in the series since Maryland won the first Big Ten matchup between the two in 2014. Maryland lost at home 66-3 in last season’s regular-season finale. Maryland will have to win next week in order to qualify for a bowl game.

Maryland running game gashing Ohio State, Buckeyes on upset alert

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Is No. 10 Ohio State being caught looking ahead, or is Maryland simply taking advantage of defensive holes the Buckeyes have had all season? The Terrapins have put Ohio State in a difficult spot at halftime in College Park with freshman running back Anthony McFarland already rushing for 231 yards and two scores to help put Maryland on top of Ohio State, 24-17. Ohio State had a chance to draw even just before halftime but fumbled the ball at the Maryland one-yard line.

It was an incredibly sloppy start to the game for the Ohio State defense. McFarland ripped off an 81-yard touchdown run in the first minute of the game. On the ensuing kickoff, Maryland recovered a loose ball that fell in a perfect spot with Ohio State not prepared to recover. Ohio State’s defense forced a fumble one play later though to limit the damage. McFarland took off running for a 75-yard run after Ohio State settled for a field goal. Maryland took a 17-3 lead with their own field goal before the end of the first quarter.

Ohio State cut into the lead in the second quarter with Dwayne Haskins tossing a 68-yard touchdown strike to Terry McLaurin on the first play after a missed field goal try by the Terps. But the Ohio State defense failed on the ensuing drive by giving up a touchdown drive capped by a 16-yard touchdown run by Javon Leake.

But the Buckeyes did have one more answer with an eight-play 75-yard drive that was wrapped up by a J.K. Dobbins leap and stretch over a pile at the goal line for the score. Ohio State has not used Mike Weber in the running game, although he has been spotted on the sideline in uniform. A reason for his absence from this game has not been made public.

Late touchdown gives Ohio State 7-3 lead in defensive battle with Michigan State

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You want defense and punting? Ohio State and Michigan State have you covered up in East Lansing. The Buckeyes and Spartans are in a battle for second place in the Big Ten East Division and points appear to be at a premium this afternoon in Big Ten play. At halftime in Spartan Stadium, Ohio State is leading Michigan State 7-0 thanks to a late touchdown drive capped by a short touchdown pass from Dwayne Haskins to Parris Campbell form the one-yard line.

The Big Ten’s leading rushing defense of Michigan State has not allowed Ohio State to get their running game going. J.K. Dobbins had just 11 rushing yards with five minutes to play in the first half, and that was nullified by Haskins being taken down for a loss of 11 yards in the half. Haskins now is up to 23 yards. Michigan State’s running game has fared only marginally better with a combined team rushing total of 10 yards. Connor Heyward had zero rushing yards in the first half.

In need of a spark, Michigan State has switched quarterbacks as well with Rocky Lombardi taking over for Lewerke late in the first half.

Michigan fans are likely paying close attention to this result, as it will impact the division-clinching scenarios for the Wolverines. A win by Michigan State could mean Michigan can build a two-game cushion on Ohio State in the Big Ten standings with a win against Rutgers later today. A win by the Buckeyes will leave the possibility of a regular season finale to determine the Big Ten East crown on the table.