COLUMBUS, Ohio — One more game for the Ohio State Buckeyes before the mid-season bye week and it's a Big Ten home-opener with the Maryland Terrapins in town. Ohio State has never lost to Maryland and is playing the Terps for the first time in two years after last season's game was cancelled because of CoVID-19.
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- FINAL. BUCKEYES WIN!
- Ohio State has now recorded a pick-six in four consecutive games, and has scored a defensive touchdown in five of six games this season.
- PICK SIX! Craig Young scoops up the ball and takes it back 70 yards for the Buckeye touchdown! 66-17, Ohio State.
- Ohio State turns the ball over on downs as Jack Miller's pass to Joe Royer is broken up by Dante Trader. 5:32 remaining in the game.
- Jack Miller is now in at QB for the Buckeyes.
- INTERCEPTION! Ryan Watts comes down with the ball on an errant throw by Tagovailoa. Ohio State takes over at the Maryland 38-yard line.
- An Ohio State drive stalls for the first time all game, and Noah Ruggles caps off the drive with a 32-yard field goal. 59-17, Buckeyes.
- A would-be touchdown run by Marcus Crowley is called back due to a hold by Emeka Egbuka
- Ohio State's offense continues to move the ball down the field with McCord and company, as the Buckeyes enter the red zone yet again!
- Kyle McCord enters the game at QB in relief of C.J. Stroud for the Buckeyes. Many backups are starting to file into the lineup.
- Emeka Egbuka with another impressive kick return, giving OSU starting field position at the 48-yard line.
- Maryland strikes back quickly, as Tagovailoa finds Rakim Jarrett for a 43-yard touchdown. Jarrett shows impressive footwork to stay in-bounds on the sideline of his long catch-and-run. 56-17, Buckeyes.
- Backups are starting to enter the game for the Buckeye defense late in the third quarter.
- C.J. Stroud is 24-for-33 for 406 yards and 5 touchdowns in the game. It's Stroud's second 400-yard passing performance in 5 career starts.
- TRE FOR TREY! TreVeyon Henderson scores his third touchdown of the game on a 14-yard scamper. OSU is piling it on, 56-10.
- Taulia Tagovailoa runs out-of-bounds behind the line of scrimmage on 3rd and 11, forcing another Maryland punt. Ohio State begins their next offensive possession from the 34-yard line.
- Maryland narrowly converts on a 4th and 1, picking up a first down for the first time in the second half.
- Haskell Garrett exits the game for the Buckeyes with what appears to be a right leg injury.
- Chris Olave now stands alone at number three on the Buckeyes all-time receiving touchdown list, trailing only David Boston (34) and Devin Smith (30).
- Olave has now recorded two touchdown receptions in two straight games, and has scored at least one touchdown in three consecutive games. He's also gone over 100 yards for the 10th time in his career, tying him for second in OSU history for 100 yard games by a pass catcher.
- WOW! Chris Olave shakes off the pass interference to wrangle in his second touchdown reception of the day. The 30-yard strike gives the Buckeyes a 49-10 lead!
- OSU's three-headed monster at WR is having a day:
- The Buckeye defense has forced 3 three-and-outs on seven Maryland offensive drives.
- Ohio State forces a Maryland three-and-out and will regain possession. The Buckeyes have scored on 6 of 7 possessions in the game, with the only non-scoring drive being a kneel-down to end the first half.
- After eclipsing 300 yards passing on the Buckeyes' last possession, C.J. Stroud now has three 300-yard passing performances in his first five starts.
- Garrett Wilson recorded his 100th career reception during today's game, making him the 22nd player in OSU Football history to reach the milestone.
- Garrett Wilson... AGAIN! Stroud finds Wilson for his fourth touchdown pass of the game and Wilson's second TD reception. Ohio State stretches their advantage, 42-10.
- C.J. Stroud just misses Chris Olave on a would-be 46-yard touchdown connection on 2nd and 7, then finds Jaxon Smith-Njigba for the third down conversion.
- TreVeyon Henderson continues to look for running room, picking up 17 yards on a second down run and moving the Buckeyes into Terps territory.
- The Buckeyes receive the opening kickoff of the second half and Emeka Egbuka records another nice return, taking the ball up to the 34 yard-line to start OSU's first drive of the third quarter
- Halftime stats:
- Ohio State kneels down to end the half. Ohio State has 35 points on 36 plays (including the kneel down) and has scored in each of it's five possessions before the half.
- Master. Teague. Scores! Teague hits pay dirt on 3rd-and-5 to extend the Buckeye lead to 25. 35-10, OSU.
- Jaxon Smith-Njigba stays making plays! Stroud finds the speedy sophomore down the seam for a big gain, and OSU is in the red zone with under a minute remaining in the half.
- OSU's starting five on the offensive line have all returned for this Buckeyes possession.
- A fourth-down attempt by Maryland at the OSU 5-yard line is STUFFED as the Buckeyes sack Tagovailoa, who slipped on the play. The Terps come up empty deep in Ohio State territory.
- A 30-yard gain on fourth-and-one from Challen Faamatau extends Maryland's drive. The Terps are inside the Buckeye 11-yard line.
- Ohio State defensive back Cameron Brown is down after attempting to make a tackle on the sideline.
- C.J. Stroud now has 5 consecutive completions of over 20 yards, and the Buckeyes have scored touchdowns on 3 of their last 6 offensive snaps.
- TOUCHDOWN TREVEYON! Henderson gets into the end zone for the second time today on a 26-yard touchdown reception from C.J. Stroud. 28-10, Ohio State.
- Emeka Egbuka with a HUGE kickoff return after the Maryland touchdown. The 67-yard runback sets the Buckeyes up with the football at Terps 29-yard line to start the drive.
- Carlos Carriere is on the receiving end of a Taulia Tagovailoa touchdown pass, capping off a 12 play, 75 yard drive for the Terps first trip to the end zone. 21-10, Buckeyes.
- Maryland hits a couple of chunk plays -- gains of 20 and 15 on back-to-back snaps -- and are set up inside the Buckeye 10-yard line.
- C.J. Stroud thus far: 14-for-17 for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns.
- CHRIS OLAVE SCORES! The standout wide receiver was left all alone as he walks into the end zone, capping off a 3 play, 62 yard drive for the Buckeyes. 21-3, OSU.
- A 22-yard connection between C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba sets up the OSU offense at the Maryland 36.
- Thayer Munford is back in at left guard, and Jones has moved to right guard in relief of Paris Johnson
- The Ohio State defense gets another stop, and Garrett Wilson finds a little room on the punt return to push the ball past the 35 yard-line. Buckeye football.
- Between quarters, Ohio State acknowledged student-athletes that participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- End of the first quarter.
- TOUCHDOWN BUCKEYES! Two big plays from freshman TreVeyon Henderson result in the Buckeyes' second score of the day. 14-3, Bucks.
- Big time throw from C.J. Stroud to push Ohio State into Terps' territory. Stroud stepped up in the pocket and delivered a sideline strike as he was getting hit.
- Matt Jones is in for Thayer Munford at left guard to start Ohio State's second possession.
- A holding penalty on a would-be 3rd and 9 conversion for Maryland results in a drive-staller. Maryland forced to punt and OSU regains possession.
- Garrett Wilson has been on a tear:
- GARRETT WILSON FOR SIX! The Buckeyes for for it on fourth and goal, and C.J. Stroud finds Wilson in the back corner of the end zone to cap off a 17 play, 88 yard drive. Buckeyes up, 7-3.
- Ohio State’s 17 play drive to open the game was the Buckeyes' longest since 2015, when they had a 17 play drive against Hawaii. Before that, the next longest drive was 19 plays -- 142 games ago in 2010 against Wisconsin.
- A drop by Jeremy Ruckert on 2nd down and a false start on 3rd and 8 put the Buckeyes behind the chains, but Jaxon Smith-Njigba finds enough space to wiggle forward for a first down to extend the drive on 3rd and 13!
- Garrett Wilson comes up with a nice reception on a drag route to extend the OSU drive on third down.
- Ohio State starts with the football from the 12 after a holding penalty is called on the runback.
- Taulia Tagovailoa is sacked by Javonte Jean-Baptiste and Haskell Garrett on third down and Maryland is held to 3 points on their opening possession. 3-0, Terps.
- Ohio State is called for a roughing the passer penalty on a hit from Javonte Jean-Baptiste. Maryland pushes the football inside the Buckeyes' 25.
- Timeout for an injured player, as Maryland's JeShaun Jones is down on the field and will be carted off. The injury appears to be to the right leg of Jones.
- Marcus Williamson gets the start at safety today for the OSU defense. Zach Harrison and Javonte Jean-Baptiste start at defensive end. No sign of Tyreke Smith to this point.
- Kickoff in Columbus! Ohio State will start the game on defense after Maryland won the toss and chose to receive.
- Maryland wins the coin toss, they’ll get the ball first. Maryland elects to receive and the Buckeyes will defend the south goal.
- Ohio State's captains today are Kamryn Babb, Chris Olave, Thayer Munford and Zach Harrison
- Here come the Buckeyes!
- Maryland is expected to be without two starting cornerbacks today: Jakorian Bennett and Kenny Bennett.
- The band has taken the field! 20 minutes until kickoff.
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- Julian Fleming and Demario McCall, who are both listed as game-time decisions today against Maryland, are on the field for warm-ups.
- Ohio State takes the field:
- The Buckeyes have headed back to the locker room. 45 minutes until kickoff.
- C.J. Stroud, Kyle McCord, Jack Miller and Quinn Ewers all rotate throwing deep balls during warm ups.
- The officials for today's game:
- Referee: Michael Cannon
- Umpire: Ken Zelmanski
- Linesman: Bruce Keeling
- Line Judge: Jeff Meslow
- Back Judge: Robert Smith Jr.
- Field Judge: Stephen Hassel
- Side Judge: John Hayes
- Center Judge: Bryan Banks
- Ohio State defensive end Tyreke Smith is going through pre-game warm ups. The senior is listed as a game-time decision vs. Maryland.
- One hour until kick, and the fog over the 'Shoe has started to disperse. A cloudy day that will reach 81 degrees!
- We are under 90 minutes to kickoff. The specialists, running backs and tight ends have emerged from the locker room to begin stretching. Many of Maryland's players have also started to take the field. No one is in pads yet.
- The Buckeyes have concluded Skull Session and the Buckeye walk and are now making their way into the stadium.
- The tailgating scene is active this morning as fans file their way into the 'Shoe for pregame.
Game Preview: Ohio State Carrying Momentum Into Homecoming Game Against Maryland
After opening Big Ten play with road games at Minnesota and Rutgers, Ohio State hosts Maryland on Saturday in its first home game of the season against a conference opponent.
The Buckeyes are coming off their most complete game of the season, as quarterback C.J. Stroud threw a career-high five touchdown passes in a 52-13 win against the Scarlet Knights last weekend. The defense pitched in, too, intercepting three passes and even returning one for a score.
The Terrapins, meanwhile, turned the ball over seven times in a disastrous 51-14 loss to Iowa at home last weekend. That includes five interceptions from quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who was otherwise impressive in his first four starts of the season.
Of course, Ohio State would love to head into its open week with the momentum of another convincing win. But head coach Ryan Day hopes his team doesn’t overlook this Maryland team, which – much like Rutgers one week ago – is much improved compared to years past.
“I don’t even want to talk about that,” Day said during his lightning round media availability on Thursday afternoon. “I really just want to focus on this game right here and just maximizing today and just worrying about exactly Saturday.
"I really want to focus on just playing really great on Saturday and not what’s coming next. Let’s just focus on winning this game and finding a way to win this game however it looks, and then we’ll go from there.”
- Last year’s scheduled meeting between the Buckeyes and Terrapins was cancelled because of a coronavirus outbreak within the Maryland program. It was one of three games that Ohio State did not play under such circumstances (at Illinois, vs. Michigan).
- The Buckeyes are averaging 58.3 pointes per game in six games against the Terrapins, who average just 22.3 points per contest. That includes a 52-51 overtime win for Ohio State in 2018.
- Ohio State secondary coach Matt Barnes was Maryland’s special teams coordinator and linebackers coach for three seasons (2016-18). He actually took over defensive play-calling duties midway through his final season with the program, similar to how he calls the plays for the Buckeyes this year instead of defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs.
- The Buckeyes lead the nation in total offense with 555.6 yards per game and in yards per play with 8.57. They’re also fourth in scoring with 45.0 points per game.
- Ohio State has now won 10 consecutive conference road games by double digits, a Big Ten record. The 2018 game at Maryland was the last single-digit conference road win.
- Ohio State has three players on its roster from Maryland, including defensive tackle Taron Vincent (Baltimore), linebacker Mitchell Melton (Silver Spring) and safety Bryson Shaw (Eldersburg). Shaw said during his press conference this week that he was a fan of the Terrapins growing up, though more so their basketball program.
- A total of 27 true and redshirt freshmen were among the 74-man travel roster for the game at Rutgers. All but four saw action against the Scarlet Knights.
How to Watch/Stream, Listen to Ohio State vs. Maryland
Streaming: fuboTV (get a 7-day free trial)
Announcers: Aaron Goldsmith (play-by-play), Brock Huard (analyst), Bruce Feldman (sideline reporter)
Local Radio: Ohio State Sports Network from Learfield IMG College
Flagship: WBNS 97.1 The Fan
Announcers: Paul Keels (play-by-play), Jim Lachey (analyst), Matt Andrews (sideline reporter), Skip Mosic (pregame/halftime/postgame host and producer)
BIG TEN Schedule (Week 6)
All times eastern
Maryland at No. 7 Ohio State, 12 p.m.. FOX
No. 11 Michigan State at Rutgers, 12 p.m., Big Ten Network
Wisconsin at Illinois, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Iowa, 4:00 p.m., FOX
No. 9 Michigan at Nebraska, 7:30 p.m., ABC
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