By Ethan Cadeaux
A year has past since Ohio State came into Maryland Stadium and defeated the Terps 62-3, and, well it’s safe to say, nothing has changed.
A year later and in a different venue, the Buckeyes shattered any hopes or dreams the Terrapins hadabout pulling off an upset over a top 10 team, as Ohio State defeated Maryland 62-14 in the Horseshoe.
Maryland’s quarterback carousel took another turn, as sophomore Max Bortenschlager left the game in the third quarter with an injury. It didn’t matter, as he finished with just three completions on 12 attempts for a mere 16 yards.
Meanwhile, the Buckeyes offense was unstoppable, as it entered halftime with a 41-7 lead. Quarterback J.T. Barrett finished with 261 yards and three touchdowns before being replaced by sophomore Dwayne Haskins, who was previously a Terrapin commit before he flipped to Ohio State a couple weeks before 2016’s National Signing Day.
At halftime, the Buckeyes had 361 yards of total offense, compared to just 18 from Maryland.
The Buckeyes dominated play via the run game as well, as five different rushers scored touchdowns. Both J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber lead the way for the Buckeyes, as they each had 13 carries and a touchdown.
The Terrapins didn’t score an offensive touchdown until the fourth quarter, when both teams were playing younger guys that would have never seen the field in a closer game.
Despite a kickoff return touchdown by the electric Ty Johnson in the first quarter, Terps head coach D.J. Durkin had very few positives to take away from Saturday’s beat down.
After an impressive road victory over Minnesota just a week ago, the Terps were reminded Saturday just how much further this program has to go before they are truly a contender for the Big Ten.