By Michael Stern
Amid rumors of head coach Randy Edsall being on his way out the door, Maryland lost to Ohio State 49-28 despite being tied at 21 early in the second half.
Perry Hills was named the starting quarterback and immediately went to work against Ohio State. Hills threw a 52-yard touchdown strike to D.J. Moore, and put Maryland up by seven. Moore finished the day with three catches for 64 yards.
Ohio State, led by Cardale Jones, immediately drove the other way. Once they hit the thirty, head coach Urban Meyer sent in J.T. Barrett to lead the offense. Barrett capped the drive with a two-yard rushing touchdown. The Buckeyes followed that play with another touchdown drive, which resulted in an Ezekiel Elliot rushing touchdown.
Maryland had trouble moving the ball offensively. Hills was only able to complete two passes in the first half, and ten all game. Maryland’s receiving corps were unable to hold on to the football. After Jones threw two strikes to former quarterback Braxton Miller, including a 19-yard touchdown pass, Maryland got the ball back with a 1:11 left in the first half.
Perry Hills surprised everyone on the field when he dropped back to pass, found everyone was covered, and rushed up the middle. After making two guys miss, Hills ran for 75 yards and set Maryland up at the four yard line. He capped that drive with a touchdown run of his own. At the half the score was 21-14 Ohio State.
Maryland received the second half kickoff and went right back to work. Hills continued scrambling for big gains, and scored his second touchdown of the day to tie the game. Maryland stopped Ohio State on the drive following and had a chance to take the lead.
That is when the Maryland offense began to stall. Perry Hills rushed the ball, but could not get anything going in the air. He ended with 10 completions for 133 yards and 25 rushes for 170 yards. Hills broke CJ Brown’s single-game rushing record for Maryland quarterbacks.
The other noteworthy rushing stat Saturday was that Brandon Ross reached 2,000 yards for his career. Ross is the twelfth back for Maryland to eclipse that mark. He finished with 29 yards on seven carries.
It was all Ohio State mid way through the third quarter. Jones threw a beautiful pass to a wide open Jalin Marshall for a 48-yard touchdown, and then the run game began clicking for Ohio State with Elliott rushing for a touchdown and J.T. Barrett rushing for two more.
After the game, Edsall said he had not discussed his future with the administration. Edsall left Saturday’s press conference early. Postgame, Hills said he was focused on improving his game. Hills said the team was staying focused and not listening to what others are saying.
The Terps have a bye this week before taking on Penn State in Baltimore on October 24.