Final Score: #1 Ohio State 73 Maryland 14
Brief Recap: This game was never in question. Sure, Chase Young wasn’t playing. And neither was Ohio State’s other starting defensive end. But, that didn’t matter, either. The Buckeyes have crushed every team they’ve played and Maryland was no different. Ohio State was up 42-0 at halftime. The game got out of hand quickly.
Key Moment: Ohio State led 14-0 in the first quarter and already looked like it was in control. As if that wasn’t enough, the Buckeyes called an onside kick after scoring and it worked perfectly. Moments later, Ohio State scored and made it 21-0 with 1:56 remaining in the opening quarter.
Key Stat: There are a ton of numbers to point to, but Ohio State outgained Maryland 705-139 in this game. By the end of the first quarter, the Buckeyes had 142 total yards to the Terrapins’ one. Again, Ohio State dominated and dominated early.
Key Player: Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins gets the nod here. It’s been known this year that Dobbins has stepped up his level of play. He was in a time-share the past couple seasons, but in 2019, he has been the main attraction in the Buckeyes’ backfield. In the first half of this game, the Heisman Trophy candidate rushed 13 times for 90 yards and 2 TDs. He helped set the tone and put the game away early.
What it means for Ohio State: Ho-hum, another big Ohio State victory. Again, not having Chase Young down the line could prove to be problematic for the Buckeyes. They will cross that bridge when (and if) it gets to that point. For now, though, they are going to keep rolling. They play Rutgers next week, so a 10-0 record will follow the Buckeyes going into their showdown against Penn State on Nov. 23. Sorry Scarlet Knights, but, that’s just the way it’s going to be.
What it means for Maryland: The Terrapins have now lost five straight games and seven of their last eight. Maryland was 2-0 to start 2019, but have only won one game since Sept. 7. Things have gone south quickly. Outside of a shocking upset over Ohio State, nobody was going to look back at this game fondly. It should be known that with this loss, any hopes of going bowling this postseason have come to a close. Maryland is now 3-7 overall, and at best, can finish 5-7.