Mike Locksley could’ve said something to Ryan Day after Saturday’s game. He could’ve called out the Ohio State head coach for embarrassing Maryland in Columbus this weekend. But the Terrapins leader saw a guy across the field just doing his job.
Ohio State poured it on Maryland heavily on Saturday, registering a 73-14 victory this weekend, marking the second time this season the Buckeyes scored more than 70 points in a game. The starters didn’t see the field after the first half.
The Terps never had a chance in Columbus, and even when the game was decided, Ohio State continued to play at full throttle. Locksley took no offense to the lopsided outcome.
“Ryan has to coach his team and I have to coach mine,” Locksley said after the game. “That is part of the game and I take no offense.”
An onside kick attempt recovered in the first half and calling timeouts late in the second quarter with a 42-point lead were the decisions that were most criticized on Ohio State’s side. It appeared to be Day’s attempt to add a few more style points to the resumé for the College Football Playoff.
It came at Maryland’s expense.
There probably aren’t many head coaches who would’ve handled it quite as well as Locksley did, but he’s also been on the other side of those situations during his time at Alabama. He understands how the game operates.
Now, there’s a good chance Locksley uses that final score to motivate his team moving forward.