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Columbus was not kind to the Terps Oct. 7.
Coming off a road win at Minnesota to open up Big Ten play last week, Maryland (3-2) marched into The Horseshoe on Saturday and was humbled by a 62-14 loss to No. 10 Ohio State (5-1).
The Terps offense quickly saw the effects of continuous three-and-outs, as Maryland dialed up run after run and was ineffective moving the ball. The Max Bortenschlager-led Terps offense produced three three-and-outs, one turnover on downs, and a lost fumble that was returned for a touchdown in the first half. They followed that up in the second half with three more three-and-outs and another lost fumble.
Overall, Maryland was outgained in total yards by Ohio State 584-66, and the offense was only able to score one of the Terps’ two touchdowns.
Maryland’s offense had its best performance on third down the week prior, but on Saturday, the Terps could not keep drives alive against the Buckeyes, finishing 1-for-15 on third downs. Bortenschlager also couldn’t build upon his solid performance at Minnesota. The sophomore went 3-for-12 passing for 16 yards against the Buckeyes.
To add insult to injury, Bortenschlager was unable to finish the contest after being the victim of Ohio State’s second targeting penalty of the game. Buckeyes cornerback Darmon Arnette hit Bortenschlager in the helmet while the Terps quarterback was giving himself up by sliding after a run. Fellow Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward was also called for targeting after a hit on Terps wide receiver Taivon Jacobs in the first quarter. Both Buckeyes defensive backs that were called for targeting were ejected from the game.
Junior quarterback Caleb Henderson finished the game out for Maryland, but did not complete his only pass attempt.
The silver lining to the black cloud that hung over Maryland’s offense on Saturday was a late look at some young talent like Javon Leake, who finally punched an offensive touchdown in for the Terps with a 20-yard run in the fourth quarter.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Terps looked outmatched against the Buckeyes offense throughout the game.
Ohio State picked apart the Maryland defense on the ground and through the air. Things got so bad for the Terps that by the end of the third quarter former Maryland commit who flipped to the Buckeyes, Dwayne Haskins, was in at quarterback moving the ball for Ohio State.
As a whole, Ohio State’s offense produced five rushing touchdowns from five different players and starting quarterback J.T. Barrett added three more with his arm against the Maryland defense.
Special teams was really the only area on Saturday where the Terps can walk away feeling somewhat encouraged. Maryland’s first score of the game was a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by running back Ty Johnson to cut Ohio State’s lead to 14-7. Maryland’s special teams also blocked a field goal in the first half.
The Terps came into Columbus as massive 30-plus-point underdogs, and the Buckeyes showed everyone why on Saturday sending Maryland packing with a 48-point loss.
Maryland is now 1-1 in conference play and will host Northwestern (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) in College Park next week.