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Ohio State scores early and often, rout Maryland, 62-3

Brooke LaValley / The Columbus Dispatch

Saturday afternoon’s game wasn’t supposed to be close, but it also wasn’t supposed to be that big of a blowout either. Whether it was quarterback J.T. Barrett, H-back Curtis Samuel, or any of the other number of touchdown scorers, the Ohio State Buckeyes scored early and often in their 62-3 blowout win over the Maryland Terrapins. In what was technically a road game, Buckeye Nation almost made it seem like a home game for the scarlet and gray, like they seemed to have done many times lately. The offense scored 62 points for the second consecutive game, but the Silver Bullets and the special teams units dominated as well in the 59-point victory over the Terps.

Quarter by Quarter

First Quarter

  • 11:45 – Second-and-1 – Curtis Samuel starts the scoring off for the Buckeyes with a 1-yard touchdown run. This is the third consecutive game that the Buckeyes have scored on their opening drive. (7-0)
  • 9:29 – First-and-goal – J.T. Barrett runs for an easy 4-yard touchdown. This could get ugly…in a good way. (14-0)

  • 2:03 – Fourth-and-goal – After what looked to be a touchdown for Maryland but wasn’t called one (even after review), Terrapins’ Adam Greene converts on a 23-yard field goal. (14-3)
  • 0:21 – First-and-10 – The Buckeyes answer right back, J.T. Barrett makes a perfect pass to Curtis Samuel for a 36-yard touchdown. (21-3)

First Quarter Analysis

For the second consecutive week, Ohio State’s offense had an impressive opening quarter. It’s nice to see Curtis Samuel receiving plenty of touches early in the game; it’s something that hasn’t happened too much this season.

Although they technically allowed a touchdown (not just a field goal), the defense played very well. Whether it was the secondary defending the pass or the front-seven applying pressure on Maryland’s backfield, they did it all in the first quarter.

Second Quarter

  • 11:08 – Third-and-9 – J.T. Barrett uses his feet to find the end zone (again) with a 1-yard touchdown run. (28-3)
  • 7:34 – First-and-10 – Maryland’s Caleb Rowe’s pass is to no one and is intercepted by Marshon Lattimore.
  • 4:08 – Second-and-goal – The Buckeyes take advantage of the turnover with a 5-yard touchdown run by Curtis Samuel. (35-3)
  • 2:10 – First-and-goal – If it wasn’t already, the game is already a blowout even before halftime following J.T. Barrett’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Dontre Wilson. (42-3)
  • 1:20 – Second-and-7 – Raekwon McMillan lays a big hit on Terps’ Wes Brown which forces a fumble that’s recovered by Jalyn Holmes, giving the Bucks prime field position just before halftime.
  • 0:49 – Fourth-and-15 – It’s not a touchdown, but Tyler Durbin makes a 45-yard field goal (career long) just before halftime to get yet another score following a turnover. (45-3)

Second Quarter Analysis

Ohio State has had some impressive quarters so far this season, but this could be the best quarter thus far, whether it be on offense, defense, or special teams. It was as close to a perfect quarter for all three units as you can get.

With the game all but over heading into the half, now the Buckeyes just needs to hope that there are not only no injuries in the second half, but that the second- and third-string players get plenty of solid playing time as well.

Third Quarter

  • 12:22 – Fourth-and-10 – Tyler Durbin connects on a 34-yard field goal. (48-3)
  • 5:43 – Second-and-goal – With the second-string offense in, Demario McCall runs three yards for an easy touchdown. (55-3)

Third Quarter Analysis

Even with the backups in the game, the scarlet and gray are still putting up plenty of points and not allowing the opponent to score at all. It’s nice to see guys like quarterback Joe Burrow and running back Demario McCall, among others, receive plenty of playing time and prove that even when they’re in the game, the offense is still able to move the ball down the field and score.

Fourth Quarter

  • 9:30 – Second-and-11 – Even with the backups in, they can still score touchdowns! Joe Burrow hits Binjimen Victor for a 25-yard touchdown, the true freshman receiver’s first touchdown of his young career. (62-3)

Fourth Quarter Analysis

No one – including the backups – got hurt in a quarter that virtually meant nothing. Yay!

Top Performers

J.T. Barrett – 18-of-27, 253 yards, two touchdowns; 11 carries, 47 yards, two touchdowns

Mike Weber – 12 carries, 93 yards

Demario McCall – 13 carries, 54 yards, one touchdown; three catches, 48 yards

Curtis Samuel – five catches, 74 yards, one touchdown; four carries, 38 yards

Raekwon McMillan – 10 tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble

Jerome Baker – seven tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss

Tyquan Lewis – four tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss

Marshon Lattimore – three tackles, one interception

Final Thoughts

What a game. For the second consecutive week, the final outcome of the blowout win was 62-3, which was a first for head coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer has to be happy that the Bucks virtually dominated on both sides of the ball and also on special teams. The offense seemed unstoppable for many parts of the game (both passing and running the ball), the defense only allowed three points while racking up five sacks and a season-high 12 tackles for loss, and the special teams played outstanding as well.

With games against Michigan State (their lone loss last season) and Michigan to conclude the regular season, the scarlet and gray must remain focused. The good thing is that Ohio State seems to be playing some of their best on all sides of the ball that they have all season.