For the 28 or so hours leading up to the Ohio State Buckeyes game against Maryland, the #FreeChaseYoung movement was quite big and loud. The school announced that the defensive end had been suspended indefinitely for violating an NCAA rule in 2018. As multiple reports have stated, it appears that Young borrowed money from a family friend so that his girlfriend could go to his Rose Bowl game last season, a loan that Young paid back. While the #FreeChaseYoung movement is alive and well in Columbus, it appears that Maryland should have brought their own movement as well: The #FreeOurOffensiveAndDefense movement.
In a game that the Buckeyes were favored by 44,1 Ohio State made it look easy Saturday afternoon, dominating Maryland from start to finish, 73-14. You could say that the only time the Terrapins were really in the game was the opening kickoff. After that, it was all scarlet and gray and there was plenty of it in Ohio Stadium.
You could say that Saturday’s game was a revenge game for Ohio State. Last season, the Buckeyes were embarrassed after barely beating the Terrapins in overtime, 52-51, after Maryland was unsuccessful on a two-point conversion.
For the Buckeyes, it was essentially a perfect first half. The offense scored six touchdowns on six possessions, was a perfect 6-for-6 in the red zone and 8-for-8 on third downs, and had a total of 363 yards (200 passing, 163 rushing) while scoring 42 points. Meanwhile, the defense not only held Maryland to zero points but kept the Terrapins to just 66 total yards and 0-for-6 on third downs.
The second half featured Ohio State’s second- and third-stringers still doing quite well against Maryland. In all, it was one heckuva game by the Buckeyes. They dominated in all aspects on both sides of the ball. Even on kickoffs. The most impressive play of the game might have been immediately after the Buckeyes took a 14-0 lead 10 minutes into the game. Whether it was film study or something else, they noticed that Maryland’s kickoff return coverage had a gaping hole on the right side of the field. Blake Haubeil kicked the perfect ball and it was caught by Chris Olave. It was perfectly designed and even more perfectly executed. You could say that the kicker is more accurate with his leg than Michigan’s quarterback is with his arm.
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In just one half of football, Justin Fields and the offense dominated. The quarterback threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns while completing 16-of-25 passes. He also ran for 28 yards and a touchdown on five carries. J.K. Dobbins added 12 carries for 90 yards and two touchdowns while Garrett Wilson (four receptions, 82 yards, one touchdown), K.J. Hill (four catches, 56 yards, one touchdown), Chris Olave (five receptions, 43 yards, one touchdown), and Binjimen Victor (three receptions, 36 yards, one touchdown) were the top performers at receiver.
Even with the backups throughout the entire second half, the Buckeyes still dominated, outscoring Maryland in the final 30 minutes, 31-14. Chris Chugunov (8-for-11, 103 yards, one touchdown), Master Teague (18 carries, 111 yards), and Demario McCall (seven carries, 78 yards, two touchdowns) made it look easy.
What a difference a year makes for the defense, as they have proved yet again. Last season, Maryland’s Anthony McFarland totaled 21 carries for 298 yards and two touchdowns, including an 81-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game. In the blowout win over Maryland this time, the Terps had just 139 yards total, including only 62 yards on the ground. Coaching matters.
Now, the Buckeyes will travel to Rutgers to take on the Scarlet Knights next Saturday. This is just a friendly reminder that Maryland — the same Terrapins team that was manhandled in all aspects of the game against the Buckeyes — beat Rutgers, 38-7 in Week 5. Next week is going to be ugly, but in a good way for the scarlet and gray.