The good and the bad from Terps' 52-24 loss to Ohio State on Saturday
By By Matt Zenitz
Baltimore Sun Media Group|
Oct 06, 2014 at 10:08 PM
In its first Big Ten home game, Maryland lost, 52-24, to Ohio State on Saturday. From a Terps perspective, here is a look at what went well and what did not during the game.
Kicker Brad Craddock
Craddock hit a school-record 57-yard field goal and is one of just three kickers nationally yet to miss a field goal after 10 or more attempts this season. Craddock also had touchbacks on three of his five kickoffs Saturday.
Leak had a highlight-reel-type catch during the third quarter, jumping and reaching above an Ohio State defensive back for a 25-yard gain along the sideline and then holding onto the ball as he fell out of bounds. Leak had four catches for 42 yards Saturday and continues to return to form after being out of football last season.
Ohio State had 533 yards of total offense. The Terps' defensive front was pushed around by the Buckeyes' offensive line, and Maryland had issues in the secondary. Safety Sean Davis continues to have problems in coverage and was beaten for three touchdowns. Cornerback Will Likely gave up a touchdown and had some missed tackles, and cornerback Jeremiah Johnson was called for pass interference in the end zone.
Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was 18 of 23 for 267 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, and the Buckeyes ran for 269 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
Eight of Ohio State's first 14 drives produced points, and the Buckeyes had 12 plays that went for gains of 17 yards or more.
The offensive line
Maryland was pushed around in the trenches on defense. The Terps were overmatched in the trenches on offense, too.
Right guard Andrew Zeller and left guard Silvano Altamirano were both beaten badly for sacks, and quarterbacks C.J. Brown and Caleb Rowe were under constant pressure, especially Brown during the first half.
Ohio State had three sacks. The Buckeyes also limited Maryland to an average of 2.8 yards per carry.
Aside from the 56-yarder, Renfro averaged just 32.2 yards per punt and had three that traveled 31 yards or less, including a 26-yarder during the second quarter that allowed Ohio State to start a drive at the Terps' 40-yard line.