“It was all three phases. On defense, we couldn’t get off the field; we didn’t generate any pass rush. The offense couldn’t sustain drives; two of 11 on third downs. To try to keep their offense off the field, we needed to play better on offense, which we didn’t do a great job of in the first half.”
Maryland (3-7, 1-6) lost its fifth consecutive game and seventh in its past eight. The Terps were outgained 705-139 in total yards, and quarterbacks Josh Jackson and Tyrrell Pigrome were sacked seven times despite the Buckeyes being without star defensive end Chase Young, the Football Bowl Subdivision leader in sacks, who was held out for the game while the NCAA investigates a loan he received in 2018.
“They all wanted to show ... this is a defense, this is ... more than one person,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “They played with an edge and something to prove, and any time our guys come out with something to prove, we’re dangerous.”
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, a Heisman Trophy candidate, ran and passed for 228 total yards and four touchdowns and did not play in the second half. Master Teague III led all rushers with 111 yards in relief of J.K. Dobbins, who had 90 yards and two touchdowns before he, too, sat out the second half as Day called off the dogs and used mostly reserves.
“They have explosive players all over, and they did a great job today executing,” said Maryland linebacker Keandre Jones, who transferred from Ohio State last spring to play his final season with the Terps.
Maryland, which trailed 52-0 midway through the third quarter, scored on a 26-yard pass from Jackson to Dontay Demus Jr. later in the quarter and on a 12-yard run by Tayon Fleet-Davis with 9:39 left in the game.
After Maryland went three-and-out on the game’s opening possession, Ohio State needed less than two minutes to cover 47 yards for its first touchdown, a 12-yard pass from Fields to Binjamen Victor.
After forcing another three-and-out, the Buckeyes overcame two false-start penalties by receivers to go 71 yards in 11 plays for a 14-0 lead. Fields had completions of 23 and 33 yards in second-and-long situations and capped the drive with a 4-yard keeper for the touchdown.
Ohio State reclaimed possession immediately when Blake Haubeil pooched the ensuing kickoff and Chris Olave recovered at the Terps’ 42-yard line. The kick likely was payback for Maryland pooching the kickoff after scoring on its first possession against Ohio State last season in College Park.
Undeterred by a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after the kickoff recovery, the Buckeyes scored again on a 4-yard pass from Fields to K.J. Hill with 2:09 left in the quarter.
It was more of the same after that as Fields passed for a third touchdown and Dobbins ran for two more in the second quarter. Ohio State called timeouts twice in the final 1:20 of the half to punch in its sixth touchdown.
Day said he was just playing aggressively, and Locksley had no issue with it.
“Ryan’s got to coach his team and I’ve got to coach mine,” Locksley said. “That’s part of the game. I take no offense to it.”
Maryland’s first stop on defense came on the first possession of the second half, when Jones sacked backup quarterback Chris Chugunov, causing a fumble that was recovered by Terps linebacker Ayinde Eley.
Ohio State scored on six of its next eight possessions after that.
“We’ve got a bye week coming up at a good time for us [to] get some guys healthy,” Locksley said. “We’ll put this game behind us and get ready for the last opportunity for our seniors at Maryland Stadium.”
Ohio State’s Young, a junior from Hyattsville who attended Washington power DeMatha Catholic, was suspended indefinitely Friday by the university while it investigates a “possible NCAA issue” involving him.
Young posted on his Twitter account that he had accepted “a loan from a family friend” in 2018 that he has repaid. The amount of the loan was not disclosed, nor was the “friend” identified.
Young had 13½ sacks through eight games and could be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft next spring if he leaves Ohio State early.