COLUMBUS, Ohio –No. 1 Ohio State (9-0 overall, 6-0 in the Big Ten) cruised to a 73-14 victory Saturday over Maryland (3-7, 1-6) at Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes accumulated 705 yards of offense, much of which came in the first half while building a 42-0 lead heading into the break.
Starting quarterback Justin Fields completed 16 of 25 passes (200 yards) and tossed three scoring strikes in just two quarters of work.
J.K. Dobbins rushed for 90 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns on back-to-back drives late in the second quarter. Master Teague took over at the running back position in the second half and rushed for 111 yards on 18 carries. Demario McCall added a pair of second-half scores on seven carries for 78 yards.
For the game, the Buckeyes scored six rushing touchdowns and ran for 383 yards on 56 carries.
Defensively, linebackers Tuf Borland and Malik Harrison led the way with five tackles each. K’Vaughan Pope recorded an interception from his linebacker position as well. Maryland finished with 139 yards of offense.
The Buckeyes travel to Rutgers next week for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on BTN.
Ohio State scored on its first three full possessions in the first quarter to take 21-0 lead after the first 15 minutes.
Ohio State scored on its first possession after forcing Maryland to punt on its opening drive. Fields found Binjimen Victor over the middle for a 12-yard touchdown to open the scoring. The drive covered 47 yards on six plays to give the Buckeyes a 7-0 lead.
The Terrapins were stopped again on its second possession, giving the Buckeyes the ball on their own 29. Fields called his own number 11 plays later, scoring on a 4-yard run to give Ohio State a 14-0 lead with 5:02 remaining. The drive covered 71 yards over 4-minutes, 13 seconds.
Ohio State then successfully executed an onside kick. Eight plays and just over three minutes later, the Buckeyes scored on a Fields to K.J. Hill 4-yard pass play to the left corner of the endzone to give the Buckeyes a 21-0 lead.
For the quarter, Ohio State generated 192 yards offensively, including 120 through the air. Maryland was held to 1 yard of offensive in the quarter.
🔊 Fields finds Victor from 12 yards out to start the scoring
🔊 Fields calls his own number for four-yard score
Ohio State matched its first-quarter scoring total with another 21 points in the second to take a 42-0 lead at the break.
Ohio State continued what it started in the opening quarter by scoring on the first opportunity of the second. The drive, started at the end of the first quarter, ended after 11 plays covering 76 yards on a 2-yard pass from Fields to Chris Olave in the back left of the north endzone. The score gave Ohio State a 28-0 lead with 11:25 left in the half.
J.K. Dobbins scored his first touchdown of the game on Ohio State’s next possession on a 7-yard scamper to make it 35-0 Buckeyes. The drive covered 80 yards on 10 plays and ate 3:17 of clock.
Ohio State ended the half with another Dobbins touchdown run, this time for 20 yards after a late hit penalty called on the Terrapins against Olave following a 19-yard gain. The Dobbins score ended a 54-yard, 3-play drive over 28 seconds.
Ohio State entered the lockerroom with 363 yards of offense while the Terrapins managed 66 yards.
🔊 Fields to Olave from 2 goes for 6
🔊 Dobbin rumbles in from seven yards out
After fumbling on the first possession of the second half, Ohio State got the ball right back on an interception by linebacker K’Vaughan Pope. Two plays later, quarterback Chris Chugunov completed a 14-yard scoring strike to receiver Garrett Wilson in the back left corner of the south endzone to give Ohio State a 49-0 lead.
The Buckeyes forced a Maryland punt from the UM 2 and then took over on the Terps 44-yard line. Nine plays later, Blake Haubeil connected on a 23-yard field goal to give Ohio State the 52-0 lead. The drive covered 38 yards over 3:18.
The Terrapins got on the board with three minutes left in the third on a 26-yard pass play for a touchdown. The drive covered 64 yards on four plays. The score made it 52-7 Buckeyes.