Oct. 2, 2017
#10 Ohio State vs. Maryland
Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 4 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadum (104,955), Columbus, Ohio
Gus Johnson (Play-By-Play)
Joel Klatt (Analyst)
Jenny Taft (Sideline)
RADIO: WBNS (97.1 The Fan). The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the action with former Buckeye Jim Lachey and Matt Andrews on the sidelines.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Coming off a fine effort in the win Saturday at Rugers, Ohio State opens its home Big Ten schedule on Saturday when it welcomes Maryland to Ohio Stadium for a 4 p.m. kickoff on Homecoming. The game will be televised on FOX with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft calling all of the action.
The Buckeyes rolled to a 56-0 win at Rutgers to improve to 2-0 in conference play behind the offensive exploits of QB J.T. Barrett (275 yards passing, 89 yards rushing, three total TD), Johnnie Dixon (three receptions, 105 yards, three TD) and Mike Weber (10 carries, 44 yards, three TD). On defense, the Buckeyes limited Rutgers to just 209 total yards and registered its first shutout of the 2017 season.
Maryland picked up a road win last Saturday when it topped previously unbeaten Minnesota, 31-24, in Minneapolis. The Terps iced the game with a 34-yard touchdown run by Ty Johnson with under two minutes remaining to break a 24-all tie. Maryland is 3-1 this year with wins over Minnesota and Texas on the road and Towson at home.
Saturday’s game will be the fourth all-time between Ohio State and Maryland with all coming since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten prior to the 2014 season. In 2014, the Buckeyes won 52-24 in College Park and followed that up with a 49-28 victory in Columbus in 2015. Last year, Ohio State scored 45 first-half points in a 62-3 win in College Park.
The Buckeyes have four players on their roster from the stateof Maryland: QB Dwayne Haskins, DE Chase Young, LB Keandre Jones and OL Isaiah Prince. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson coached high school football for 20 years in theMaryland-Washington, DC area, including for 16 years at McDonoughHigh School in Pomfret, Md. Ohio State, after holding Rutgersscoreless last Saturday, has seven shutouts since the start of the2012 season, second most of any FBS school according to ESPN.J.T. Barrett ranks in the top 20 nationally in four majoroffensive categories: touchdown passes (sixth, 13), passingefficiency (13th, 165.6), total offense (22nd, 300.8) and yards perpass (22nd, 8.74). He currently owns or shares 27 Ohio State or BigTen records. Ohio State has put up back to back 600-plus yardefforts for the first time since 2013 (vs. California and FloridaA&M). Urban Meyer-coached teams are 36-3 at home in hisfive-plus years at the helm of the Buckeyes and 17-1 overall in themonth of October. Meyer will be facing a former assistant coach forthe second consecutive week. Ohio State’s defense has given up lessthan 100 yards passing in each of the last three contests.
Quarterback Max Bortenschlager, the third starter to see action so far due to injuries, finished 18-of-28 for 154 yards and one TD against the Gophers, but it was a 34-yard burst by RB Ty Johnson with under two minutes to play that clinched the victory for Maryland last Saturday, 31- 24, in Minneapolis. The Terps have a talented running back tandem that includes Johnson (46 carries, 411 yards, four TD) and Lorenzo Harrison III (46 carries, 201 yards). Regardless of who is playing quarterback, the most dangerous receiving threat is D.J. Moore, who already has 30 receptions in just four games for 403 yards and five touchdowns.
Overall, Maryland has put up 31 or more points in three of four games thus far and ranks 24th in the country in rush offense (233.5 yards/game). On defense, Maryland has three players with 20 or more tackles.