Behind a career day on the ground for sophomore J.K. Dobbins and six total touchdowns from Dwayne Haskins , Ohio State overcame a double-digit deficit on numerous occasions Saturday and despite committing three turnovers rallied to defeat Maryland 52-51 in overtime.
The victory accounts for the seventh-consecutive 10-win season for head coach Urban Meyer and sets up a B1G East title game with Michigan next week in Columbus (Noon / FOX).
Ohio State allowed Maryland to an early 17-3 advantage after the first quarter as Terp tailback Anthony McFarland ripped off a pair of 75-plus yard TD runs. McFarland finished the game with 298 yards rushing on 21 carries while Dobbins had a career-high 37 totes for 203.
Despite committing turnovers to end the first half and start the second, the Buckeyes continued to chip into the Terp lead behind a strengthening defense and Dobbins and Haskins on the offensive side.
In the early moments of the fourth quarter, Haskins’ record-tying 35th TD pass of the season brought the Buckeyes all the way back and knotted the game up at 31-31. Haskins, who tied J.T. Barrett’s single season TD pass record, found K.J. Hill from six yards out.
Maryland answered with another huge play – a 61-yard pass to set up a first and goal at the OSU 1. The Terps ultimately scored by recovering its own fumble in the endzone to take the 45-38 advantage.
Behind Haskins, Ohio State immediately drove into Maryland territory in just two plays. After several more completions and Maryland penalties, Haskins found Binjimen Victor in the corner of the endzone for the tying score. Ohio State held on Maryland’s next possession to push the game into overtime.
Haskins scored his third rushing TD of this day to account for Ohio State’s overtime touchdown. Maryland matched on its next drive and opted to go for the win. The pass on the conversion sailed wide and Ohio State prevailed.
Maryland 17, Ohio State 3
Ohio State found itself in a first-quarter hole after allowing Maryland tailback Anthony McFarland to race 81 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown on just its second play of the game. The Buckeyes and Terps traded turnovers on the ensuing kick-off and Maryland possession.
Ohio State got on the board with a Blake Haubeil 36-yard field goal that served as the capper to a 52-yard, 10-play drive. Dobbins had the big play on the drive with a 28-yard scamper.
Maryland struck from distance again and again it was McFarland off the left side, going 75 yards on the first play of the drive to put Maryland up 14-3 with just more than 9:00 to play in the period.
The Terps tacked on a field goal after reaching into Buckeye territory on a 56-yard completion from Pigrome to Demus. A 36-yard field goal topped off the 6-play, 57-yard drive.
Maryland 24, Ohio State 17
Ohio State cut the Maryland lead in half in the second quarter and again the theme of the period for both squads was the big play.
After turning Maryland away on a missed 49-yard field goal, the Buckeyes struck quickly with Haskins finding Terry McLaurin for a 68-yard scoring bomb to move the game to 17-10 just moments into the frame.
Maryland answered however on its next possession with its most consistent drive of the day. Javon Leake pushed the Terps into paydirt from 16 yards out to finish off an 8-play, 60-yard drive.
Haskins found McLaurin for another chunk play, this time a 39-yard gain, to set-up a scoring leap from Dobbins to bring Ohio State within seven.
The Buckeyes turned away the next Maryland possession and moved to the Terps 5-yard line in the waning moments of the half, but a Dobbins’ fumble thwarted the drive.
In the half, Haskins became Ohio State’s all-time leader in single-season passing yardage. He surpassed Joe Germaine, who established the mark in 1998.
Maryland 31, Ohio State 24
Following the turnover to end the half, Haskins was picked off in his first throw of the second and Terp DB RaVon Davis returned 47 yards to the Ohio State endzone to put the score at 31-17 just moments out of the locker room.
On the next drive, the Haskins-Dobbins duo helped drive the Buckeyes down the field for their third TD of the game as Haskins reached in from short yardage. The drive took eight plays and covered 73 yards over just 2:36.
In the quarter, Ohio State out-gained Maryland 156-19 and allowed just one Terp completion for eight yards. The balanced Buckeye attack racked up 79 yards rushing and 77 through the air.
Ohio State 45, Maryland 45
With his 35th TD pass of the season, Haskins helped the Buckeyes crawl all the way back and tie the game at 31-31 with a short pass to Hill from the 6. Haskins hit TE Luke Farrell for a 19-yard gain on the sideline to set up the score. The drive covered 44 yards on seven plays with Dobbins toting five carries for 24 yards.
Looked to be stopped on fourth down, Maryland reached into its bag of tricks and converted a fake punt to keep their first drive of the final quarter alive. Pegrim capitalized with a 27-yard TD pass to Jeshaun Jones on the front corner of the endzone to put the Terps back in the lead midway through the period.
On the first play of the next possession, Ohio State moved from its own 25 to the Maryland 40 with a Haskins to Johnnie Dixon diving grab. It was Haskins who finished off what would be a 12-play, 75-yard drive to tie the game up at 38 with his second TD run of the day from one yard out.
Proof again big plays were the name of the game this afternoon, Pegrim again found room in the Buckeye secondary hitting Darryl Jones for a 61-yard gain to the OSU 1.
After two series inside the Buckeye 5, including a first down on a pass interference penalty, Maryland recovered its own fumble from the 1-yard line in the endzone for the 45-38 lead with 1:41 to play.
Behind Haskins, the Ohio State immediately drove into Maryland territory in just two plays. After several more completions and Maryland penalties, Haskins found Binjimen Victor in the corner of the endzone for the tying score. Haskins surpassed 400 yards through the air on the day.
Ohio State received possession first in the extra period and converted seven points, covering the 25 yards twice. Haskins hit TE Rashod Berry on a fourth-and-1 and gain on the next play to reach inside the five, but an penalty moved the ball back to the 25. Maryland reciprocated with a penalty of its own, giving Ohio State the ball back at the 5. Haskins then scored his third rushing TD of the day to put OSU ahead 52-45.
Maryland quickly answered as McFarland raced around end to the OSU goal line. The Terps scored on the very next play and went for the win on the conversion and the pass went wide for the Buckeye win.