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Buckeyes roll over Terps, 62-3

Ohio State gained 581 yards against Maryland.

Ohio State gained 581 yards against Maryland.

DJ Durkin may be leading a Terps football turnaround, but they are still nowhere near the level of the Big Ten elite. Coming off a 59-3 loss at Michigan, the Terps were throttled by the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes, 62-3. The Terps have not scored a touchdown since they played Indiana three weeks ago.

“All the credit to Ohio State,” Durkin said. “They’re a well-coached team, they have a lot of talent and we knew that going into the game. It was just a back-to-back week where they game got away from us early. We didn’t take advantage of opportunities we had, didn’t get a stop on defense, and when we got down to the goal line we didn’t convert it to a touchdown. … If you’re going to play with a team or beat a team like that you have to take advantage of opportunities, we didn’t.”

The Terps totaled just 176 total yards and just 43 yards on the ground against a much superior Buckeyes team. Buckeyes quarterback JT Barrett himself had more touchdowns than the Terps had points. Barrett completed 18-of-27 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns through the air and added 54 yards rushing and two more touchdowns on the ground.

“He’s one of the nation’s best. He’s proven that time and time again,” Durkin said of Barrett. “He did it again today. They had a well-balanced attack, they ran the ball effectively. He’s hard to rattle, he’s played a lot of football games.”

Making matters worsr for Maryland, quarterback Perry Hills suffered another injury, this time to his non-throwing shoulder, but still bad enough to force him out of the game. Caleb Rowe continued to struggle and threw another interception in the limited time he was on the field before he was taken out for freshman Tyrrell Pigrome. He completed seven of 11 passes for 44 yards and added only 14 yards on the ground.

Ohio State scored two touchdowns inside the first six minutes of the game. The Terps did get on the board with a 23-yard field goal by Adam Green, but that was all they could do. Chris Samuel scored his second touchdown of the game as he caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Barrett with 21 seconds to go the end of the first quarter. Ohio State had a 21-3 lead after the first quarter and their foot was glue to the gas pedal.

The Buckeyes scored three more touchdowns in the second quarter before Tyler Durbin kicked in a 45 yard field goal to give Ohio State a 45-3 lead at the break. After halftime, Ohio State toned it down, but still had as many scoring drives as the Terps had points. Durbin kicked in another field goal before Demario McCall ran in a three-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Backup quarterback Joe Burrow threw a touchdown to Binjimen Victor in the fourth quarter.

Maryland has lose five of their last six games and have been out-scored 121-6 in their last two games. They still have two more games to get one win that will make the Terps bowl eligible. The first game will be in Lincoln, Nebraska next week against the Cornhuskers.

Three Terps – lead running back Lorenzo Harrison, freshman linebacker Antoine Brooks, and wide receiver DJ Turner – were suspended indefinitely before the game for violating the university’s student-athlete conduct code.

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