Buckeyes Throttle Terps, 62-3

Coming off their most impressive performance of the season, today’s opening kickoff couldn’t get here fast enough for a Buckeyes team that was anxious to continue the good vibes. Against a Maryland team that had given up 1,300 yards of offense over the past two weeks, Ohio State did just that, racking up 581 yards of total offense en route to a 62-3 dismantling in College Park.

The Buckeyes wasted no time in sparking the rout. On the opening drive of the game, they used a balanced attack to march down the field. Curtis Samuel capped off a 7-play, 71-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, giving the Buckeyes a 7-0 lead just over three minutes into the game.

The track meet was officially underway.

After the Silver Bullets forced a three-and-out on the following drive, the offense came back out onto the field with prime field position, setting up shop at the 45 yard line.

Four plays later, J.T. Barrett was in the end zone on a 4-yard touchdown run, upping the early

lead to 14-0. All four plays on the drive were runs, including 28 and 16-yard chunks by Mike Weber and Samuel.

Maryland would find points a couple of drives later on a 23-yard field goal by Adam Greene. Ohio State appeared to catch a break on the drive; quarterback Caleb Rowe, who was forced into duty after Perry Hills was knocked out of the game, appeared to get into the end zone on third down. The play was reviewed, but the call stood as called.

It wasn’t going to matter on this day anyways.

Ohio State again only needed four plays on the next drive to tally up seven more points. Barrett found Samuel on a beautiful 36-yard strike, upping the lead to 21-3.

Barrett would add two more touchdowns, one on the ground and an 8-yard pass to Dontre Wilson before the half. Samuel also found the end zone again, and Tyler Durbin nailed a 45-yard field goal just before the half, sending the Buckeyes to the locker room with a 45-3 lead.

The first half beat down was exactly what Urban Meyer hoped for as he tries to keep his offense rolling, while also keeping his team healthy as they enter the final weeks of the regular season.

They would add a field goal on their opening drive of the second half before J.T. Barrett engineered the final blow from the Buckeyes’ starting offense.

Barrett used both his legs and his arms to move the ball down to eight yard line, but Meyer pulled his quarterback from the game, allowing Joe Burrow to finish the drive. Demario McCall punctuated the drive two plays later with a 3-yard touchdown run, giving Ohio State a 55-3 lead with five minutes still left in the third quarter.

The game was left to the backups from that point on, but the young guys continued the domination.

Burrow found Binjimen Victor for a 25-yard touchdown pass, Victor’s first of his career. The baby bullets did their part as well, keeping Maryland out of the end zone for the remainder of the game.

The 59-point win continues an encouraging trend for a team that seems to have regained the swagger they played with at the beginning of the year.

It couldn’t be coming at a better time as the Buckeyes prepare for one last road trip before coming home for the much anticipated showdown with Michigan on Nov. 26.

For now, it’s on to Michigan State, a punchless team that should present one last opportunity for Meyer and his team to build confidence.

Kickoff is set for noon in East Lansing.

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