COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — Ohio State remains undefeated after beating the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday. (73-14)
They entered Saturday’s game undefeated (8-0) and as 43.5-point favorites.
However, the Buckeyes played without defensive end and Heisman hopeful Chase Young who sat out of the game due to a “possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into.”
Young admitted on social media Friday that he “made a mistake last year by accepting a loan from a family friend.” He says he repaid the loan in full last summer and is working with the university and the NCAA to return to the field as soon as possible.
Young has posted 13.5 sacks for the No.1 Buckeyes during their 8-0 start. He has tied Ohio State’s single-game records for sacks (four) and tackles for loss (five) in the Buckeyes 38-7 win over Wisconsin.
Ohio State was first to score in Saturday’s game when wide receiver Binjimen Victor scored a touchdown on a 12-yard pass from quarterback Justin Fields.
Then Fields ran 4 yards for a touchdown, increasing the Buckeyes’ lead to 14-0.
With less than two minutes to play in the first quarter Ohio State scored a third touchdown. Fields thew a 4-yard pass to wide receiver K.J. Hill for goal. The Buckeyes led the Terrapins 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Buckeyes continued to dominate the field in the second quarter, scoring another touchdown when Fields threw a 2-yard pass to wide receiver Chris Olave for score.
Then, running back J.K. Dobbins rushed 7-yards and 20-yards for two touchdowns. The Buckeyes led the Terrapins 42-0 at halftime.
In the third quarter the Bucks covered the spread. Wide receiver Garrett Wilson scored a touchdown on a 14-yard pass from quarterback Chris Chugunov. Then the Bucks kicked a 23-yard field goal, raising the score 52-0.
Maryland finally put points on the board during the third quarter. Terrapins quarterback Josh Jackson threw a 26-yard pass to Dontay Demus Jr. for goal. The score was 52-7 at that point.
The Buckeyes were first to score during the fourth quarter. Running back Marcus Crowley scored a touchdown on a 1-yard dash, raising the score 59-7.
Maryland’s Tayon Fleet-Davis then ran 12 yards for a touchdown.
The momentum was short lived when the Bucks came back with two more TDs, which led them to victory.
Earlier this week the Buckeyes were named the number one team in the initial College Football Playoff Rankings.
While analysts acknowledge that the Maryland game didn’t pose a threat, the Buckeyes will now face some of their toughest games in the coming weeks and must defend their spot in the top four if they’d like to play in the College Football Playoffs.
OSU takes on No. 4 ranked Penn State on November 23 and No. 14 Michigan in Ann Arbor on November 30.
They could also represent the East in the Big Ten Championship Game if they continue to excel on the field.