Ohio State hosted the Maryland Terrapins this past weekend. Maryland (4-1) was coming off a blowout loss to the 2nd rank Iowa Hawkeyes. The Terrapins received the ball first and were able to register three points as Maryland kicker Joseph Petrino booted a 48- yard field goal through the uprights. Ohio State worked methodically down the field, as quarterback C.J. Stroud threw a mix of short and medium passes to move the chains. Coach Ryan Day has extreme confidence in his offense, therefore when Ohio State was staring at a 4th and goal they went for it. C.J. Stroud fired a pass in the right corner of the end zone and connected with wide receiver Garrett Wilson who made a great catch as he leaped in the air to ensure he had possession of the football. This touchdown gave Ohio State a 7-3 lead early on in the game.

Ohio State continued to utilize their pass plays to chip away at the Terrapin defense. That particular drive ended with a four-yard rushing touchdown by running back TreVeyon Henderson, who brushed off two tackles and powered his way into the end zone to expand the lead to 14-3 Ohio State. C.J. Stroud made the defense bite on a great play-action fake and hit wide receiver Chris Olave for an easy 38- yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 21-3 Buckeyes. Maryland got back on the board, in the seven-minute mark of the second quarter, as quarterback Tauila Tagovailoa rolled out to his right and through a tight space hit wide receiver Carlos Carriere for a seven-yard touchdown pass to bring it to a 21-10 lead for Ohio State.

On the ensuing kickoff, Buckeyes return man Emeka Egbuka almost ran it back for a touchdown, though he was knocked out of bounds for a 67 -yard return. C.J. Stroud faked a handoff to TreVeyon Henderson, who then ran his route and caught a 26-yard pass for a touchdown. It was amazing how wide-open he was, a terrible lapse in judgment from the Maryland defense. The lead was now 28-10 Ohio State.

Maryland’s offense was moving down the field but was unable to put up points as a bad snap on a 4th and four play caused Tagovailoa to quickly turn to his left and slipped to the ground. C.J. Stroud continued to have his way as he went to the air as there was simply no answer to stop him. The drive concluded with a four-yard run by running back Master Teague to make it a 34-10 contest. Just when you thought Stroud was done, he threw a perfect well-placed ball to Garrett Wilson for a 26-touchdown pass. Before that touchdown pass, Stroud completed 19 passes out of 26 attempts, three touchdowns and had thrown for 313 yards. The route was on as it turned into a 42-10 Ohio State lead. Stroud was not done as he threw a pass that was thrown behind Chris Olave who made an amazing catch for a 30-yard touchdown pass. The defender interfered with Olave who tried to turn left and reach back for the ball, it was an incredible effort and focus by the senior wideout. That drive pushed the lead to 49-10 Ohio State, at that point it was just a matter of how much Ohio State would win by.

TreVeyon Henderson maneuvered his way around the Maryland defenders to add a 14- yard touchdown run to his already impressive total on the day, the lead at that point was 56-10, advantage Ohio State. Maryland did not cower to Ohio State, as Tagovailoa threw a quick pass to wide receiver Rakim Jarrett who stiff-armed two defenders and took it to the house for six points. That put the lead to 56-17 Buckeyes, though Ohio State kicker Noah Ruggles made a 36- yard field goal to make it a 59-17 lead.

It became a game between Men amongst boys, as they were outsmarted and outmatched. The Ohio State defense would contribute towards the end of the game, as Tagovailoa threw a pass in tight coverage which hit off a receiver and landed in the hands of linebacker Craig Young. Young had scored on the 70-yard interception to close out the game by a final score of 66-17 Ohio State. This was the type of performance that anybody should expect from Ohio State. It is also the right time to get on a hot streak, as they are in the thick of the Big Ten schedule. In the past two games, Ohio State has outscored their opponents by scoring a resounding 118 points and giving up only 30 points.
Despite the defense surrendering 17 points, they allowed Tagovailoa to throw for close to 280 yards, which is way too much and they should make them realize that they need to apply more pressure to opposing quarterbacks. The offense once again showed just how dominant they are. Quarterback C.J. Stroud has gained more confidence and has silenced anyone who thought that his injury would hinder his development as a big-time quarterback. Within the last two games, C.J. Stroud has thrown 10 touchdown passes, completed 41 out of 56 passing attempts, and has thrown for 736 yards. This guy is the real deal and will surely be considered a Heisman trophy candidate in the near future. Running back TreVeyon Henderson is also making noise as he has been unstoppable and giving defensive coordinators massive headaches that no Tylenol in the world to make go away. In the past two games, Henderson has had three rushing touchdowns and only appears to be getting better. Wide receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson are morphing into a dynamic duo that will only create more havoc and chaos for the opposition. The team is headed on the road for a matchup against the Indiana Hoosiers.
Ohio State must continue this trend of play to keep their season alive. 

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