Maryland football gets blown out again in 66-17 loss to No. 7 Ohio State

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The outcome of Maryland football’s game against No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday afternoon wrote itself before kickoff.

The Terps had a depleted secondary facing two of the nation’s top wide receivers, Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, while Buckeyes freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud isn’t afraid to throw the ball around the field.

Even with Maryland junior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa looking solid until the fourth quarter, the Terps defense was no match for Ohio State, the nation’s best offensive team, in the 66-17 loss at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

The Terps (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) are winless in their seven matchups against Ohio State, and Saturday was just another dark chapter. Maryland cornerbacks Jakorian and Kenny Bennett didn’t play due to hamstring injuries while wide receiver Jeshaun Jones was carted off the field after injuring his knee on the first drive of the game, another blow a week after wideout Dontay Demus Jr. was lost for the season.

It appeared the Buckeyes, who lead the nation in yards per game (556.2) and improved that average with 598 on Saturday, were scoring on every possession. In fact, Ohio State (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) scored on nine consecutive possessions before Maryland’s defense got its first stop with 1:21 remaining.

Stroud looking like a Heisman candidate against Maryland’s defense, as the former four-star recruit threw for 406 yards and five touchdowns in three quarters.

No matter what coverage Maryland played, Stroud made plays. During Ohio State’s first drive of the game, he took advantage of the Terps’ zone coverage, throwing short passes to march the Buckeyes down the field. As Ohio State faced a fourth-and-goal, the Terps tried man coverage, but Buckeyes receiver Garrett Wilson, who finished the game with 84 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions, made a nice move on sophomore defensive back Tarheeb Still to create separation to make a 2-yard touchdown grab to claim a 7-3 lead.

Stroud took advantage of Maryland’s man coverage again late in the first, throwing a short pass to Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson, who broke loose for a 30-yard gain. Henderson followed by powering into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 11. Henderson finished with 102 yards on the ground — most of it coming in the second half — and two touchdowns to go with 67 receiving yards.

On the following drive, Olave, a potential first-round pick in next year’s NFL draft, slipped past the entire Maryland secondary to make a 36-yard touchdown catch before finishing the day with 120 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions.

Tagovailoa spent the entire first quarter scrambling away from pressure but the Terps’ offense settled down. Early in the second quarter, he connected with senior Darryl Jones for a 20-yard reception before finding junior tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo for 15 more. Tagovailoa concluded the drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Carlos Carriere, but the rout was on soon after.

Stroud threw to a wide-open Henderson, who did the rest for a 26-yard touchdown. Running back Master Teague III added an 8-yard score before halftime.

Maryland trailed 56-10 by the time it found the end zone again.late in the third quarter. Jarrett, who was quiet for the majority of the day, caught a screen pass from Tagovailoa before running down the sideline for a 43-yard touchdown. That was Jarrett’s only catch on four targets.

Just when it appeared Tagovailoa was going to escape the turnover category, the Terps’ signal-caller carelessly threw an interception with 6:53 remaining, and he threw another — a pick-six — on Maryland’s next drive.Tagovailoa went 28-for-39 with 279 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

With Jarrett silenced and Jones injured, Okonkwo was the Terps top pass catcher, as he tallied 56 yards on five receptions.

Maryland struggled on the ground, finishing with just 56 yards rushing on 36 attempts, an average of 1.6 yards per carry.

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