COLUMBUS (WCMH) — For a second week in a row, No. 7 Ohio State blew out a Big Ten opponent to improve to 5-1 as the Buckeyes head into their bye week.
Ohio State cruised past Maryland 66-17 behind a five-touchdown performance from C.J. Stroud, three touchdowns from TreVeyon Henderson and a dominating performance by the defense, which scored a touchdown for a fourth-straight game.
“We’re starting to roll, we’re starting to get momentum and we’re getting used to playing with each other,” Stroud said. “I’m just getting more comfortable.”
Maryland receiver Jeshaun Jones goes down with an injury on the second play of the game. The Terps are already playing without star receiver Dontay Demus who’s out for the year with a knee injury.
Ohio State gets a sack on third down to force Maryland to settle for a field goal attempt. The 38-yard kick is good. Terps lead 3-0 with 10:20 left in the first quarter.
Buckeyes score on 4th and goal on a two-yard pass from C.J. Stroud to Garrett Wilson. Ohio State leads 7-3 with 4:03 left in the first quarter. Stroud went 9 for 12 for 88 yards on the scoring drive.
Ohio State scores on its second drive using just five plays to go 74 yards. TreVeyon Henderson scored from four yards out on the rushing touchdown to give OSU a 14-3 lead. Stroud has 157 yards passing in the first quarter.
Stroud stays hot and hits Jaxon Smith-Njigba for a 22-yard gain followed by a 36-yard touchdown to Chris Olave. Stroud is up to 215 yards through the air. Buckeyes lead 21-3 with 12:12 left in the second quarter.
Chris Olave now has 28 career touchdown receptions giving him sole possession of third place for most all-time at Ohio State.
Taulia Tagovailoa connects with Carlos Carriere for a seven-yard touchdown. Buckeyes lead Maryland 21-10 with 7:37 left in the second quarter.
Ohio State answers with a 26-yard passing touchdown to Henderson. The touchdown was set up by a 61-yard kickoff return by Emeka Egbuka. OSU leads 28-10 with 6:54 left in the second quarter.
Ohio State comes up with a huge 4th down stop inside the redzone followed by an eight-play, 82-yard touchdown drive capped off by an eight-yard rushing touchdown from Master Teague. Ohio State leads 35-10 at the half.
Halftime Stats: Ohio State
C.J. Stroud: 17-22, 293 yards, 3 TDs
Master Teague: 3 carries, 25 yards, 1 TD
TreVeyon Henderson: 9 carries, 1 rush TD, 4 catches, 67 yards, 1 TD
Chris Olave: 6 catches, 90 yards, 1 TD
Garrett Wilson: 4 catches, 58 yards, 1 TD
Halftime Stats: Maryland
Taulia Tagovailoa: 17-25, 157 yards, 1 TD
Challen Faamatau: 6 carries, 51 yards
Chigoziem Okonkwo: 4 catches, 45 yards
C.J. Stroud picks up where left off and hits Wilson for a 26-yard touchdown. The Buckeyes have six touchdowns on seven drives. The only possession OSU didn’t score was a kneel down to send the game to halftime.
Ohio State goes for it on 4th and 1 and Stroud finds Olave for a 30-yard touchdown. Olave fought through the defender who was called for pass interference and somehow managed to come down with the ball. Buckeyes lead 49-10 with 7:47 left in the third quarter.
Henderson trots in untouched for his third touchdown of the game. Buckeyes lead 56-10 and Henderson has more than 100 yards rushing.