On The Mark 10.11.15: #Buckeyes v. #Maryland Recap
Offense finally clicks for the Buckeyes in 49-28 victory against Maryland
The Ohio State Buckeyes finally seemed to be click on offense, let by both Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, in a 49-28 victory against the beleaguered Maryland Terrapins today at The Horseshoe in Columbus. Jones threw for 291 yards and 2 touchdowns while J.T. Barrett only went 2-2 for 26 yards but ran for 3 touchdowns on 62 yards. The Terps offense, however, also played well, led by Perry Hills. While not very that spectacular throwing the ball, he did run for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns while passing for 1 touchdown.
Ezekiel Elliot ran for 106 yards and a 2 touchdowns. The highlight of the game for the Buckeyes was a spectacular catch by Braxton Miller, leaping high in to the air to catch a bullet thrown by Jones. He then scored on a passing touchdown on the next play. Michael Thomas also caught 7 passes for 107 yards.
The defense did have 4 sacks but, once again, was susceptible to the big plays, with Hills running free for huge gains. It wasn't pretty but they were able to contain the Terps offense just enough to allow the offense to get going after the Terps tied it at 21 to start the third quarter.
My take: Urban Meyer is trying everything he can to keep his team focused during a supposed "cupcake" schedule. The Terps are not a good team but were still able to get 28 points on the board. It was a good sign, however, how the offense finally seemed to come together. With Cardale Jones doing more passing and J.T. Barrett more running, there is a balance to both of them playing on different occasions during the game. After the success they had today, the Buckeyes, it appears, will use the 2 quarterbacks in the same fashion moving forward.
Player of the game: J.T. Barrett, who ran for 3 touchdowns and seemed to spark the offense when they needed it.
Play of the game: Braxton Miller's phenomenal open field catch. Coming from a former quarterback makes it that much more impressive.
Next game: against Penn State at Ohio Stadium next Saturday night at 8 PM