The Football Fever: Buckeyes maul Maryland, Sparty beats the Blue
COLUMBUS -- (AP) Maryland tried to mix things up right from the start Saturday, trying a flea-flicker on its first offensive play. Ohio State linebacker Dante Booker wasn't fooled. He sacked Max Bortenschlager for a 4-yard loss.
Matter of fact, the Buckeyes had little trouble with the Terrapins all game.
The stingy No. 10 Buckeyes held Maryland to 66 total yards -- their fewest yards allowed since yielding 60 against Indiana in 1960 -- in a 62-14 rout.
"We stopped the run, and we didn't give them many opportunities," Ohio State defensive end Tyquan Lewis said. "We just came out and played good fundamental defense."
Quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the first half for Ohio State (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten). Ohio State beat the Terrapins last year 62-3.
Ohio State overwhelmed Bortenschlager, holding the Terrapins to 16 passing yards and only six first downs. Bortenschlager, who was promoted to a starting role after injuries to the top two QBs, was only 3-of-12 passing.
He didn't complete a pass until the second quarter and was sacked four times before being shaken up and leaving the game in the third. He was hit in the head by cornerback Damon Arnette while sliding on a scramble, resulting in Arnette being kicked out for targeting.
Caleb Henderson played the rest of the way, and Maryland managed a meaningless touchdown against Ohio State's backups late in the game.
"The line of scrimmage, we just dominated," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said.
Barrett, a fifth-year senior and holder of most of the school's passing records, was 20 for 31 for 261 yards before taking a seat near end of the third quarter. Barrett threw scoring passes to Binjimen Victor , Austin Mack and Terry McLaurin.
J.K. Dobbins ran the ball 13 times for 96 yards and a touchdown for Ohio State.
Michigan State upset Michigan, 14-10 in the Big House Saturday night as Mark Dantonio ran his record to 8-3 against the Maize and Blue.