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No Sweat: 62-3 Again. Numbers and Notes
By John Porentas

COLLEGE PARK, MD - The Buckeyes are in a bit of a rut.

For the second-straight week OSU debacled a Big Ten foe by a score of 62-3. Last week it was Nebraska, this week they did it again against a Maryland team the never had a chance. 

The most starling thing about the win is how easy the Buckeyes made it look. 

OSU scored seemingly at will against Maryland, and did it quickly and impressively. All but one of their scoring drives took less than four minutes, and that one took just 4:12.  The rest were fast-strikes, and the fastest striker of all for the OSU offense was h-back Curtis Samuel. Samuel rushed four times for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Just for good measure he added another 76 yards and a touchdown on five receptions. 

The OSU passing game, which was suspect at tmes earlier this season, was deadly. J. T. Barrett completed 18 of 27 for 253 yards and two touchdowns. His backup Joe Burrow was 6-9 for 75 yards and a touchdown. 

The OSU offense made it look easy. The OSU defense made it look painful. Buckeye defenders registered 12 tackles for loss, five of them sacks, and limited Maryland to 43 net yards rushing on 40 rushes. It was a dominant performance that produced two turnovers, one an interception by Marshon Lattimore, the other a fumble recovery Jalyn Holmes. 

Numbers of Note:

+ The Buckeye offense ran 79 plays and gained 581 yards. Maryland ran 67 plays and gained 176 yards.

+ OSU qveraged 5.9 yards per rush. Maryland averaged 1.1

+ The Buckeyes averaged 7.4 yards per play, Maryland 2.6

+ Nine receivers had catches for OSU.

+ Freshman wide receiver Binjimin Victor caught his career-first touchdown pass.

+ Curtis Samuel led OSU with 123 yards of total offense.  Damario McCall was runner up with 101 in limited duty. 

+ Maryland was one of 15 on third down.

Notes:

• Curtis Samuel finished with three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) to tie his career high. His 36-yard touchdown catch was his 16th play of 20 or more yards this season.

• Ohio State scored on its opening possession for the third straight game.

• Tyler Durbin kicked a career-long 45-yard field late in the second quarter; he finished 2-of-2 after adding a 34 yarder in the third quarter.

• The Buckeyes scored 45 points in the first half, marking their first time scoring 40-plus points in the first half since Kent State (45) in 2014.

• J.T. Barrett accounted for four more touchdowns on the afternoon, bringing his school-record total to 98. That total ranks second all-time in Big Ten history and he is now eight shy of the conference record of 106 held by Purdue’s Drew Brees. Barrett recorded his school-record leading 15th 300-yard game of his career. The junior completed 18 passes for 253 yards, and he added 47 yards on the ground.

• Freshman Mike Weber rushed 12 times for 93 yards. Weber is just 65 yards from 1,000 with 935 yards.Weber is seeking to become the third Ohio State freshman to rush for 1,000 yards. Robert Smith (1990) and Maurice Clarett (2002) are the other two.

• Ohio State scored on all seven red zone trips against Maryland. The Buckeyes have now scored points 16 of the last 17 times they have reached the red zone.

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