Ohio State Smashes Maryland in Terps’ Big Ten Debut


Oct 4, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) looks to pass against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Maryland Terps entered today’s game against the Ohio State Buckeyes as the newest member of the Big Ten, and with high hopes treating their home crowd to a win over their more celebrated opponents.   With a 4-1 record, the Terps had fans dreaming big, but Ohio State wasted little time in reminding the East Coast crowd which team is a conference legend, scoring early and often, and eventually blasting the Terps, 52-24.

QB J.T. Barrett went 18-for-23 and tossed four touchdowns to go with no interceptions, and  RB Ezekiel Elliott proved a steady complement to the passing game by running for 139 yards on 24 carries.  The Buckeyes dominated on defense, as well, recording four interceptions that included one run back 24 yards for a touchdown by Raekwon McMillan.

Maryland never could get much going on either side of the ball, and ended up losing the battle for possession time by a tally of 36:36-to-23:24.

The win leaves Ohio State at 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten.   The Buckeyes sit atop the Big Ten East conference just ahead of Penn State and the Terps.