Before Ohio State’s 43-30 win over Maryland despite a struggle from star quarterback CJ Stroud, who had 241 passing yards and a touchdown, former Ohio State star Braxton Miller strained the team’s momentum en route to next Saturday’s clash with undefeated Michigan. Miller spent four years with the Buckeyes, eventually going from quarterback to wide receiver. As a high school contender, Miller was ranked #20 nationally and was the #2 ranked dual threat quarterback.
“The offense is unstoppable, the defense is unstoppable, they’re doing their thing, I love what they’ve got in front of them,” Miller told ESPN. “I enjoy seeing my horse chestnuts every Saturday morning, every Saturday night. I can not get enough of this. I’m ready for next week and going out with my family I’ll be out early to hug you.”
Against Maryland, Ohio State had 401 yards, with the majority coming from Stroud’s arm. The Buckeyes saw a busy outing from running back Dallas Hayden, who had three touchdowns on the ground while rushing for 146 yards with 27 carries. As usual, Ohio State’s wide receivers were impressive, with Emeka Egbuka Leads with six catches for 82 yards during Marvin Harrison Jr. caught five passes for 68 yards.
Ohio State’s 43 points marked the ninth time this season that the Buckeyes were over 40 points, with the breakaways being a 21-point performance in the season opener against Notre Dame and then an additional 21-point game against Northwestern.
In recent weeks, Ohio State’s defense had conceded just 21 total points in back-to-back victories over Northwestern and Indiana, but Maryland was changing that tune. Led by star quarterback Taulia Tagavoilia, the Terrapins pushed the Buckeyes to the limit while Tagavoilia threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns. The Terps scored 17 points in the final frame to give Ohio State a scary hit, but on a potential go-ahead drive with less than a minute left, Tagavoilia threw an interception that was thrown back a few steps for a score achieve.
The Buckeyes’ defense will have all eyes on Michigan as Wolverines run back Blake Corum is available. He capped Saturday’s win against Illinois after crashing his knee on the turf in the second quarter. Corum, a 12-week Heisman candidate, rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown with 17 carries before limping into the locker room. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh does don’t know the status of Corum ahead of next week’s game against Ohio State.
He said Corum’s knee is “structurally good, which is great news” before moving on to another question after the Wolverines’ near-touch against the Fighting Illini.
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Harbaugh added that Corum only played two snaps because he was cleared to play, but “it bothered him.” according to The Michigan Insider.