COLLEGE PARK, MD — Maryland led the Ohio State No. 2 at halftime and fought the Buckeyes to the end when the Terps suffered a 43-30 loss at SECU Stadium.
The Terps (6-5 overall, 3-5 Big Ten) were seeking their first win over a top-two team since beating UCLA’s No. 1 in 1955. The Buckeyes (11-0, 8-0) withstood a stiff challenge from the Terps, who were within three points in the fourth quarter and had a chance to equalize or take the lead with less than seven minutes left.
Deonte Banks blocked an extra Buckeye point and Jakorian Bennett returned it for two points to put the Terps at 33-23, with 12:29 in fourth place. The Terp offense capitalized on that momentum, driving 74 yards down the field in seven games, highlighted by a beautiful ball from Taulia Tagovailoa to Rakim Jarrett for 49 yards — a pass that made Tagovailoa the program leader for career passing yards. The Terps faced a fourth goal from the one-yard line that looked like it was going nowhere until Tagovailoa extended the game and found Jeshuan Jones back in the end zone, making it a 33-30 game on 9 :49 left to play.
Ohio State hit a successful 45-yard field goal with 42 seconds left to take their lead to 36-30, then pulled off a defensive score as the Terps attempted to drive down field for the winning touchdown.
Tagovailoa, who became Maryland’s career-leading passing yard leader, threw for 293 yards on 26 of 36 with two passing touchdowns as he also tied the school record for career passing scores.
Dontay Demus Jr. had a season best five receptions for 67 yards. CJ Dippre set a career high with four catches for 30 yards with a touchdown reception. The Terps had a total of 392 attacks.
Defensive collateral Beau Brade and Dante Trader Jr. went ahead eight or seven duels. Deonte Banks scored four tackles, two PBUs and a blocked extra point.
Maryland’s 402 Yards of total offense was Ohio State’s second-highest allowed all season (Penn State 482), and the Terps became the second team to score 30 points against the Buckeyes this year, while Penn State had 31 points.
In the first half, the Terps defeated the Buckeyes on both sides of the ball, beating them 211-159 en route to a 13-10 advantage. Tagovailoa completed his first 11 passes of the night and finished half of the 16 of 18 for 180 yards and a score. On the other hand, the Maryland defense was all over the field, holding Heisman hopeful CJ Stroud for 131 yards on just 9 of 18 passes.
Breakdown of the action
- The Terps followed up a buckeye touchdown on the game’s opening drive with a nine-game 61-yard drive topped by a 31-yard field goal from Chad Ryland. On Ohio State’s subsequent possession, the Terps forced a three-and-out and the Buckeyes lost 21 yards in those three games.
- Ryland added a 21-yarder and Maryland forced a second straight three-and-out, bringing the score to 7-6 by the end of the first quarter.
- Ohio State added a field goal of their own, but Maryland responded and took a 3:52 lead in the first half. The Terps drove 75 yards down field and Tagovailoa found CJ Dipper in the back left corner of the end zone on the third and goal from the one giving the Terps a 13-10 advantage before the break.
- After Ohio State had 17 unanswered points in the third quarter, the Terps marched down the field in five games, with Tagovailoa completing the drive with a five-yard rushing score. Tagovailoa associated with Jacob Copeland on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt to make it a 27-21 game.
- The Buckeyes reached the end zone on their subsequent drive, but Deonte Banks blocks the extra point and Jakorian Bennett returned it for two points, putting Maryland in fourth place at 33-23 within 10 with 12:29.
- Maryland drew within three after a fantastic expansion of the game from Tagovailoa who found Jeshaun Jones in a tight time window for the score.
Taulia sets career passing yards record
- With a 49-yard dime too Rakim Jarrett in the fourth quarter, Tagovailoa claimed sole ownership of first place in Maryland Career Passing Yards. He ended the game with 293, giving him a total of 7,316. He broke the record of 7,301 set by Scott Milanovich from 1992 to 1995.
- Tagovailoa tied Milanovich at 49 for career touchdown passes thanks to his two goals through the air on Saturday.
- He holds every major passing record in Maryland except for career completions as he is second to Milanovich (650). 621 after his 26th birthday today.
Notes and Nuggets
- Demus Jr. now has receptions in 37 of his last 38 games.
- Roman Hembys 27-yard catch and run in the first quarter was the longest streak of his career.
- Tagovailoa completed his first 11 passing attempts of the game.
- Tagovailoa had a 26-yard rush in the third quarter, his longest rush of the season.
- Tai Felton had a 36-yard reception in the fourth quarter, the longest catch of his career.
- Felton’s 46 total receiving yards also set a new career high for a single game.
- The Terps earned a blocked extra for two points for the first time since Anthony Nixon on November 23, 2013 against Boston College.
- The last time the Terps blocked an extra point was Chandler Burkett vs. Indiana on October 28, 2017.
- Jakorian Bennett had a broken pass today, adding to his 27 total over the past two seasons, the most of any player in FBS football. Bennett had 16 PBUs last year and now has 11 this season.
- The Terps will wrap up the regular season game and celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, November 26 when they host Rutgers at SECU Stadium at 12 p.m. The action can be followed on the Big Ten Network and the Maryland Sports Radio Network.