Survive: Ohio State holds out 43-30 to Maryland

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State survived a scare at College Park to secure its 11th win of the season. While all of the focus outside of Ohio State’s program was on facing Michigan next week, Ohio State certainly knew they had to take care of business against Maryland first.

But instead of sealing an early win and dominating the 6-4 team, it was a full game thriller in the fourth quarter as the Buckeyes pulled away to a 43-30 win. Maryland certainly wanted to trump Ohio State, but it was the Buckeyes who survived the chaos.

Maryland came out with its quarterback game, made it difficult for Ohio State to establish the run and ultimately made it a fourth-quarter fight for the Buckeyes, who went 52-51 to college in overtime for the first time since 2018 Park returned victory.

The result was 13-10 with Maryland leading at half, but there were 50 combined points in the second half. Maryland never regained the lead after Noah Ruggles’ punt was blocked and returned by Maryland early in the fourth quarter.

To seal the win, Buckeyes defensive end Zach Harrison had back-to-back sacks, with the second coming on a stripsack from Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa in front of the goal line, where the ball landed in the hands of Buckeye linebacker Steele Chambers, who gave it for a touchdown back.

The first drive of the Ohio State game was a 31-yard touchdown by running back TreVeyon Henderson. But Ohio State then went on with back-to-back three-and-outs before then settling for a field goal.

Ohio State also struggled to contain Tagovailoa, especially early on. He was 26 of 36 for 293 yards and two touchdowns. He completed passports to nine different recipients in Maryland.

But early in the third quarter, safety Lathan Ransom made a critical tackle for loss and then blocked a Maryland punt. Suddenly, the momentum shifted for Ohio State and things started to click — though it was still a struggle with every possession. Freshman running back Dallan Hayden also began establishing the running game for the Buckeyes as Henderson saw limited time and was spotted in a hiking boot in the second half.

Hayden has his second straight 100-yard game against Maryland. He had 27 carries for 146 yards with three touchdowns – all Ohio State touchdowns except for Henderson’s arrival on the first drive.

Quarterback CJ Stroud was 18 of 30 for 241 yards and a touchdown. Emeka Egbuka led all receivers with 82 yards in six catches.

After teams never had riveting games for both Michigan and Ohio State this Saturday, the teams will meet 11-0 in Columbus next week for only the second time in the history of the rivalry and the first since 2006.

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