Ohio State weathered an unexpectedly tougher trip to College Park and set up a top-three match against arch-rivals Michigan next weekend with a 43-30 win in Maryland on Saturday afternoon.
The Buckeyes were led offensively by freshman running back Dallas Haydenwho rushed for a career-high 146 yards and three touchdowns in starter relief TreVeyon Hendersonwho left the game in the second quarter after aggravating his lingering foot injury.
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Defensive Redshirt Junior Linebacker Thomas Eichenberg recorded a team-high 13 tackles while the juniors were safe Lathan’s ransom finished second on the team with seven tackles and blocked a punt that turned the tide in the opening drive of the third quarter.
With that in mind, local and national college football analysts shared some of their thoughts on the game BuckeyesNow has compiled some of the best reactions below:
“It was a strange game for the Buckeyes. The 13-point margin of victory only came thanks to a defensive point at the very end of the competition. Henderson suffered an injury, but Hayden came in and used his 146 rushing yards on the Buckeyes.
“Ohio State was pretty good in the air but not overly destructive as he continued to miss Jaxon Smith-Njigba. You have plenty of firepower with you Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbukabut a third-string running back could be huge for next week.
“The Buckeyes dodged a trap game in Maryland with a 43-30 win. The Terps led 13-10 in the third quarter, but a blocked punt by Ransom turned the momentum in Ohio State’s favor. CJ Stroud (18 of 30 for 241 yards and a touchdown) was struggling with a leg injury, and Hayden had a breakthrough when Henderson left with a leg injury.
“Ohio State stayed perfect in the Big Ten game and should be favored against rival Michigan at The Shoe on Saturday. The Buckeyes have not lost at home to the Wolverines since 2000, and revenge is a factor after last season’s 42-27 loss to Michigan. A spot in the Big Ten championship is at stake.”
adam rittenberg, ESPN
Since he fell in the snow in Michigan last year in the Big House, coach ryan day and the Buckeyes pointed to this game, The Game, and a chance at redemption. Ohio State is going 11-0 but has endured its share of injuries and struggles. The Health of Running Back Miyan Williams and other key players should be watched before kick-off.
“Ohio State was bullied at the line of scrimmage last year and faces two fronts in Michigan that remain impressive. Although the Buckeyes may have a little more CFP scope than Michigan, they will win the contest as a must. Ohio State has not lost a consecutive game to Michigan since 1999 and 2000.”
David M Hale, ESPN
“The final moments weren’t quite as dramatic for No. 1 Georgia or No. 2 Ohio State, but they (like Michigan and TCU) did flirt with disaster. The Bulldogs only found the end zone once in the 16-6 win over Kentucky. Trailing at the half, the Buckeyes needed a late pick-six to hold off Maryland 43-30.
“Georgia has made a habit of sleepwalking past lesser enemies. It didn’t matter. Ohio State was truly tested for the first time all season. We can forgive the Buckeyes who fall into the trap with this team up north on deck next week. In the end, neither game really felt in doubt.”
“Don’t let the 43-30 record fool you…Maryland had a legitimate chance late on to end the excitement. The Buckeyes needed a 1-yard fumble return for a touchdown with nine seconds remaining to end the game. It was anything but a crisp game.”
“Stroud remains the betting favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, but he put up another average performance at a key point. For the fourth time in his career but the third time this season, the junior landed under the 250-yard mark, and he’s completed just 53.6 percent of his passes in his last three games.
“The Buckeyes have the most terrifying collection of receivers in college football, but the ball was out of their hands all the way as Day trusted the game in progress. During a key stretch, Day put the ball in fourth-and-one in Stroud’s hands, and a faulty pass fell short to give Maryland another shot to take the lead.
“The Buckeyes defense reinforced the stretch to keep the game from getting out of hand, but will that be the case against Michigan? Or maybe Georgia down the line? Ohio State has not satisfactorily answered this question.”
Cameron Teague Robinson, the athlete
“Ransom is a superstar. He put on the best performance of his career… after breaking his thumb on the first play. At the beginning of the second half he turned the game around.
“On Maryland’s fifth play in the third quarter, he wiped out a screen to force a third and a 12. He then blocked the following punt and set up a Hayden touchdown two games later… He’s arguing that the Jim Thorpe award this season should be his.
“The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. After the Buckeyes’ 43-30 win in Maryland on Saturday, Day couldn’t have been more excited to move on to The Team Up North Week. Day and his team have been plotting revenge for 358 days. They were involved in the Michigan game all offseason. His boys are highly motivated in the first showdown of 11-0 teams in this rivalry since 2006.
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“The mentality aspect is undoubtedly important as the country’s No. 2 team goes into this fight. But watching the Buckeyes finish in a hard-fought four-quarter street fight with the Terps and defending a six-point lead in the last minute made me wonder how ready they are for what comes next. Will all this hate be enough?”
Michael Wachsmann, NBC4
“After a sluggish first-half performance that left the Buckeyes 13-10 down at the break, it was imperative to get the machine rolling in the second half.
“The catalyst for the second straight week was Ransom reaching out to block a Colton Spangler Punt and set down the buckeyes at the Terrapins 14 yard line. Hayden hit it two games later to put OSU ahead 17-13 and it never fell back.
“The Buckeyes have scored in the second half in all but one series after punching three times in the first 30 minutes (and) are the team with the all-time highest scoring team in college football in the third quarter and have their total after one 17-point burst increased to 139 points Maryland.”
“First and foremost, I love Henderson and Williams. I think the former is one of the most talented defenders to come to Columbus in decades. I think he showed elements of Moritz Claret, Ezekiel Elliott and JK Dobbins packed in an explosive package.
“And don’t get me started on Williams! I think he’s the quintessential Ohio State running back. A club that seeks contact but can also miss people in the hole. Williams has one of the most important talents to see in a running back, the ability to turn a two-yard loss into a three-yard gain. the ability to convert to five yards from being darned at the line; the ability to turn five yards into 15.
“Well, I say that with no malice towards any of these immensely talented defenders, but they shouldn’t be playing in The Game this weekend, or at least not starting. Hayden, seen by many as an afterthought in the 2022 recruit class, has proven he deserved the opportunity not to carry the ball 100 percent during the difficult period with Henderson and Williams.”
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