Amid the celebration over another lopsided victory, Ohio State’s 62-14 romp over Maryland on Saturday, there was a party pooper lurking throughout the festivities.

It goes by the name of special teams; for the Buckeyes, they were anything but special in an otherwise dominating performance. That coach Urban Meyer, a special-teams maven, seemed less than ebullient after the game, was tipping off what’s likely to be a special week of practice headed toward a game at Nebraska.

“There's a lot of people upset about that and I'm one of them,” Meyer said. “We'll find out.”

Consider the laundry list of miscues that had him bent over at the waist for an extended period after Sean Nuernberger, who was supposed to be the fix to the ills plaguing the kickoff coverage team with more accurate placement of his kicks, booted the second-half kickoff out of bounds.

There also was:

• Maryland’s Ty Johnson returning the kickoff after Ohio State’s second touchdown 100 yards for a TD, a play that, for moments at least, kept the Terrapins in contention. It was largely due to a badly placed kickoff by Nuernberger, who had been given the job a week earlier when freshman Blake Haubeil was having trouble with consistent placement.

• Nuernberger saw his 47-yard field-goal attempt a little later in the first quarter blocked by a Maryland lineman who charged from just off the center of the line, officially Nuernberger’s first miss of the year.

• The Buckeyes blew the extra-point attempt after their third TD when Drue Chrisman, the holder, couldn’t handle a slightly off snap from Liam McCullough.

• Chrisman, the punter, shanked one 22 yards and out of bounds at the OSU 37-yard line in the second quarter when the Buckeyes were just trying to get out of a jam at their own end.

• K.J. Hill saw his 38-yard punt return in the second quarter brought back because of a block in the back by freshman Amir Riep.

• Nuernberger missed left on a 29-yard field-goal attempt in the third quarter when OSU already was up 48-7.

But it’s the bad placement on kickoffs and sometimes corresponding poor coverage that seemed to eat at Meyer the most.

“I'm still befuddled with — we're the only team in the country that can't kick the ball down the field,” he said, after going back to Haubeil for the job later in the second half. “It's something I have to strongly evaluate and find out why.”