Ohio State is in such cruise control at the moment that the facet of the play that most worries fans is the kickoff coverage unit, plagued by kicks out of bounds and deep returns. The bad news is that the Buckeyes were Keystone Kops again in that category. The good news is they get plenty of practice. Leaves are awarded on a zero-to-five basis. — Ray Stein

Offense (4)

Not all of J.T. Barrett’s soft tosses and arrows hit the bull’s-eye, and there was one lost fumble when the game was still up for grabs. Mostly, though, the Buckeyes had their way in a 584-yard display that again showed a pleasing balance of run and pass. Hate to see a good kid go down with injury, though.

Defense (5)

When the bulk of Ohio State’s starters went to the bench for good with 5 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter, the yardage totals read thus: OSU 466, Maryland 15. By then, Nick Bosa and the boys had tightly cinched the Terrapins into straitjackets, stuffed them into Harry Houdini’s safe and dropped them into the bay.

Special teams (1)

The delivery trucks awaiting entrance at the Woody this morning are packed to the gills with Grecian Formula, such are the gray hairs that sprouted in a special-teams meltdown. Among the many lowlights: a botched extra point, a blocked field-goal try and a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD by Maryland. Requirement for film study: thick skin.

Coaching (3)

After yet one more special-teams fiasco — maybe it was the kickoff out of bounds, but who can be sure? —Urban Meyer hunched over, hands on his knees and staring at the ground. Would he throw up? Would he explode? Just breathe, baby. The penalties keep a-pilin’, and that must be addressed.

Fun (2)

The prevailing scent was weirdness, especially in a first half that had all sorts of things go wrong for the home fans except on the scoreboard. Soon enough, though, the game was so far out of reach that the fans began leaking into the night air, soon after a goofy “Brutus as a boxer” halftime show. Boxing? Seriously?

Opponent (1)

Already this year, Maryland had gone to Texas and lassoed Tom Herman’s Longhorns, and then extricated the Gophers in Minneapolis. But in Columbus, the Terrapins fully looked the part of a team down to its third-string quarterback, and they tapped out pretty early.

Officiating (2)

All bad calls in college football 2017 took a step back when OSU’s Denzel Ward was flagged for targeting in the first quarter, and it somehow held up under review. Since when is leading with the shoulder an illegal play, assuming the player hasn’t inserted large spikes into his pads? Now Damon Arnette? That was targeting.