Postgame updates: Ohio State beats Maryland 66-17

Brian White
The Columbus Dispatch

The Ohio State football team plays Maryland in the 2021 homecoming game at 12:05 p.m. Saturday inside Ohio Stadium and the Buckeyes are looking to stay unbeaten in the Big Ten. 

OSU enters the game after walloping Rutgers to improve to 4-1 on the season. The 52-13 win was the second-straight game the Buckeyes have score 50 or more points in and the second in which the defense play like the unit some expected in the preseason. 

Maryland, meanwhile, jumped to a 4-0 record before running into Iowa, who used its 51-14 win over the Terps to climb to No.3 in the rankings this week. 

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Will Ohio State pick up its third-straight win of the season? Or will Maryland bounce back from their home loss to Iowa?  

You can follow the action live with insights from Columbus Dispatch's team of reporters Bill Rabinowitz, Joey Kaufman and columnist Rob Oller.

Buckeyes football final score: Ohio State 66-Maryland 17

OSU improves to 5-1 on the season. The Buckeyes are off next weekend. 

Ohio State's defense scores, Ohio State 66-Maryland 17

Corner Craig Young made it four straight games with an Ohio State defensive touchdown, running back an interception 70 yards for a score. 

Ryan Watts intercepts Taulia Tagovailoa, Jack Miller takes over on the ensuing drive

Ohio State's Ryan Watts gave the Buckeyes the ball, and when the offense came on the field, OSU brought out their third quarterback of the day. And with Jack Miller being behind center, Ohio State went with Evan Pryor at running back. 

Noah Ruggles scores a field goal, Ohio State 59-Maryland 17

For the first time today, Ohio State ended a drive without scoring a touchdown, and they still scored points. (That's not including when OSU got the ball with 18 seconds left in the half and ran out the clock.) With Kyle McCord quarterbacking the team, the Buckeyes got to within field goal range and Noah Ruggles finished off the series by converting a 32-yard attempt. 

Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud's day is done

Kyle McCord has entered the game for Ohio State, making C.J. Stroud's final stats 24-for-33 passing, 406 yards and five touchdowns. Another backup entering the game is center Toby Wilson, son of Ohio State assistant Kevin Wilson.

Maryland scores again, Ohio State 56-Maryland 17

Rakim Jarrett caught a screen pass from Taulia Tagovailoa and ran 43 yards for a late third-quarter touchdown. 

TreVeyon Henderson rushes for another score, Ohio State 56-Maryland 10

Buckeyes running back TreVeyon Henderson beat Maryland's defense out wide and one stiff-arm and a few gliding strides later had his second rushing TD of the day. He also has a touchdown catch. 

Ohio State has seven tackles for loss

The Buckeyes offense is posting numerous highlight plays, but the Ohio State defense continues to show improvement and today has seven tackles and three sacks. Steele Chambers is leading the way with seven tackles, six solos, and a sack.

Chris Olave makes amazing touchdown catch despite being interfered with, Ohio State 49-Maryland 10

The Buckeyes were facing fourth down on the Maryland 30-yard line, and instead of merely trying to move the chains, Chris Olave outraced the Terps' defense down the center of the field, then caught the ball on a second effort despite being interfered with on the play. C.J. Stroud now has 388 yards and five touchdowns, and one assumes he will not play much longer. 

Today's attendance at Ohio Stadium

There are 99,277 fans watching Ohio State play Maryland, although if current trends keep up and this beautiful weather holds, expect that number to dwindle soon.

C.J. Stroud has his fourth touchdown pass of the day, Ohio State 42-Maryland 10

Garrett Wilson is again on the end of a C.J. Stroud touchdown pass. Stroud has 339 yards on the afternoon in addition to his four scores. The Buckeyes have scored on every drive today but one — and the one that didn't occurred after OSU took a knee after getting the ball with 18 seconds remaining in the first half. 

Double dose of Script Ohio

The Ohio State Marching Band performed Script Ohio both prior to today's game and at halftime. A little investigative reporting by our very own Rob Oller has uncovered why. 

Master Teague gets into the end zone, Ohio State 35-Maryland 10

Rather than run out the clock, when Ohio State got the ball back with 1:51 before half, Buckeyes coach Ryan Day told his team to put their foot on the gas. Considering how easily OSU has scored today, what happened next should be no surprise. Master Teague ran for an 8-yard touchdown with :47 to go until the break. Ohio State has not needed to rely on their run game today, and they only have 47 yards on the ground so far. 

Ohio State's Cameron Brown hurt

Ohio State corner Cam Brown in making a tackle, absorbed a lot of upper body contact and is headed to the medical tent after spending an extended period of time down on the field. 

TreVeyon Henderson now has rushing and receiving TDs, Ohio State 28-Maryland 10

TreVeyon Henderson entered today's game with three catches on the season. He has four receptions this afternoon, one of those for a touchdown. He floated out to C.J. Stroud's left, and when Stroud found him in space, Henderson sprinted in for a 26-yard score. 

Taulia Tagovailoa counters with a TD pass for Terps, Ohio State 21-Maryland 10

On third-and-goal from the OSU 7, Taulia Tagovailoa rolled right to buy enough time for Carlos Carriere to find an open space in the end zone. Nearly half (61) of Maryland's passing yards to this point (123) were the result of that scoring drive. 

Chris Olave scores his sixth touchdown of the season, Ohio State 21-Maryland 3

With 12:12 to go until half, Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud already has 215 yards and 2 touchdowns. His latest scoring pass went 36 yards to receiver Chris Olave. 

Ohio State honors the school's Olympians

The Buckeyes introduced the athletes who competed at the Tokyo Olympics. Silver medalist Kyle Snyder especially received a warm welcome, which is notable given that he now trains at Penn State.

TreVeyon Henderson scores, Ohio State 14-Maryland 3

In the waning moments of the first quarter, TreVeyon Henderson caught a 30-yard pass, and then one play later, ran four yards for a score that extended the Buckeyes' lead. 

C.J. Stroud connects with Garrett Wilson, Ohio State 7-Maryland 3

On fourth down, Ohio State coach Ryan Day kept his offense on the field, and quarterback C.J. Stroud found Garrett Wilson in the back of the end zone for a two-yard touchdown that has put the Ohio State Buckeyes out in front. It was a 17-play, 88-yard scoring drive, which lasted 6:10, despite only five of those yards coming via the run. 

Terps score first, Maryland 3-Ohio State 0

Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa has completed his first four attempts of today's game and absorbed a roughing penalty to keep their opening drive alive. The end result of all that is Joseph Petrino convertede a 48-yard field goal to put Maryland on the scoreboard first.

Maryland's Jeshaun Jones leaves the game on a cart

A week after losing leading receiver Dontay Demus for the season with a knee injury, the Terps have suffered another setback at the position. Jeshaun Jones, who was third on the team with 17 receptions entering today, has left the contest with a lower body injury. 

Will Smith Jr. is here for today's Ohio State game

The son of Ohio State great Will Smith is among the recruits in attendance at today's game. The 6-3, 250-pound defensive lineman is a member of the recruiting class of 2023, plays for Dublin Coffman, and holds offers from the Miami Redhawks and Marshall Thundering Herd. 

Dublin Coffman defensive linemen recruit Will Smith Jr. walks around the stadium before Ohio State Buckeyes take on Maryland Terrapins at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 9, 2021. Smith Jr. is the son of the late, Will Smith, who was a standout at Ohio State and with the New Orleans Saints.

NFL scouts at Ohio Stadium

Credentialed to cover today's game are scouts from the Falcons, Bills (2), Bears, Broncos (3), Packers (3), Texans, Jaguars, Chargers (2), Eagles and Buccaneers. 

Today's officials

  • Referee: Michael Cannon
  • Umpire: Ken Zelmanski
  • Linesman: Bruce Keeling
  • Line Judge: Jeff Meslow
  • Back Judge: Robert Smith Jr.
  • Field Judge: Stephen Hassel
  • Side Judge: John Hayes
  • Center Judge: Bryan Banks

A Hang On Sloopy anniversary

It was 55 years ago today that the Ohio State Marching Band first performed Hang On Sloopy at Ohio Stadium. The McCoys' hit had reached No. 1 on the billboard on Oct 2, 1965, and was played for OSU fans one week later. 

Ohio State running back Miyan Williams out against Maryland

Running back Miyan Williams, who did not travel with the team to Rutgers, will not play against Maryland.  

Williams started the first two games against Minnesota and Oregon, rushing for a combined 202 yards and one touchdown, but did not carry the ball the following week against Tulsa and has seen budding star freshman TreVeyon Henderson take on a larger workload in the backfield.

The Buckeyes, who are especially tight-lipped on injury-related issues, haven't provided a reason for his absence.

Going to the Ohio vs. Maryland game? Here's what to know about parking

Here's some things to know about parking on game day. 

Ohio State football parking map for the 2021 football season

Here are some other things to know: 

  • Cashless Parking: All day-of-game lots and garages will be cashless beginning this season. Only credit cards will be accepted. The day-of-game parking rate is $20 and is payable upon arrival on game days.
  • Take a shuttle: Park on West Campus (including parking lots west of Route 315) and hop on a free shuttle that picks up in Carmack Lot 1 and drops off at the John Herrick Drive Transit Hub, which is just a short walk away from Ohio Stadium.
  • Touchless permits: All athletics permit holders will display their parking passes via their phones. Please have your digital pass ready to display to traffic officers and parking attendants on game days.
  • Scan your QR code: CampusParc annual permit holders must scan their access keycard or QR code upon arrival to all day-of-game lots and garages.
  • Re-entry is not permitted.

More game day parking information: 

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