Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson hobbled in return from injury at Maryland
He caught a screen pass for a 31-yard touchdown that capped the Buckeyes’ opening drive.
It was on second-and-10 when quarterback C.J. Stroud rolled a few steps to his right and threw a pass back to the other side of the line of scrimmage to Henderson, who then sped up the field into the end zone.
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But the sophomore running back finished with a walking boot on his left foot, watching the second half from the sideline at SECU Stadium.
After the first series, Henderson appeared visibly hobbled. He would end up rushing for only 19 yards on 11 carries and did not run once after halftime as the Buckeyes favored freshman Dallan Hayden, who totaled 146 yards and three touchdowns on 27 attempts.
The return of Henderson, who had missed the previous two games, was prompted by his recent workouts.
“He had a really good week of practice and didn’t have much pain,” coach Ryan Day said, “and so he’s trying to figure out what that’s going to be like playing in a game with the situation. He’s still working through that, and we’ll keep evaluating that every day.”
Henderson hurt his left foot in a non-conference win over Toledo in September and aggravated it last month, late in a comeback win at Penn State.
The nagging injury has left the Buckeyes’ group of running back all the more banged up. Miyan Williams was sidelined Saturday after a tough landing on his right foot in last week’s rout of Indiana.
Day said the Buckeyes are hopeful for Williams to be available next week as it faces Michigan to end the regular season.
“I know it was trending that way,” Day said.
A lot of yellow
The Buckeyes were flagged 11 times for 97 yards, the most penalties they have committed in a game this season.
Three of the penalties were caused by a delay of game.
“That's too many,” Days said. “I know a couple of those, administratively, we could have done a better job.”
Two of the delay of game penalties occurred on the point after touchdown, the second leading to Maryland garnering two points.
After a 13-yard touchdown run by Hayden that put the Buckeyes ahead by a score of 33-21 early in the fourth quarter, they lined up for a two-point conversion attempt before being flagged for not getting the play off in time.
Ohio State then lined up for an extra-point attempt, a try by Noah Ruggles that was blocked by Deonte Banks and recovered by Jakorian Bennett for a defensive PAT. The Buckeyes’ lead was tightened to a 33-23 score with 12:36 left.
Game-sealing sack by Zach Harrison
A strip sack by defensive end Zach Harrison sealed the Buckeyes’ win in the waning seconds
With Maryland backed up toward its end zone, Harrison burst off the edge of the line of scrimmage and swarmed into the backfield.
As he hurried after quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, he dove at him and knocked the ball into the air. Before it could fall onto the turf, it was scooped up by linebacker Steele Chambers, who ran into the end zone to give Ohio State a two-score lead.
Harrison also sacked Tagovailoa on the previous play, preventing the Terrapins from mounting any attempt at a game-winning touchdown drive.
“It goes back to confidence, believing in the scheme, believing in the guy next to you that when the time comes, you’ll make that play,” Harrison said.
Noah Ruggles kicking distance
Kicker Noah Ruggles made all three of his field-goal attempts, including his longest since transferring to Ohio State from North Carolina last year.
A 47-yard field goal in the third quarter was the longest since a career-long 49-yarder against Wake Forest in 2019.
His previous long with the Buckeyes was from 46 yards, hitting one from that distance in each of his two seasons at OSU.
Ruggles has made 12 of 14 field-goal attempts this fall.
Matthew Jones injured
Right guard Matthew Jones went down late in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Enokk Vimahi.
When Jones left the locker room to board the team bus, he was walking on crutches with his right foot wrapped in ice.
Day did not have an update on his status after the game.
Right tackle Dawand Jones and cornerback Denzel Burke were back in the starting lineup after they were sidelined last week against Indiana with unspecified injuries. ... The Buckeyes wore decals on their helmets honoring the victims of the shooting at Virginia earlier this week that killed three football players. A momentum of silence was also held before kickoff.