Stroud throws 5 TDs, No. 7 Buckeyes bury Maryland 66-17


  • Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud drops back to pass against Maryland during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • Maryland defensive back Nick Cross, right, forces Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson out-of-bounds during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • Ohio State receiver Garrett Wilson, right, celebrates his touchdown against Maryland with teammate Kamryn Babb during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • Ohio State receiver Chris Olave celebrate his touchdown against Maryland during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • Ohio State defensive lineman Zach Harrison, right, tackles Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson, center, is tackled by Maryland defenders Tarheeb nevertheless, left, and linebacker Kobi Thomas during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • Ohio State linebacker Teradja Mitchell, right, tackles Maryland running back Tayon Fleet-Davis during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • Ohio State receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, right, runs past Maryland linebacker Ruben Hyppolite during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • Ohio State Emeka Egbuka, right, cuts up field on a kick return as Maryland kicker Joseph Petrino tries to make a tackle during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa throws a pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • Ohio State receiver Chris Olave, right, catches a touchdown pass in front of Maryland linebacker Terrence Lewis during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio — C.J. Stroud threw five touchdowns passes, Ohio State scored on nine straight possessions and the No. 7 Buckeyes steamrolled Maryland 66-17 on Saturday.

    Stroud and the Buckeyes (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) had their way with Terps. The freshman quarterback was 24 for 33 for 406 yards and threw two touchdown passes each to star wideouts Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson against a depleted Maryland secondary before taking a seat after three quarters.

    Freshman TreVeyon Henderson, after managing just 17 yards rushing in the first half, finished with 102 and two touchdowns. He also caught a 26-yard TD pass in the first half.

    Master Teague also had a touchdown drop as Ohio State beat Maryland for the seventh consecutive time.

    It wasn’t until the Buckeyes’ 10th and final excursion of the game, when the regulars were all out of the game, that the Terps managed to stop them on downs.

    Maryland was routed for the second straight week. Taulia Tagovailoa threw five interceptions last week as Iowa upended the Terps 51-14. Tagovailoa threw two late picks against the Buckeyes on Saturday, but turnovers weren’t really the problem. The Terps offense couldn’t string together enough positive plays together – and their defense just couldn’t stop Ohio State.

    Tagovailoa, who came in the game leading the Big Ten in completion percentage, was 28 for 39 for 279 yards and two touchdowns for Maryland (4-2, 1-2).

    THE TAKEAWAY


            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            

     

    Maryland: After reeling off three straight wins to start the season and Tagovailoa putting up big numbers, the Terps were complete of confidence. That was until they ran into two straight Top-10 teams that showed Mike Locksley’s squad that it nevertheless has a long way to go in the tough Big Ten East.

    Ohio State: Stroud has been spectacular the last few associate weeks, and the Buckeyes are picking up steam with each game. They have an open week before traveling to Indiana and hope to peak before a basic showdown with Penn State on Oct. 30.

    POLL IMPLICATIONS

    Ohio State’s flashy offensive characterize should garner some more attention and maybe a few more poll points.

    INJURIES

    Maryland: The Terps were without their leading receiver, Dontay Demus Jr., who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week. WR Jeshaun Jones went out with an injury on the second play of Saturday’s game and didn’t return. … CBs Kenny Bennett and Jakorian Bennett also didn’t play.

    Ohio State: DT Haskell Garrett limped off the field with an apparent leg injury in the third quarter. … Miyan Williams, who started the season as the No. 1 running back, was listed as unavailable for the second straight week. Ohio State has not provided a reason.

            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            

     

    UP NEXT

    Maryland: After a week off, the Terps great number Minnesota.

    Ohio State: The Buckeyes play at Indiana on Oct. 23.

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