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#3 Ohio State starts stretch run against Maryland Terrapins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maryland vs. No. 3 Ohio State • Saturday, Nov. 9 • When: Noon • Where: Ohio Stadium • TV: FOX • Play by Play: Gus Johnson • Analyst: Joel Klatt • Sidelines: Jenny Taft

 

No. 3 Ohio State begins the stretch run of its season Saturday with a noon kickoff against Maryland. The Buckeyes have won 14 consecutive games dating back to last season, the second-longest streak in the FBS.

The Buckeyes enter Saturday’s game with Top-10 statistical rankings in total offense (sixth, 514.8 yards/game), total defense (second, 224.3 yards/game), scoring offense (third, 48.3 points/game) and scoring defense (first, 7.9 points/game). The Buckeyes’ defense has given up just two touchdowns over the last 12 quarters.

This will be the sixth meeting between the Buckeyes and Terps since Maryland joined the Big Ten in 2014. Ohio State has won all six games by an average of 31.4 points/game but most recently in 2018 survived with a 52-51 overtime triumph in College Park.

  • Ohio State’s 241 first-half points is more than 58 FBS teams have scored for the entire season.
  • Ohio State has the highest opponent winning percentage (.582) among undefeated and one-loss Power 5 teams.
  • Ohio State is scoring touchdowns on 49 percent of its possessions this season, second highest in the country.
  • Since 2012, Ohio State has a 26-2 record in games played in November.
  • The Buckeyes’ defense has given up less than 300 yards of total offense in all eight games this season, its longest streak since at least 1950.
  • Ohio State is No. 2 nationally in total defense, allowing just 224.2 yards per game. The school record for fewest yards allowed in a season was in 1973 when the Buckeyes gave up just 223.8 yards/game.

TOP FIVE STATUS FOR J.K. DOBBINS

  • J.K. Dobbins moved into No. 5 on Ohio State’s career rushing list vs. Northwestern and then passed Tim Spencer for fourth two weeks ago vs. Wisconsin.
  • As part of his 163-yard performance against the Badgers, Dobbins became the first player in program history to reach 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior.
  • Dobbins’ 99.2-yards-per-game career average is the third best in program history, behind only Archie Griffin (121.5 yards/game, 1972-75) and Ezekiel Elliott 101.6 yards/game, 2013-15).

FIELDS: 33 TDs RESPONSIBLE FOR

  • Justin Fields’ 33 touchdowns accounted for through eight games is two ahead of the pace last year by Heisman Trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins.
  • Fields is third nationally in touchdowns, training only Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and LSU’s Joe Burrow.
  • He is No. 4 in the nation and No. 1 in the Big Ten in passing efficiency rating (207.4), while his 24 touchdown passes are seventh most in the country.

GROUND ATTACK

  • Ohio State ranks No. 4 nationally in rushing offense with an average of 284.2 yards per game.
  • The Buckeyes have run for at last 225 yards in all eight games.
  • Their 6.2 yards-per-carry average for the season is third-best among Power 5 teams.
  • Ohio State is the only team in the country with two players averaging better than 6.5 yards per carry (minimum 70 attempts – Dobbins, 7.2 Master Teague, 6.8).

PUTTING UP POINTS

  • Over the last eight-plus season (2012-19), Ohio State is second nationally in scoring offense, averaging 41.6 points per game (in 103 games).
  • The Buckeyes have scored more touchdowns in than time span (571) than any other team in the country and 10 more than the second-highest team (Oregon).
  • In the Ryan Day era (2017-present), Ohio State has scored 40 or more points in 21 of 36 games (58.3 percent) and 30 or more points 28 times (77 percent).
  • Only four teams – Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ohio State and Alabama – have scored 30+ points in at least 70 percent of their games since 2017.

SUDDEN CHANGE

  • Ohio State’s defense has produced 17 takeaways this year (10 INTs, seven fumble recoveries) and scored 12 times on each of the ensuing possessions (including one “pick six” by Damon Arnette vs. Indiana).
  • The Buckeyes have more points off turnovers (76) then their opponents have total points (63).
  • Ohio State has a takeaway in all eight games this season and 15 of the last 17 dating back to last season.

NO. 1 NATIONALLY IN TD PASSES

  • Since Day’s arrival for the 2017 season, no other team has thrown more touchdown passes then Ohio State (118 in 36 games).
  • During that same time period, the Buckeyes rank third in completion percentage (68.4) and 13th in yards per game (295.1).

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Ohio State’s defense has given up a nation’s-best six touchdowns and are allowing TDs on just 5.88 percent of opponent drives.

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Ohio State is allowing just 3.59 yards per play, which is best in the country. The Buckeyes have given up just 18 plays of 20 yards or more and five of 30-plus yards.

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Since the start of the 2012 season, Ohio State has won 31 of its last 32 home games against Big Ten opponents with an average margin of victory of 23.3 points.

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The Buckeyes are No. 1 in the country with 10 rushes of 40 yards or more. Dobbins leads the team with four such rushes. Master Teague has three (and two TDs).

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Fields has accounted for 33 touchdowns (24 passing, nine rushing), which is second-best nationally. He has multiple TDs in all eight games this season.

TAKING A LOOK AT THE MARYLAND TERRAPINS

  • Running backs Javon Leake and Anthony McFarland have combined for 1,019 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season.
  • Josh Jackson, a transfer from Virginia Tech, has started six games at quarterback and leads the team in passing yards (1,065), touchdowns (10) while completing just under 50 percent of his passes (49.7).
  • Jackson’s favorite target has been Dontay Demus, who ninth in the Big Ten in receiving yards (491) and 11th in receptions (32).
  • On defense, Keandre Jones, who spent three years with the Buckeyes and was a key contributor on special teams, has 11.0 tackles for loss – which is fifth highest in the Big Ten – and six sacks to go along with 45 total tackles.
  • Under the guidance of first-year head coach Mike Locksley, Maryland is 3-6 on the year and 1-5 in the Big Ten following a 38-7 home loss to Michigan last Saturday.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OHIO STATE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

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