Terrapins can’t keep up with #7 Buckeyes in 66-17 Blowout

COLUMBUS, OH — Maryland suffered a 66-17 defeat at #7 Ohio State on Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium. The Terps fell to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes moved to 5-1 and 3-0 in the conference. 

Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 279 yards on 28-of-39 with touchdown passes to Carlos Carriere and Rakim Jarrett. Carriere had a career-high and tied for team-best five catches for 56 yards. 

Tagovailoa connected with 13 different receivers in the game. Chigoziem Okonkwo had five catches for 56 yards while Carriere had a career-high five catches for 35 yards. 

From The Coach:

“Credit to Ohio State. I felt we could have executed better, you know when you looked at this, we played the number five and number seven [teams in the country]. We’re obviously not there yet. We have a lot of work to do as a program. And it’s good to see just how far we’ve come. Sitting at 4-2, and kinda limping into this bye week, but for us to see, back to back number we had five and seven. We’ve got a lot of work to do through recruiting through our roster development, and all those aspects to be able to, you know, compete against those type of teams and play at that level. I felt our effort was there today, the execution was piss poor. You know we’re playing through some injuries, which to me, are part of the game, you know, that’s why we play a lot of players. We develop our players to be able that when the next man has to show up, he’s got to be able to execute the stuff that we coach, and you know we’re not gonna sit here make excuses and what we need to do as coaches is do a great job of making sure we’re calling the things that the players that we have available can execute and I think we could do a better job of that as a coaching staff. Like I said, we’re 4-2 to at the halfway point where we’re gonna have opportunity to get some guys healthy now after six tough weeks, and I feel very confident still in this team. I really like where we are from a culture standpoint. And like I said, the last two weeks have shown us that we still got a little ways to go, but I still have the ultimate confidence in this group of players. As we move into again the meat of our schedule that we’ll have an opportunity to continue to grow and develop this program by we couldn’t have come at a better time for us as it’s a chance to regroup and reevaluate the things we’re doing at all three phases, reevaluate the people in our program which is what we always do when we quality control here at the halfway point. And then thirdly, get some guys healthy.”

Taulia Tallies It Up 

  • Taulia Tagovailoa continued to rack up impressive numbers as the Terps’ signal-caller. Tagovailoa threw for 279 yards and now has 1776 on the season, averaging 296 yards per game, which is among the national leaders. 
  • Tagovailoa continued his accuracy, completing 28-of-39 passes for a 72% completion percentage. He came into the game sixth in the nation at 72.2. 
  • Overall this season, Tagovailoa’s numbers are now: 155-of-215 for 1,776 yards for a 72.1 completion percentage with 14 touchdown passes.

Jarrett’s Touchdowns

  • Rakim Jarrett scored his fifth touchdown of the season on a 43-yard catch from Tagovailoa in the third quarter. 
  • Jarrett has scored touchdowns in five of six games this season. 

Faamatau’s Big Day

  • Challen Faamatau had his busiest day as a Terp. He carried the ball nine times for 71 yards, all career highs. He had a career-long 30-yard rush to convert a fourth down in the second quarter. 
  • He also had two catches for nineteen yards.  

Pecorella and Spangler Boom Punts 

  • Punter Anthony Pecorella boomed a pair of 56-yard punts in the first half, equalling his season-long of 56, previously set against Kent State. 
  • Pecorella now has six punts of more than 50-yards this season, a career-high for a season. 
  • Punter Colton Spangler had a career-long 62-yard punt in the first half. His previous career-high was 60, done twice, most recently vs. Michigan State (11/30/19). 

Petrino on The Charts

  • Kicker Joseph Petrino kicked the second-longest field goal of his career, with a 48-yard boot in the first quarter. The longest of his career was a 51-yard against Minnesota (10/30/20). 
  • He stands 10th in career scoring with 188. Next on the list is Steve Atkins, who stands ninth all-time with 192. 
  • Petrino has 26 made field goals in his career to rank 13th all-time. Next on the list at No. 12 is All-American Dale Castro, who had 27. 
  • With 110 extra points, he also ranks fourth in Maryland history. Third on the list is Brad Craddock with 126. 



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