For the second week in a row, Ohio State beat an opponent by the score of 62-3. While last week's blow-out victory over Nebraska might have been somewhat of a surprise, most Ohio State fans expected the Buckeyes to shellack the lowly Terrapins.
1. For the season, Ohio State now has four wins of 50+ points: Bowling Green (77-10); Nebraska (62-3); Maryland (62-3); and Rutgers (58-0).
2. Yesterday was the fifth time on the season that the Buckeye defense held an opponent out of the end zone. In addition to the four games listed above, Ohio State also beat Tulsa 48-3. Note: Bowling Green scored 10 points against Ohio State, but their lone touchdown came by way of a pick six.
3. When Curtis Samuel gets the football, good things happen. Yesterday, Samuel had 4 rushes for 38 yards and a pair of touchdowns, 5 receptions for 74 yards and a 36-yard touchdown, and one punt return for 11 yards.
4. On the season, Samuel leads Ohio State in receptions (57); receiving yards (750); and touchdowns (13); and he has the three longest plays from scrimmage (74-yard run; 75-yard reception; 79-yard reception). Samuel is also second on the team in rushing with 637 yards, trailing only starting tailback Mike Weber who has 935 yards.
5. With a 36-yard touchdown reception against Maryland, Samuel now has 16 plays from scrimmage of 20+ yards this season (7 rushes, 9 receptions).
6. Curtis Samuel has often been compared to former Florida H-back Percy Harvin. Below are Harvin's stats from his three seasons at Florida (2006-2008) compared to Samuel's stats for the 2016 season:
Samuel was underused during his first two seasons at Ohio State due to the wealth of NFL talent at the offensive skill positions (Ezekiel Elliott, Braxton Miller, Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall, Devin Smith), but he still has 1,152 yards rushing, 1,134 yards receiving, and 22 total touchdowns for his career. By way of comparison, Percy Harvin had 1,852 yards rushing, 1,929 yards receiving, and 32 total touchdowns for his three-year college career.
Player Season Game Rush Yards Avg TDs Recs Yards Avg TDs Plays Yards Avg TDs Percy Harvin 2006 13 41 428 10.4 3 34 427 12.6 2 75 855 11.4 5 Percy Harvin 2007 11 83 764 9.2 6 59 858 14.5 4 142 1,622 11.4 10 Percy Harvin 2008 12 70 660 9.4 10 40 644 16.1 7 110 1,304 11.9 17 Curtis Samuel 2016 10 80 637 8.0 7 57 750 13.2 6 137 1,387 10.1 13
7. Quarterback J.T. Barrett had an even 300 total yards (253 passing, 47 rushing) and 4 total touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing). For his Buckeye career, Barrett now has 8,281 total yards, which is third at Ohio State behind Art Schlichter (8,850 yards) and Braxton Miller (8,609 yards); and 98 total touchdowns (an Ohio State record).
8. Barrett has 6,044 passing yards for his Buckeye career, which is fifth behind Art Schlichter (7,547 yards); Bobby Hoying (7,232 yards); Joe Germaine (6,370 yards); and Greg Frey (6,316 yards).
9. Barrett has 2,237 rushing yards for his Buckeye career, which is 20th in Ohio State history.
10. Freshman running back Mike Weber has quietly had an excellent season, with 152 rushes for 935 yards (6.2 average) and 7 touchdowns. Weber has a very good chance to break Ohio State's freshman rushing record of 1,237 yards set by Maurice Clarett in 2002.
11. Freshman K.J. Hill is beginning to separate himself from the pack at the wide receiver position. Yesterday he had a team-high 5 receptions for 62 yards. For the season, Hill now has 14 receptions (6th best on team) for 230 yards (4th best on team).
12. True freshman wide receiver Binjimen Victor had his first career touchdown reception, a 25-yard strike from freshman quarterback Joe Burrow.
13. Place kicker Tyler Durbin was two for two on field goal attempts, including his career long from 45 yards out.
14. Middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan had an All American performance against Maryland, with 10 tackles, 2 TFLs, a sack, and a forced fumble. The defense as a whole had 12 TFLs, 5 sacks, and forced two turnovers (fumble, interception), while holding Maryland to 176 total yards, 10 first downs, and 1/15 on third down conversions.
15. Which players on Maryland stood out yesterday? Well, the whole team really, with their blood red uniforms from helmet to cleat. At least the Terps were dressed appropriately for a slaughter.
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