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Ohio State Stages a Comeback to Secure a Convincing Victory Over Maryland

The game started with a bang as Maryland wasted no time in putting points on the board. Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa delivered a precise 15-yard pass to Prather

The game started with a bang as Maryland wasted no time in putting points on the board. Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa delivered a precise 15-yard pass to Prather, resulting in an early touchdown for Maryland.

Ohio State, on the other hand, encountered a rough start when Jeshaun Jones muffed a punt, gifting Maryland a golden opportunity. The fumble was quickly seized by Maryland's Trader Jr., putting Ohio State on the defensive.

Despite the early setback, Ohio State struggled to produce offensively, while Prather continued to shine, completing a 24-yard pass on Maryland's next drive. Maryland attempted to inject some diversity into their offense by introducing a new quarterback, Billy Edwards Jr., but the move failed to gain traction.

Kyle McCord, Ohio State's quarterback, faced immense pressure as he was sacked on 3rd and 16, resulting in an 8-yard loss and forcing Ohio State to punt. The first quarter ended with Maryland holding the lead.

As the second quarter commenced, Ohio State found themselves trailing. However, they managed to turn the tide on a pivotal play when they prevented Taulia Tagovailoa from rushing for a touchdown on 3rd & 2, forcing Maryland to settle for a field goal. The scoreboard read 10-0 with 12:56 remaining.

Ohio State's defense continued to shine as Josh Proctor intercepted Taulia Tagovailoa's pass at 10:57 and returned it 23 yards for an Ohio State touchdown. A sideline warning added to the drama, bringing the score to a narrow 10-7.

The momentum began to shift as Ohio State, possibly fueled by Coach Ryan Day's passionate halftime speech, forced Maryland to punt. However, Ohio State couldn't capitalize on this newfound energy and failed to produce points on their drive.

But then, a ray of hope emerged with a spectacular reception by Marv, gaining an impressive 58 yards. Another completion to Marv and solid contributions from Trayanum set the stage for Ohio State.

However, McCord struggled on 3rd & 5, resulting in an intentional grounding penalty. Ohio State settled for a field goal, tying the game at 10-10.

Despite the leveling of the score, McCord seemed to lag behind in the play execution, raising questions about his synchronization with the team.

The third quarter saw Maryland regaining their offensive momentum, with Taulia Tagovailoa rushing for 9 yards and putting Maryland back in the lead.

Ohio State, however, wasn't to be outdone, as Trayanum scored at 8:56 after a 37-yard pass from McCord to Fleming, tying the game again at 17-17. The Buckeyes' defense continued to shine, with an interception by Ransom at 6:08.

Ohio State had to settle for a field goal, taking the lead at 20-17.

In the final quarter, Ohio State dominated. They began the quarter after a punt from Maryland with a touchdown by Stover at 14:53, extending their lead to 27-17.

McCord, although showing some improvement, still seemed slightly out of sync with the rest of the team. Despite his efforts to force passes, Ohio State held firm and secured the victory with a 41-yard field goal, ending the game with a convincing 37-17 win over Maryland.

In a game filled with ups and downs, Ohio State ultimately showcased their resilience and determination, turning the tide in their favor and emerging victorious against a spirited Maryland team.

Kiley McFadden


October 7, 2023 at 4:00:00 PM

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