Posted by Buckeye D | Posted in College football news | Posted on 23-11-2016


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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ohio State seems to be getting into a rut — the good kind that can lead to championships.

J.T. Barrett accounted for four touchdowns, Curtis Samuel scored three TDs and No. 5 Buckeyes enjoyed another 62-3 rout — this time, against Maryland on Saturday.

After beating then-No. 10 Nebraska by the identical score last week, Ohio State poured it on against the Terrapins, going up 21-3 after the first quarter and 45-3 at halftime.

“It’s just that time of year where you’re getting closer to the playoffs and championship games,” Samuel said. “We know we’ve got to step it up. We’ve got to come out here every day and give it our all, put up numbers.”

Unlike last week, this blowout was no surprise because it came against a struggling team with quarterback issues and a porous defense. But playing well in November is what counts, no matter the level of the competition.

“That’s where you really hang your hat on for the season,” Barrett said. “We try to do our best in those games.”

Ohio State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 6 AP) has won three straight to remain in contention for the Big Ten title and, more importantly, a berth in the College Football Playoff.

“We know exactly what’s coming down the road,” coach Urban Meyer said.

Maryland (5-5, 2-5) lost 59-3 to Michigan last week and has allowed 163 points during a three-game losing streak.

“Back to back weeks when the game got away from us early,” coach DJ Durkin lamented. “Obviously, the level of competition the past couple weeks factors in, but we’ve kind of lost our way ourselves.”

With Barrett and Samuel leading the way, the Buckeyes eliminated any potential drama by scoring touchdowns on three of their four possessions in the first quarter.

Samuel got things started with a 2-yard touchdown run. Barrett then took it in from 4 and added a 36-yard TD pass to Samuel.

In between, the Buckeyes punted for the first time two weeks. Also, backup quarterback Caleb Rowe led the Terps to a field goal. But even that was disappointing because Maryland failed to get into the end zone after a 37-yard completion produced a first down at the Ohio State 3.

Rowe took over for Perry Hills, who was injured at the end of Maryland’s second drive. Rowe proved ineffective and was replaced in the second half by true freshman Tyrrell Pigrome.

Barrett made it 28-3 with a 1-yard run early in the second quarter and Samuel got his third touchdown around right end from the 5.

Meyer replaced Barrett during a third-quarter drive that ended with a TD for a 55-3 lead. Barrett ran for two touchdowns, threw two scoring passes and finished 18-for-27 for 253 yards.

Samuel ran for 38 yards and caught five passes for 74 yards. Freshman Mike Weber carried 12 times for 93 yards.


This blowout victory, combined with No. 2 Clemson losing to Pittsburgh, should boost the Buckeyes up a notch or two in both the AP poll and the CFP.


Ohio State: The Buckeyes are gaining momentum heading into the most important part of the season. The offense has been unstoppable over the past two weeks and the defense limited Maryland to 176 yards and 10 first downs. With one defeat, Ohio State can’t afford to slip up as it heads toward a Nov. 26 showdown with No. 3 Michigan, the undefeated East Division leader.

Maryland: After opening 4-0, the Terrapins are now a .500 team still in search of the sixth win needed to become bowl eligible. Maryland can’t seem to keep Hills healthy and has come unglued defensively this month.


The Terrapins announced the suspension of three players before the game, including running back Lorenzo Harrison, who leads the team with five rushing touchdowns.

Number 10 goes down to Young Bucks

Posted by Buckeye D | Posted in College football news | Posted on 06-11-2016


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Urban Meyer seemed to be feeling pretty good about his team in the week leading up to Ohio State’s game against Nebraska.

Despite three previous weeks of tight games — including a stinging loss — spotty offense and a general lack of “explosiveness,” the Buckeyes coach exuded confidence.

“No, I’ve been going to acting school,” Meyer said. “I was a mess.”

The Buckeyes expected another tight tussle with the 10th-ranked Huskers. Instead, they scored one of the most dominant victories in the storied history of the program.

Curtis Samuel had 178 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard touchdown reception on Ohio State’s first play of the second half, and the sixth-ranked Buckeyes pounded Nebraska 62-3 on Saturday night.

“There was a sense of urgency about everything we did,” defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “If somebody made a mistake in practice we did that rep. It was just intense focus all week long.”

The Buckeyes (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten, No. 6 AP) scored more points than Ohio State ever has against a top-10 team and handed the Cornhuskers (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten, No. 9 AP) their most lopsided loss since 2004.

“I didn’t see this one coming,” Meyer said. “It is a little relief to know that right now I saw some explosiveness that we kind of have been lacking in some positions.”

Damon Webb got it started with a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown on Nebraska’s first drive of the game. J.T. Barrett led three long touchdown drives, including a 15-play, 85-yarder that ended with 1-yard jump TD pass to Samuel with 3 seconds left in the half.

“Everything was clicking. The run game. The pass game,” Samuel said. “Everything was going great tonight.”

The Cornhuskers were playing as a top-10 team in November for the first time since 2010, but proved to still be a long way from the elites in the Big Ten. Nebraska is still in the Big Ten West race, but a loss to Wisconsin last week means the Huskers will need help.

“That was real bad, and we’re all responsible for it, and Ohio State played really well,” Nebraska coach Mike Riley said.

Nebraska lost quarterback Tommy Armstrong to a scary head injury in the second quarter, when the senior slammed the side of his helmet on the turf after being knocked out of bounds. Armstrong was taken from the stadium in an ambulance, but returned to the sideline in sweats in the third quarter.

Riley said it was too early to determine Armstrong’s status for next week.

Ryker Fyfe relieved Armstrong and finished 5 for 18 for 52 yards.


Nebraska: The Cornhuskers rode a fairly easy first-half schedule into the top 10 and gave their fans some hope that maybe they could be in the mix for a College Football Playoff spot down the stretch. Not happening. The loss was the Huskers’ most lopsided since a 70-10 beating by Texas Tech in 2004. Year Two under Riley for the Huskers represents a step forward, not a giant leap.

“The game came out of the blue to me,” Riley said.

Ohio State: Meyer has answered so many questions about getting the ball to Samuel more often over the last few weeks that he has been chuckling at them. Whether it was by design or not, Samuel had his best game since the opener against Bowling Green, getting 13 touches by the middle of the third quarter. By then no more were needed.

“Coach Meyer knows what he’s doing,” Samuel said. “He’s going to get me the ball the number of times he feels the need to. I just need to take advantage of the opportunities get for myself.”


Webb’s pick-six was Ohio State’s fifth of the season, setting a school record. In the third quarter, Malik Hooker added another one from 48 yards out.


Nebraska: The Huskers are likely to plummet when the new AP rankings come out Sunday and the playoff rankings are updated Tuesday.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes were impressive enough to at least consider having them jump ahead of undefeated Washington in both the AP and playoff rankings.

Ugly ….. but a win

Posted by Buckeye D | Posted in College football news | Posted on 30-10-2016


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The growing pains didn’t hit Ohio State right away.

Even though the Buckeyes escaped in their latest nail-biter, the inexperience all over the roster is now clearly creating some issues. What looked like a simple reloading job for a legitimate national-title contender in September has instead become a struggle for conference survival by the end of October.

The Buckeyes did make the plays they needed to down the stretch in the 24-20 win over Northwestern on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. And while a shaky performance in an upset loss on the road to Penn State last week could have been excused for the hostile environment and the fluky nature of two blocked kicks, Ohio State is starting to show signs of vulnerability.

The Buckeyes’ passing attack continues to lack much explosiveness down the field. The offensive line showed some cracks again in protection and didn’t consistently blow up rushing lanes the way Urban Meyer has grown accustomed to since arriving on campus. And outside of Noah Brown, the wideouts still haven’t found a way to consistently make an impact.

However, there were flashes of the early-season Buckeyes on Saturday. J.T. Barrett produced three consecutive scoring drives to open the game, Curtis Samuel is a matchup nightmare when the football is in his hands and the defense is still stout enough to keep the team in any game.

But, at least in comparison to the program’s chief rival, Ohio State is limping into the final month of the season. The Buckeyes are trying to rediscover the spark that sent them shooting up to No. 2 in Week 4, and Michigan is surging along with a perfect record. The Wolverines have their eyes on a chance to regain some bragging rights and win the Big Ten on Nov. 26.

The Game is still almost a month away. And right now, that might be the most encouraging thing for Ohio State as it tries to find some medicine for its growing pains.