Ohio State vs. MARYLAND SCORE, TAKEAWAYS: Dalen Hayden power no. 2 Buckeyes past upset Terps

No. 2 Ohio State survived a late scare by Maryland, winning 43-30 to improve to 11-0 and set up a grueling matchup against No. 3 Michigan on Nov. 26. Although the Buckeyes trailed 13-10 at halftime, they used a 17-0 run in the third quarter and late in the fourth quarter — despite an all-out effort by the Terrapins — to stay undefeated.

The Terps got a great performance from quarterback Dauliia Tagovailoa, who completed 26 of 36 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Tagovailoa hit nine different pass catchers.

Maryland had one final drive to take the lead with less than a minute left, but a fumble return in the end zone allowed Tagovailoa to clear a pair of sacks for a touchdown.

With the pass game sputtering, Ohio State turned to freshman running back Dallon Haden down the stretch. Haden rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns, leading a crucial 88-yard scoring drive to give Ohio State control of the game. Quarterback CJ Stroud was inconsistent, completing just 18 of 30 passes for 241 yards and touchdowns. Two of OSU’s second-half touchdowns were powered by a blocked punt and a long kickoff return.

The win ensures that next week’s matchup against Michigan will be a battle of 11-0 programs hoping to earn a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game. The winner almost punches a ticket to the College Football Playoff.

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