COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Perry Hills started his third game of the season at quarterback for Maryland vs. Ohio State and his first since Week 2 against Bowling Green.
Here are CSN’s takeaways from the first half.
1) Opening up the playbook
With Caleb Rowe or Daxx Garman under center the past few weeks, Maryland’s playbook has been limited to plays from inside the pocket. Perry Hills brings some mobility, which allows Maryland to open things up.
Early on, there were a lot of bootlegs and rollouts in an attempt to shift the Ohio State defense around and spread them out. Success was not overwhelming, but it was a different look.
2) And then the early strike
Hills had been benched previously because he could not get the ball down the field. Well in the first quarter on Saturday, a nice play-action call out of a timeout freed up wide receiver D.J. Moore over the top and Hills hit him with a 52-yard strike for a touchdown.
Hills ran down the field to celebrate, arms raised, and it gave Maryland an early gust of wind in their sails to begin the game on the road.
3) Ohio State adjusts
After that big strike, Hills struggled to find his receivers. Aside from the 52-yard touchdown, he was 1-of-10 the rest of the half for 10 yards.
There was undoubtedly more life to the offense with Hills under center than there has been the last two weeks under Rowe or Garman, but that doesn’t mean it was necessarily spectacular.
Maryland managed just over 100 yards of total offense in the game against Michigan. It had 197 yards by the half, aided by a late 75-yard Hills run.
4) But those legs
Hills surprised many near the end of the half by breaking through the gut of the defense for a 75-yard run, turning a drive that seemed to be a routine end-of-the-half clock bleed into a scoring drive that made it 21-14 at the break.
Halftime Hills Stats: 2-of-11, 62 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT | 9 carries, 97 yards, 1 TD