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Ohio State-Maryland: 5 things you need to know


Ohio State-Maryland: 5 things you need to know

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- If this is the final game that Randy Edsall coaches at the University of Maryland, it will go down as, in many ways, the opposite of the types of games that over a period of years added to the displeasure felt within the program’s fan base.

Against the nation’s No. 1 team, Maryland showed up and competed for nearly four entire quarters despite a crowd of 107,869 almost unanimously against them at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

But the strength and talent of the Buckeyes eventually overcame Maryland after it held its ground for as long as it could in a 49-28 Ohio State victory.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) Perry Hills start at QB and makes a splash early

Maryland opened the playbook to begin Saturday’s game. Off a play-action pass in the first quarter, Hills found wide receiver D.J. Moore for a 52-yard strike to make it 7-0 Maryland.

With Hills under center, Maryland experimented much more with rollouts and bootlegs -- something they couldn’t do with Caleb Rowe over the past three weeks.

He finished 10-of-27 for 133 yards with one touchdown and two late interceptions.

2) Keeping it competitive before the half

With the score at 21-7 -- and with the game looking like it would go into the half as such -- Hills ripped off a 75-yard run up the gut that gashed the Ohio State defense. He would score thereafter to make it 21-14.

That scoring drive came right after a missed Ohio State field goal that could have made it 24-7. Instead, the momentum was skewed toward the Terrapins, which set up the drive coming out of the half.  


3) Tied up

Down a touchdown coming out of the half, Hills led another touchdown drive to begin the third quarter, aided by a personal foul penalty on Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa.

The drive included a reverse and a run by cornerback Will Likely. Yes, cornerback Will Likely. The game was tied, 21-21.

4) The tide turns

After Maryland tied it up, Ohio State began to dig deeper into the playbook, with the running game not really aiding the Buckeye offense.

Cardale Jones found Jalin Marshall for a 48-yard touchdown to make it 28-21. On a subsequent drive, they involved running back Ezekiel Elliott in the passing game and chipped away in 10-yard chunks for another touchdown to make it 35-21.

5) On Ohio State: Ezekiel Elliott continues his mastery, despite “slow” game

Maryland, by and large, kept Ohio State’s star running back in check. That, in comparison to the 274 yards he put up last week against Indiana, which included three touchdown runs of 55 yards or more.

On Saturday, Elliott reached the 100-yard mark for the 11th straight game but averaged only close to five yards in getting there.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.


Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.


Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss


Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.


"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.


Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."


Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.