Maryland made a change at quarterback against Ohio State, playing the Perry Hills card once again but playing it in a different way.
The Terrapins dusted off the old C.J. Brown playbook, utilizing Hills as a dual-threat quarterback who used the passing game as a supplement instead of the driving force for the offense. It worked for a good portion of the game, with Maryland able to pull even, 21-21, midway through the third quarter against the Buckeyes.
It even became a point of emphasis for Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer during his weekly radio show on Thursday on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus.
“The quarterback had 140 yards in scrambling, you know, and that drives you insane,” he said. “That’s a defensive tackle getting out of line, missing a tackle.
“The one long one was we were in quarters and the whole field spread open because they ran the corner routes and guy ran right down the middle of the field, so we’re very leary of that, but we are playing solid defense.”
Maryland needs to be cautious about the number of hits that Hills takes, but the basic offensive plan seems to be strong. Interim head coach Mike Locksley reiterated this week that the team needs to build its game plan around the personnel it has instead of trying to mold its personnel to fit a game plan.
The result is a more versatile offense that is able to hold possession of the football, which in turn helps the defense and keeps it from being on the field for long stretches.
“Stabilizing the quarterback position first and foremost was the most important thing for us to do and what you saw [Saturday] was a byproduct of us stabilizing it,” Locksley said.
“Because of the skill set that Perry brings to the program and to our offense, we have to build it around that.”