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Chase Young makes a splash in return as Ohio State tops Penn State

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Chase Young makes a splash in return as Ohio State tops Penn State

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- J.K. Dobbins rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns and No. 2 Ohio State locked up the Big Ten East title Saturday, surviving its first real test of the season with a 28-17 victory over No. 9 Penn State.

The Buckeyes held on after Penn State (9-2, 7-2 Big Ten) took advantage of two second-half turnovers to climb back into the game in the third quarter after going down 21-0.

The Buckeyes (10-0, 8-0 Big Ten) were clinging to a 21-17 lead early in the fourth quarter when Justin Fields threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Chris Olave to create some breathing room.

The Ohio State defense, with Chase Young back from a two-game suspension, then shut down two late Penn State drives on fourth down. The last drive included back-to-back sacks of backup quarterback Will Levis by Young and linebacker Baron Browning.

Young, projected by most analysts to be a top-five pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, made a big statement in his return with three sacks, four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He entered the game with 13.5 sacks (second in the nation) and took over the Ohio State single-season record with this one in the first quarter.

The Redskins are likely to be in contention for the No. 1 pick and could be the team that selects Young if it does finish with the worst record in football.

Matt Weyrich contributed to this report.

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Ex-DeMatha coach, Maryland assistant tweets he didn't report Chase Young to NCAA

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Ex-DeMatha coach, Maryland assistant tweets he didn't report Chase Young to NCAA

Star Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was suspended for Saturday’s game against Maryland. That looked like fortuitous timing for the Terps, so much so that some people began to speculate as to whether it was a bit too fortuitous.

Young’s suspension stems from a loan he received from a family friend. Young is a native of Maryland and played football at DeMatha Catholic High School. The fact that a loan he received from a family friend suddenly became public right in time for the game against Young's hometown Terps did not seem like a coincidence. It also showed Ohio State's thorough dismantling of Maryland in a new light. Kicking an onside kick in the first quarter and rolling 70 points up on Maryland suddenly seemed to make sense. This game was personal.

You see where this is going, right? Some people began to connect the dots, including FOX Sports announcers Joel Klatt and Gus Johnson who were calling the game, and began speculating that someone involved with the Terps leaked the news of Young’s loan in order to make him ineligible for the Maryland game. This was personal for Ohio State.

Young’s former high school coach, Elijah Brooks, is now the running backs coach for the Terps. He took to Twitter on Tuesday to dispel rumors that he or anyone at Maryland was involved in leaking the information to the NCAA.

https://twitter.com/UMDCoachBrooks/status/1194464968625799169

Maryland played Ohio State closely last season, but in reality, the Buckeyes did not need Young to beat the Terps and that is not hindsight talking.

Had anyone from Maryland actually leaked info of the loan, it would have been embarrassingly petty and pointless. The Terps were never going to win that game.

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No. 24 Maryland uses second half run to take down Ohio State 72-62

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No. 24 Maryland uses second half run to take down Ohio State 72-62

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 19 points, Bruno Fernando had 14 points and 10 rebounds and No. 24 Maryland defeated Ohio State 72-62 Saturday to remain unbeaten at home in the Big Ten.

The Terrapins (21-7, 12-5) used a 13-0 run to take a 52-36 lead. Although the margin dwindled to two points with 5:27 left, Maryland held on to improve to 14-2 at home, including 7-0 in the conference.

With three Big Ten games left, including two at home, the Terrapins are in fourth place and in position to secure a double bye in the conference tournament.

Fernando scored all of his points after halftime, and reserve freshman Serrel Smith Jr. contributed a career-high 14 points for Maryland. Despite a slow start, Fernando secured his ninth double-double in his last 10 games.

Duane Washington Jr. scored 15 and Andre Wesson had 13 for Ohio State (17-10, 7-9). The Buckeyes have lost three of four and nine of their last 14.

Maryland led 39-36 before Fernando scored six points and Cowan added five in the pivotal 13-0 spree.

Fernando started the surge with a three-point play, Smith hit a jumper and Cowan followed with a 3-pointer. After Ohio State missed its seventh straight shot, Cowan was fouled on an attempt from beyond the arc and sank two from the line.

Fernando capped the run with a foul shot and a short jumper.

The Buckeyes stormed back, getting points from five different players in a 19-5 spurt that made it 57-55.

Then it was Maryland's turn. Smith was fouled on a shot from beyond the arc and made all three free throws. Darryl Morsell followed with a pair of foul shots, and Aaron Wiggins capped the 7-0 run with a dunk off a pass from Fernando, who had snagged the rebound of a miss by Morsell.

That was enough to assure the Terrapins of a series sweep of the Buckeyes. The Terps won at Ohio State 75-61 on Jan. 18.

Cowan scored 10 points to stake Maryland to a 33-28 halftime lead. The Terrapins missed five of their first six shots before going 12 for 18 with four 3-pointers.

Fernando missed both his shots and collected only four rebounds in nearly 18 minutes of play.

POOR ENCORE

Coming off a 22-point performance against Northwestern, Ohio State's 6-foot-9 sophomore Kaleb Wesson was limited to seven points on 3 for 12 shooting. He came in averaging a team-high 14.7 points.

AYALA AILING

Maryland starting guard Eric Ayala left in the first half and did not return after scoring five points in 10 minutes. A team official said the freshman "was not feeling well."

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State: The Buckeyes are sinking fast after losing only once before 2019. They shot 35 percent in the second half and 36.5 percent for the game.

Maryland: The Terrapins keep surprising foes in the Big Ten. Despite relying heavily on freshmen, Maryland remains in the upper tier of the conference and might be tough to beat in the Big Ten Tournament.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: Hosts Iowa on Tuesday night, the rematch of a game won by the Hawkeyes 72-62 last month.

Maryland: Faces Penn State on Wednesday night. The Terps beat the Nittany Lions 66-59 on Dec. 1.

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