That decision would come back to haunt them, as the pass was incomplete in the end zone, helping the Buckeyes escape with their 10th win of the season. Terrapins quarterback Tyrell Pigome had Jeshaun Jones wide open, but the pass was too far ahead of the intended receiver. Either way, it was a valiant effort by Maryland, who was 14.5-point underdogs, yet put up 535 yards of total offense against a playoff contender.
The Terrapins held a 14-point lead as late as the third quarter, and then held a 45-38 lead with under two minutes left in regulation. Dwayne Haskins was able to find Binjimen Victor for a three-yard score with 40 seconds left in the fouth quarter to force overtime. Maryland was unable to put any type of drive together in the final seconds of regulation, as Pigome was sacked twice to end the fourth.
Haskins also scored on a five-yard run in overtime, putting his team ahead for good, which was their first lead of the day. Maryland needed just 50 seconds to get on the board, as Anthony McFarland recorded an 81-yard score to jump ahead and keep the Buckeyes on their heels. He was able to do that for most of the afternoon, running for 298 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
Haskins put together his usual numbers with 405 yards and three touchdowns to overcome an interception, as the Buckeyes now move on to battle the Michigan Wolverines next week for a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game. Meanwhile, the Terrapins will end their season with another tough test, this one on the road, against 14th-ranked Penn State.