COLLEGE PARK – The Maryland Terrapins football team was on the brink of pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the college football this weekend as they led no. 9 Ohio State all game long on Nov. 17.
However, their attempts of a shocking victory were unsuccessful as the Buckeyes pulled away in overtime with a 52-51 win.
After running back Tayon Fleet-Davis scored a 1-yard touchdown on Maryland’s overtime possession, interim Head Coach Matt Canada elected to go for the two-point conversion and a possible victory.
Maryland quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome ran out of the pocket, looking for wide receiver Jeshawn Jones but his pass was overthrown, ending the game.
The result masked the performance by redshirt freshman Anthony McFarland.
The DeMatha Catholic High School alum ran for a career-best 298 yards and scored two touchdowns, both coming off of huge runs of more than 75 yards in the first quarter. McFarland’s excellent start gave Maryland an early advantage against their highly-ranked opponents.
Maryland went up by two touchdowns after Pigrome connected with freshman wide receiver Dontay Demus for a 56-yard pass reception, setting up a 36-yard field goal.
Senior RaVon Davis’s 30-yard interception return for a touchdown kept Maryland in a prime position for the upset. After Ohio State tied the game, Jones caught a 27-yard touchdown pass that gave the Terps the lead once again midway through the fourth quarter.
However, quarterback Dwayne Haskins, a Potomac native and former Maryland commit, fueled Ohio State’s comeback hopes as he threw for 405 yards, rushed for 59 more and scored six of the team’s seven touchdowns. He ran in a five-yard score in the overtime period which gave Ohio State its first lead of the whole contest.
It was the first overtime game in Maryland Stadium since a 38-35 win over James Madison in 2009. The Terrapins will now have to win at Penn State on Nov. 24 to be eligible for a bowl game this postseason.