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the Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion leader in sacks, who was held out for the game while the NCAA in­ves­ti­gates a loan he re­ceived in 2018.

“They all wanted to show … this is a de­fense, this is … more than one per­son,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “They played with an edge and some­thing to prove, and any time our guys come out with some­thing to prove, we’re dan­ger­ous.”

Ohio State quar­ter­back Justin Fields, a Heis­man Tro­phy can­di­date, ran and passed for 228 to­tal yards and four touch­downs and did not play in the sec­ond half. Mas­ter Teague III led all rush­ers with 111 yards in relief of J.K. Dob­bins, who had 90 yards and two touch­downs be­fore he, too, sat out the sec­ond half as Day called off the dogs and used mostly re­serves.

“They have ex­plo­sive play­ers all over, and they did a great job to­day ex­e­cut­ing,” said Mary­land line­backer Ke­an­dre Jones, who trans­ferred from Ohio State last spring to play his fi­nal sea­son with the Terps.

Mary­land, which trailed 52-0 mid­way through the third quar­ter, scored on a 26-yard pass from Jack­son to Don­tay De­mus Jr. later in the quar­ter and on a 12-yard run by Tayon Fleet-Davis with 9:39 left in the game.

After Mary­land went three-and-out on the game’s open­ing pos­ses­sion, Ohio State needed less than two min­utes to cover 47 yards for its first touch­down, a 12-yard pass from Fields to Bin­ja­men Vic­tor.

After forc­ing an­other three-and-out, the Buck­eyes over­came two false-start penal­ties by re­ceivers to go 71 yards in 11 plays for a 14-0 lead. Fields had com­ple­tions of 23 and 33 yards in sec­ond-and­long sit­u­a­tions and capped the drive with a 4-yard keeper for the touch­down.

Ohio State re­claimed pos­ses­sion im­me­di­ately when Blake Haubeil pooched the en­su­ing kick­off and Chris Olave re­cov­ered at the Terps’ 42-yard line. The kick likely was pay­back for Mary­land pooching the kick­off after scor­ing on its first pos­ses­sion against Ohio State last

sea­son in Col­lege Park.

“We did the same thing to them and they came back and did it to us,” Terps kick­off re­turn man Javon Leake said. “It’s foot­ball. You’ve got to watch for plays like that.”

Un­de­terred by a 15-yard penalty for un­sports­man­like con­duct after the kick­off re­cov­ery, the Buck­eyes scored again on a 4-yard pass from Fields to K.J. Hill with 2:09 left in the quar­ter.

It was more of the same after that as Fields passed for a third touch­down and Dob­bins ran for two more in the sec­ond quar­ter. Ohio State called time­outs twice in the fi­nal 1:20 of the half to punch in its sixth touch­down.

Day said he was just play­ing ag­gres­sively, and Lock­sley had no is­sue with it.

“Ryan’s got to coach his team and I’ve got to coach mine,” Lock­sley said. “That’s part of the game. I take no of­fense to it.”

Mary­land’s first stop on de­fense came on the first pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond half, when Jones sacked backup quar­ter­back Chris Chugunov, caus­ing a fum­ble that was re­cov­ered by Terps line­backer Ayinde Eley.

Ohio State scored on six of its next eight pos­ses­sions after that.

“We’ve got a bye week com­ing up at a good time for us [to] get some guys healthy,” Lock­sley said. “We’ll put this game be­hind us and get ready for the last op­por­tu­nity for our se­niors at Mary­land Sta­dium.”

Ohio State’s Young, a ju­nior from Hy­attsville who at­tended Washington power DeMatha Catholic, was sus­pended in­def­i­nitely Fri­day by the univer­sity while it in­ves­ti­gates a “pos­si­ble NCAA is­sue” in­volv­ing him.

Young posted on his Twit­ter ac­count that he had ac­cepted “a loan from a fam­ily friend” in 2018 that he has re­paid. The amount of the loan was not dis­closed, nor was the “friend” iden­ti­fied.

Young had 13½ sacks through eight games and could be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft next spring if he leaves Ohio State early.

JAY LAPRETE/AP

Ohio State line­backer Pete Werner, left, tack­les Mary­land run­ning back An­thony McFar­land dur­ing the first half Satur­day.

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