If you'd asked us which game in this week's slate of College Football we thought would be the best, you would have been hard pressed to find someone who would have said Ohio State vs. Maryland.
But here we are in Week 12!
Before the season started if you asked me if it was possible for OSU to lose to Maryland I would have laughed in your face— Rides (@ryan_rider15) November 17, 2018
I mean, OSU has looked bad the last few weeks, and Maryland has been in the headlines more for what's been happening off the field than on it. But thanks to a spectacular game on the ground from Maryland running back Anthony McFarland Jr., and some incredibly gutsy play from Buckeyes QB Dwayne Haskins and Terps QB Tyrrell Pigrome, OSU's victory in a 52-51 OT thriller was an instant classic.
Maryland and OSU playing some Big 12 football today— Shea (@norlingshea) November 17, 2018
The Terps jumped ahead early after two long McFarland TDs, but Ohio State battled back. Maryland regained a 14-point lead on a pick-six on the first drive of the second half, but the craziness was only just getting started.
Update: Maryland RB Anthony McFarland has 214 rush yards vs OSU. There is more than 40 minutes left in the game.— Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) November 17, 2018
The final FIVE drives of regulation all ended in touchdowns. A Haskins TD pass answered by one from Pigrome. A Haskins run, followed by one from McFarland with 1:41 remaining to put the Terrapins up 45-38.
ANTHONY MCFARLAND FUMBLED IT INTO THE END ZONE AND CHIG OKONKWO RECOVERED IT FOR A TOUCHDOWN AND MARYLAND LEADS 45-38 WIITH 1:41 LEFT pic.twitter.com/VviWZC6SXK— Jared Goldstein (@_jgoldy17) November 17, 2018
Haskins then led the Buckeyes down the field, finding Binjimen Victor for the game-tying TD with 40 ticks left.
Haskins finds Victor for tying TD in final minute https://t.co/2hsvFR3Qlr— BigTimeFootball® (@BigTimeFootball) November 17, 2018
Haskins' heroics continued with a TD run on the first drive of overtime -- one which included a key 4th-down conversion on a pass from Haskins to Rashod Berry.
The Ohio State #Buckeyes convert on 4th and 1 on OT. Dwayne Haskins Jr caps off the drive with another rushing touchdown making it the 6th TD he's responsible for and his 3rd rushing TD! #CollegeFootball #CFB #OhioState @CFBPlayoff #UMDvsOSU #Terps #Maryland pic.twitter.com/yzkkbqyN65— Swapty Sports (@SwaptySports) November 17, 2018
What happened next? What else: Maryland answered with a McFarland run down to the one-yard line. Tayon Fleet-Davis punched it in on the next play, but a rushed two-point conversion attempt for the win saw Pigrome firing just wide of his wide open receiver, bringing one of the best underdog performances we've seen in a long time to a bitter, disappointing end.
What a game.— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 17, 2018
After a THRILLER in College Park, Maryland loses 51-52 to Ohio State after missing a wide open two point conversion.pic.twitter.com/s3DvKbqtFi
They may have lost, but Maryland should hold their heads high. They played a hell of a game, despite all the turmoil they've gone through this season, and came within inches of beating a great Ohio State team.
As for the Buckeyes? If this showed anything, it's that this team is clutch, resilient, and has no business being in the College Football Playoff if they're going to be giving up 51 points to an inferior opponent -- no matter what happens at Michigan next week.