There HAS to be a plan B if the big-play nature of this offense isn’t working. If the pass isn’t working, how can we implement the run game? How can we get the ball into the hands of the plethora of skill position guys we have for RAC (Run after catch) opportunities? These were all questions that the terps didn’t have answers to on Friday night. While this Ohio State defense isn’t as robust on the pass as they’ve been in past years, they’re still Ohio State. Rakim Jarrett, Jeshaun Jones, and the rest of the receiving corps will need to replace the ability to stretch the field that Dontay Demus Jr provided this offense. The big-play ability is still there, though.
Stop the run…Stop the run…Stop the run…Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? The terrapins will have another chance to do just that in Columbus. TreVon Henderson’s first tour through the Big 10 has been spectacular. He’s also been saving the Buckeye’s bacon (along with upperclassman Master Teague) while the Ohio State passing game has been experiencing growing pains. Saturday is a prime opportunity for this defense to regain the form it showed during their first four games. That starts and ends with limiting the ground game. Down and distance situations will again figure big in just how effective the terrapin defense can be on the road.