Welcome to the Thursday Skull Session.
Here’s a fun fact to start your day: The previous two times Ohio State and Michigan played at Maryland the week before The Game, that team was the eventual winner of the rivalry matchup – the Buckeyes in 2018 and the Wolverines in 2021. Ohio State faces Maryland this weekend. Will the trend continue for a third straight time?
Only time will tell.
Let’s have a good Thursday, shall we?
FOUR YEARS AGO. On Nov. 17, 2018, Ohio State was a completion from Maryland quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome to wide receiver Jeshaun Jones away from losing to the Terrapins, 53-52, in overtime at SECU Stadium. That result would have warranted an “Ohio State Buckeyes… What happened?” video from TikTok star James Droz afterward if it had happened today.
Ohio State SURVIVES after Maryland fails to connect on a 2-point conversion pic.twitter.com/cWXgVtNEqc
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 17, 2018
However, Pigrome’s throw landed outside the outstretched arm of Jones, and Ohio State left College Park with a one-point win, avoiding what would have been one of the most stunning upsets in college football that season.
The primary reason for the Buckeyes’ success against the Terrapins that year was the late Dwayne Haskins. A Maryland native, he threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns and added three more scores on the ground. After Haskins’ untimely death in April, Ryan Day said that game was Haskins’ best performance as a Buckeye – one that proved his growth as a quarterback and leader of the team.
After Dwayne Haskins’ tragic death in April, Ryan Day said his favorite game Haskins played was vs. Maryland in 2018.
The Buckeyes won 52-51 in OT. Haskins threw for 405 yards + 3 TDs and ran for 3 TDs.
Ohio State returns to Maryland this week for the first time in four years. pic.twitter.com/sgpus72Prh
— Chase Brown (@chaseabrown__) November 16, 2022
Haskins will likely be on every Ohio State coach and player’s mind as they walk off the bus, go through warmups and face off against Maryland. I know he will be on mine as I watch them play.
EL GUAPO. On Wednesday, Ohio State on BTN posted an “On This Date” video for Nov. 16 and featured clips of Carlos Hyde’s five-touchdown performance against Illinois in 2013. He also collected 246 yards on 24 carries and 26 yards from two catches.
Carlos Hyde was on one #OTD in 2013.
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) November 16, 2022
Big Ten Network producer Brent Yarina quickly pointed out on Twitter that Hyde’s 2013 season is slept on these days. When looking at his statistics from that year, it’s pretty clear that’s the case.