It’s almost getting silly how many games are being canceled of late, as our first Big Ten tilt this weekend is off the board as the No. 3-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will not play the surging Maryland Terrapins on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET in College Park. And it is Covid-19 cases amongst the Maryland Terrapins that are the issue.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland Football will pause all team-related activities due to an elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the Terrapin’s program. The Ohio State game scheduled for Saturday, November 14 has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.
The joint decision to pause football activities and cancel Saturday’s game was made by Director of Athletics Damon Evans and University of Maryland President Darryll Pines, following a recommendation from University health officials, and in consultation with the Big Ten Conference. Over the past seven days, eight football players have tested positive for COVID-19.
”There is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” Evans said. “We realize that this news is disappointing to all of the Maryland fans out there who were looking forward to the Terps taking on an outstanding Ohio State team, but the responsible thing for us to do is pause football activities, given the number of positive cases currently in our program.”
”We’re obviously extremely disappointed that we’ll be unable to host Ohio State this Saturday,” said head coach Michael Locksley. “It was an opportunity that our team was preparing for and excited about. However, we have and always will keep our players, coaches and staffs safety at the forefront of our decision making process. We’ll continue to operate as much as we can virtually as we monitor the situation in hopes of returning to play when it’s deemed safe.”
Since the game will also not be rescheduled, an Ohio State team competing to play in the College Football Playoff will lose a data point on their resume. The undefeated Buckeyes (3-0) were coming into this weekend’s matchup off of a 49-27 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Dual-threat quarterback Justin Fields continued to add to his Heisman Trophy resume, with 24 completions on 28 attempts with 314 yards and five touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown. Through three games this season, the junior quarterback has thrown 11 touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Terps (2-1) defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 35-19 in State College last Saturday. Maryland freshman quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa had another tremendous performance, completing 18-of-26 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns.