Less than five minutes into Saturday's game at No. 10 Ohio State, Maryland was down 14-0. Visions of last year's 62-3 loss in College Park materialized like a recurring nightmare for Terps fans.
Then Ty Johnson returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit in half.
Defensive end Chandler Burkett blocked a field-goal attempt and later recovered a fumble in Ohio State territory.
But the Terps (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) never got any closer than 14-7 after Johnson's kickoff return, and never took advantage of Ohio State's special teams breakdowns and their own big plays.
It was simple: the offense couldn't budge the Buckeyes off the line of scrimmage, and sophomore quarterback Max Bortenschlager struggled mightily until getting knocked out of the game after a late hit in the third quarter.
By halftime, the deficit was 41-7 in what became a 62-14 defeat that seemed every bit as bad as the game a year ago.
The struggles of Bortenschlager to find his receivers soon enough and get the ball out quick enough, along with breakdowns on the offensive line, led to yet another Maryland meltdown against Ohio State (5-1, 3-0).
The Terps began the game with an ill-conceived flea flicker from Johnson to Bortenschlager, who was sacked before any of his receivers could get open.
It continued with defensive end Nick Bosa getting by left tackle Derwin Gray and causing Bortenschlager to fumble before he could throw, with the Buckeyes scoring a touchdown after the recovery.
Despite Ohio State losing its best cover corner, junior Denzel Ward, on a targeting call early in the game, Bortenschlager didn't complete a pass until late in the first half.
The struggles for Bortenschlager ended when he was knocked out of the game late in the third quarter after taking a hit after sliding to the ground – an elbow right under his facemask by freshman cornerback Damon Arnette, who was also ejected for targeting.
Bortenschlager, who completed 18 of 28 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns while not getting sacked against Minnesota, was 3 for 12 for 16 yards, fumbled twice and was sacked four times.
He was replaced by redshirt junior Caleb Henderson, who got his first action since transferring last year from North Carolina.
The Terps, who rushed for 262 yards in last week's 31-24 road win at Minnesota, wound up with 50 yards. Johnson, who had 130 yards on 18 carries against the Golden Gophers, finished with 57 yards (35 on one play) on 12 attempts.