The Terps tied the game with less than two minutes left before allowing the game-ending field goal.
The Buckeyes' receiver finished with a season high eight catches and 163 yards with Tarheeb Still, the Terps' top corner, out.
The Terps will only have to travel to the West coast once per year to play each of the conference's four new teams — Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington.
The Terps played the Buckeyes close for the first time since 2018 last year and have another chance for a monumental program win on Saturday.
Taulia Tagovailoa scored all six of the Terps' touchdowns.
The Terps have not met their standard in any of the wins, per the coach.
The Terps built on an early lead to top the Spartans, moving past their slow starts that defined previous games.
Roman Hemby, Colby McDonald and Antwain Littleton II have powered the Terps' efficient run game.
The Terps forced four turnovers after halftime in another dominant defensive effort.
The Terps deploy a collection of defensive lineman and linebackers with versatility to play multiple positions.