Although the Maryland Terrapins came into Happy Valley as a three-point favorite in Las Vegas casinos, Penn State ignored the “experts” opinions and hammered away at the previously-undefeated team all afternoon long en route to a 38-14 victory.
State now has a small winning streak of two games in a row after having dispatched of Minnesota at home on the first Saturday in October. They also have a two-game streak of beating undefeated opponents. They will have a chance to best an undefeated conference opponent at home once more when Ohio State comes to town for a game a week from Saturday.
Saturday’s game was close throughout a competitive first half until Maryland quarterback Perry Hills went down with an injury. Trace McSorley and running back Saquan Barkley took over from there. Barkley racked up 202 yards on the ground via 31 carries, and McSorley tucked the ball and ran 18 times for a total of 81 yards. Impressively, Penn State was able to stop the seemingly unstoppable Maryland rushing attack, holding the leading rusher to 76 yards and the entire team to just 170 – 130 yards short of their average coming in. Wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins made some wonderful catches that totaled a 91 yard day.
PSU has both a bye week and even more momentum as they build toward what is easily the biggest game of their season against the #2-ranked Buckeyes. The Nittany Lions outgained Maryland 524 yards to 270, and dominated the time of possession and flow of the game by gaining 28 first downs compared to Maryland’s meager 11.
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