Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
There have been some memorable moments in College Park, and there have been some regrettably forgettable ones! One of those certainly came on the national stage tonight as they put up an almost non-existent performance against a much stronger Penn State team.
Some will say the final score doesn’t reflect what Maryland really did tonight and some will say this program has a long way to go before they are truly ready to play in the Big Ten with any confidence that they are going to come out and take care of business. This 59-0 score is just downright trash… like the one you can’t stand anymore.
Penn State scored on six of its seven first-half drives, establishing a 38-0 lead. The circumstances sent many of Maryland’s black-clad faithful toward the exits at intermission, as the Terps underwhelmed at every turn and PSU kept pushing.
Nittany Lions Quarterback Sean Clifford led the way, completing 26-of-31 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns. He added 54 rushing yards, including a nine-yard score on Penn State’s first offensive play of the night.
“Penn State is a very good football team,” said Terps Head Coach Mike Locksley. “We made quite a few mistakes that gave them a chance to capitalize and they found ways to do that.”
It was the largest margin of defeat for Maryland since a 66-3 loss at home to No. 10 Penn State to end the 2017 season. With the defeat, the Terps haven’t scored a touchdown against the Nittany Lions since then-freshman quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome’s 7-yard run in the second quarter of a 38-14 road loss in 2016, a stretch of 14 quarters.