Maryland Pulls off Upset in Happy Valley

The Penn State Nittany Lions (0-3) invited the Maryland Terrapins (2-1) into Happy Valley. Unfortunately for Penn State, the Valley wasn’t happy after Maryland pulled off an impressive, 35-19 victory. Maryland pulls off upset in Happy Valley.

The Nittany Lions came in as a 25 point favorites so the outcome was shocking and unexpected. Maryland has a budding superstar quarterback in the presence of Taulia Tagovailca. He put up impressive numbers with 17 for 25, 282 yards, and 3 touchdowns.

Counterpart, Sean Clifford had a rough day with 2 interceptions and a fumble. Clifford put the ball in the air 57 times but only completed 27 for 340 yards.

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Maryland owned the first quarter and quickly scored off a 42-yard reception by Rakim Jarrett with less than three minutes played. With just 9 ticks left on the clock, Tagovailca and Jarrett (5 receptions for 144 yards and the two first-quarter touchdowns) to end the first with the Terps biting, 14-0. Jake Funk (16 carries for 80 yards and a score) pushed it to 21-0.

Penn State would then unleash a 10 play 75-yard scoring drive capped off by a 20 yard Clifford to Jahan Dotson (9 catches for 123 yards) and PSU had life. With:45 to play in the half, Dontay Demus hauled in another Tagovailca pass, this one for 34 yards to push it to 28-7.

The back-breaker came when Clifford was hit and fumbled which resulted in a Chance Campbell recovery and a 34-yard scamper to all but ice it. Clifford tried to jumpstart a comeback with a pair of touchdown tosses to Parker Washington (70 yards on 8 catches with the pair of touchdowns). That resulted in Penn State getting as close as they would get and Maryland walked off as 35-19 upset winners.

Penn State got dominated at the line and allowed seven sacks. PSU travels to Nebraska next week in hopes of righting their ship.

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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