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.
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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Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.