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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