Penn State 66, Maryland 3
The Nittany Lions closed out the regular season with the third straight high-scoring win, only this time the defense showed up, too. It can be said that they played a pretty complete game.
Understand that this was against Maryland, whose perineally (sic) smiling coach, D. J. Durkin, has guided the Terps to a 4-8 record this year. The competition now gets tougher, as bowl season is upon us.
Mike Gesicki made a memorable, highlight reel catch that thrilled not only us but also Matt Millen, who praised Gesicki (who still can’t block). However, Saquon Barkley didn’t have his anticipated field day, gaining only 77 yards, but scoring two touchdowns in the process.
Trace McSorley had a decent day 22-33 for 237 yards and two touchdowns. Tommy Stevens came in to show his stuff in the second half. Stevens was 3-7 passing, including one touchdown, but he also had 113 yards and three touchdowns rushing.
Penn State dominated that increasingly irrelevant statistic, Time of Poonssession, 37:31 to 22:29. Maryland, as usual, couldn’t convert third downs and were stuffed on three fourth-down attempts by the mighty Penn State defense. Even the PSU offensive line looked competent against the lesser foe, as the Lions racked up 534 yards to Maryland’s 303. They also out first-downed the Terps 28-11.
So, very nice, and with the shake-up at the top of the rankings plus the thrills and chills of the conference championships next week, the playoff and bowl picture is still muddled. I guess instead of speculating on a bowl venue for Penn State and being wrong, I’ll wait until the bids go out.
Thanks for hanging in here after the two losses! I’ll be posting some more when we find out who our bowl opponent will be.