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[Live Blog] Penn State vs. Maryland

Good afternoon, Penn State fans! The Nittany Lions (4-3) will face Maryland for the 38th time today in Beaver Stadium, meeting on the field for the first time in 21 years. Penn State is looking to halt a three-game losing streak after nearly defeating the No. 13 Buckeyes last weekend in double-overtime. Maryland (5-3) is coming off a 52-7 beatdown at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers, but the Terrapins maintain a 2-2 record and sit third in the East division in their first season as a member of the Big Ten. 

We will have updates throughout the game on this page, including game analysis, photos, and more. Here’s the media information you’ll need, and here’s our staff’s game predictions.

Final: Maryland beats Penn State for only the second time in school history. Series now stands 35-2-1 in favor of the Nittany Lions.

0:23 4Q: Fumble on the quarterback sneak on 4th and 1 from the PSU 27. Penn State recovers, but that’s all she wrote. Maryland can bleed the clock with a kneel down.

0:51 4Q: Craddock nails a 43-yard field goal to give Maryland a 20-19 lead.

1:01 4Q: Huge third down play coming up. Penn State needs a stop to force a field goal attempt.

2:08 4Q: Maryland sets up shop at the PSU 40 after three Akeel Lynch runs go nowhere. UMD already in field goal range after 13-yard gain on first down. Ball on PSU 27 with 1:19 to play.

3:32 4Q: Penn State forces a Maryland punt after a huge sack from freshman safety Marcus Allen on 3rd and 12. 53-yard punt by Maryland gives Penn State the ball at their own 18 yard line, looking to run out the clock. PSU leads 19-17.

6:52 4Q: An 8 play, 33-yard drive is capped by Ficken’s field goal from 48 yards out! Ficken is now 4-4 on the day, and moves into third place all-time in PSU history for points made. Penn State now leads, 19-17.

10:35 4Q: A Penn State three-and-out forces a Pasquariello punt, which is returned for no gain at the UMD 36. First and ten for the Terps, leading 17-16.

11:30 4Q: A one-yard touchdown rush by Wes Brown gives Maryland the lead, 17-16. PSU trailing for the first time since early second quarter.

11:38 4Q: Grant Haley fumbles the ensuing kickoff, and two big Maryland plays have the Terps knocking on the goal line.

13:11 4Q: Maryland chips in a 25-yard field goal after failing to convert on third and goal. Penn State’s lead is cut to six, as the Nittany Lions are up 16-10.

End 3Q: Penn State leads 16-7. Three straight first-down completions have Maryland to the PSU 9-yard line. Terps looking to punch it in to get back into this game.

3:18 3Q: An 8 play, 51-yard drive is capped by an 8-yard t0uchdown pass to Jesse James! Sam Ficken adds the extra point, and Penn State leads 16-7.

8:39 3Q: Penn State’s defense remains strong, forcing another three and out and a Maryland punt. After a 44-yard punt, Penn State takes over on their own 17.

9:33 3Q: A familiar story: back-to-back three and outs from both teams gives Maryland the ball on their own 25. Hackenberg nearly fumbles the ball away while being hit on third down, but the play is ruled an incomplete pass. Pasquariello boots a 47-yarder pinning UMD in their own end. First down Maryland.

12:06 3Q: Penn State forces a three and out on Maryland’s first drive of the second half, but can’t get anything going on their own possession. Two Akeel Lynch runs for no gain and a Hackenberg incompletion force a 36-yard punt from Pasquariello. First down Maryland at their own 36.

Halftime: Penn State heads into the locker room leading 9-7. The Nittany Lions decided to take a knee and run the clock out after Hackenberg is sacked for a loss of eight on first down from their own 11.

Hackenberg is 8-of-24 (33 percent) with 74 yards through one half of football. Three Maryland sacks and constant pressure have forced some errant throws from the sophomore signal caller. Penn State could only muster 102 yards of total offense, yet leads the Terrapins on the strength of three Sam Ficken field goals.

Maryland’s offense hasn’t fared much better, amassing only 66 total yards of offense. C.J. Brown is 8-of-18 (44 percent) for 34 yards and one touchdown.

Both teams combined for three turnovers (PSU 2, UMD 1) in an ugly first half. A total of 11 penalties for 128 yards so far.

0:53 2Q: Penn State fumbles the ball right back, as Hackenberg is sacked for 12 yards. Maryland recovers at the their own 44-yard line. The Terps drive is stalled, however, after three straight incompletions from C.J. Brown. Penn State takes over on their own 11 after a 45-yard punt that is returned for no gain by Della Valle.

1:23 2Q: FUMBLE! Penn State recovers on first down at Maryland’s 32. Mike Hull recovers, giving PSU the ball at the UMD 32.

1:25 2Q: A 9-yard pass to DaeSean Hamilton on third down highlights the short drive, which is capped by Sam Ficken’s 46-yard field goal. Penn State now leads, 9-7.

3:04 2Q: A chop-block penalty pushes Maryland back to the PSU 16, where C.J. Brown is sacked by Deion Barnes on third down, forcing a fumble that’s recovered by Maryland. A 41-yard punt is fair caught by Della Valle at the Maryland 45-yard line. Penn State will look to take the lead on this drive with great starting field position.

5:06 2Q: Two big penalties on Maryland allow Penn State to move the ball deep into Maryland territory. A roughing the passer call negates a would-be pick six from Hackenberg, keeping the drive alive. The wildcat showed some promise, converting a key third down in Maryland territory, but the drive stalls after a Hackenberg incompletion on 3rd down intended for Mike Gesicki. Sam Ficken boots a 25-yard field goal to pull PSU within one, trailing 7-6.

11:21 2Q: Maryland is forced to punt after an ineligible receiver down field penalty stalls the drive. Wartman makes a key stop short of the sticks on third down. Penn State takes over on their own 43-yard line after a short return from Jesse Della Valle.

12:43 2Q: Hackenberg completes a 12-yard pass to freshman wideout Chris Godwin to move the PSU 34, but the drive stalls after three straight incompletions. Maryland will take over at their own 10-yard line after a 44-yard punt from Pasquariello and a blocking in the back penalty assessed to Maryland on the return moves the Terps back.

13:52 2Q: A personal foul penalty on freshman safety Marcus Allen puts Maryland at the 8-yard line, and C.J. Brown throws a 2-yard strike in the back of the end zone two plays later for the game’s first touchdown. Maryland leads 7-3.

End 1st: Maryland converts a 3rd and 1 at the PSU 33 after appearing to be stopped short of the first down marker. A 16-yard completion has Maryland knocking on the door of the red zone. It will be 2nd and short at the PSU 24 when the second quarter begins.

2:22 1Q: An ugly three and out features a Belton run for no gain, a sack, and a Hackenberg incompletion. A 24-yard punt from Pasquariello gives Maryland the ball at the Penn State 43.

3:46 1Q: Deion Barnes sacks C.J. Brown for six yards, and two incompletions leads to Maryland’s drive stalling at their own 32-yard line. Penn State takes over at their own 26 after the punt.

5:04 1Q: After converting a 4th and 1 from their own 29-yard line and driving into Maryland territory, Hackenberg is intercepted on an ill-advised deep pass in double coverage. Maryland takes over at their own 15.

8:43 1Q: After two late hit penalties on Penn State’s Jordan Lucas and Adrian Amos on third down give Maryland a first down at the PSU 37, Penn State’s defense holds. Penn State takes over after a punt on their own 20 yard line.

10:56 1Q: An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Maryland was assessed on the opening kickoff, giving Penn State good starting field position. A 9-play, 41-yard drive, highlighted by a 17-yard pass from Hackenberg to Geno Lewis, set up a 47-yard field goal by Sam Ficken. Penn State leads, 3-0.

15:00 1Q: Penn State won the toss, and elected to receive. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty will be assessed to Maryland on the opening kick.

Pregame:

Although it’s too early for most students after what was probably a long Halloween night of debauchery, it’s never too early for Pitt jokes.

  Mike Hull has his game face ready as Penn State prepares to take on Maryland. Hull’s 11.9 tackles per game lead the Big Ten and ranks sixth nationally (Photo: Bobby Chen) _DSC2880   Freshman Marcus Allen making his second career start at safety today after a season-ending injury to Ryan Keiser. Allen had 11 tackles and two pass breakups against Ohio State. Akeel Lynch slots into the backup running back role with Zach Zwinak out for the season. Wendy Laurent starting at center after his arrest for criminal mischief in an “egg throwing incident” the night before Halloween. Bad news for Herb Hand and Penn State’s offensive line: Miles Dieffenbach and Donovan Smith not dressed for pregame warmups. First team OL looks like LT Nelson, LG Mahon, C Laurent, RG Gaia and RT Mangiro. Penn State’s average punt from Chris Gulla and Daniel Pasquariello traveled just 34 yards last week against Ohio State. The good news? Maryland’s punters have been almost as bad this year!

Maryland’s state flag will be plainly visible on the Terrapins’ uniforms today. Penn State’s plain blue and white couldn’t offer a more startling difference.

It’s windy day here at Beaver Stadium as the players take the field for warmups. Expected to be gusting at 17 miles per hour at noon. Just over 90 minutes until kickoff.

About the Author

CJ Doon

CJ is a senior journalism major from Long Island and Onward State's Sports Editor. He is a third-generation Penn Stater, and his grandfather wrestled for the university back in the 1930s under coach Charlie “Doc” Speidel. Besides writing, one of his favorite activities is making sea puns. You can follow him on Twitter @CJDoon, and send your best puns to [email protected], just for the halibut.

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