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[Live Blog] Penn State vs. Maryland

Good afternoon and welcome back to football, Penn State fans! The Nittany Lions are on the road in Baltimore for today’s Big Ten showdown vs. Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium. 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.  

Fourth Quarter

5:06 4Q: Hackenberg fumbles the snap — straight up drops it — and Maryland will take over at Penn State’s 44.

7:25 4Q: Trevor Williams picks off Maryland’s quarterback on fourth and two. It’s a fine result, but Williams would have been smarter to swat the ball, which would have given Penn State the ball on a turnover on downs, 30 yards up the field.

10:15 4Q:Penn State stormed back. A balanced run-pass drive resulted in a 27-yard touchdown pass to Geno Lewis in the corner of the endzone. Leaping over the defender, Lewis secured the pass in bounds. It was possibly the play of the year for Penn State, and gave the Lions the 31-27 lead.

Maryland answered with a field goal, that, after a roughing the kicker penalty, probably should have been a touchdown. And then, after Brandon Bell drilled the Terps passer, and Sickels scooped up the forced fumble to Maryland’s 31, the Lions were back in scoring position again.

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Third Quarter

End 3Q: On the biggest play of the game so far, Hack finds Godwin on third and long over the middle. Short of the first down, Godwin sprints forward, eluding tackles for a first down. That play ends the first quarter with the Lions driving at the Maryland 38.

5:32 3Q: Maryland opened the second half with a nine-play, 68-yard scoring drive that took 4:05 off the clock. It began with a steady dose of running that wore down Penn State’s defense, and ended with a Ross touchdown scamper from 10 yards away, giving the Terps a 20-17 lead.

Penn State marched right back with a seven-play, 79-yard drive of its own, capped by a 20-yard pass to Hamilton. No. 5 curled right as the Hackenberg’s pass arrived, then waltzed in for the score.

Second Quarter

0:31 2Q: Julius adds another field goal in a game of fine field goal kickers. His 40-yard attempt is true, extending Penn State’s lead to 17-13. The Lions take that lead into the half.

2:49 2Q: Touchdown, Penn State! The Nittany Lions use a two-play, 75-yard drive to score. Hack hits Godwin for a 37-yard touchdown bomb. It looked like Godwin pushed off, but pass interference is ruled on Maryland. Julius’ extra point gives Penn State a 14-13 lead.

3:51 2Q: Maryland uses it’s fortunate field position to tack on another field goal, bringing the score to 13-7. Craddock is 2-3 on the day.

7:56 2Q: Hack is pulled down again, and for some reason tries to flick the ball from his hands before he hits the down. The crowd thinks it’s a fumble, the Lions think it’s an incompletion, but the refs rule it grounding. Penn State punts to Maryland’s 47-yard line.

We apologize for the lack of updates, the wifi has gone in and out in the press box, but hopefully we’ll be back at full strength shortly.

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9:35 2Q: After missing a field goal the drive prior, Brad Craddock, one of the best kickers in the nation, is pure from 44 yards away. That gives Maryland a 10-7 drive, and Penn State’s offense has stalled.

First Quarter

1:36 1Q: The offenses may have woken up. Maryland responds with a quick march down the field, capped by a 12-yard touchdown scamper by Hill. We’re tied up at seven.

2:49 1Q: After a pair of deep balls from Christian Hackenberg, Saquon Barkley walks into the endzone along the right edge. An electrifying drive from an otherwise listless offensive unit. Hopefully the success continues.

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5:07 1Q: FUMBLE! Freshman sensation John Reid flashes some run support prowess, drilling Hills as he scrambled down the field. Marcus Allen quickly scooped the loose ball, and the Lions take over on the 16.

7:21 1Q: The offensive ineptitude continues. This time, the fumble bug hits Saquon Barkley only to be recovered by Penn State. Hackenberg unable to find Geno Lewis on the ensuing throw, and the Lions will punt — again.

11:00 1Q: Per usual, the Lions were unable to make any noise offensively, going three-and-out, while fortunately sending the ball deep past midfield.

12:00 1Q: Interception Grant Haley! The sophomore corner undercut the route to snag Perry Hills’ deep attempt. He’s fortunate he got hands on it, as the receiver had ample separation behind the secondary.

Pregame

James Franklin and OC John Donovan are off the bus and making their pregame preparations.

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Tailgaters out in full force, filling up the parking lots with food and festivities.

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Christian Hackenberg takes in his new surroundings as he enters the field for pregame warmups.

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Saquon Barkley and Akeel Lynch are ready to dance — literally.

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About the Author

David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]

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