Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Maryland

Just as we all expected, unranked Penn State football (0-2) will welcome Maryland (1-1) to Beaver Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Coming off one of their toughest starts in the James Franklin era, the Nitany Lions will seek their first win of the season against the Terrapins. A stronger-than-usual Maryland team will come into Happy Valley trying to score its first touchdown against Penn State in nearly 1,500 days.

Here’s everything you need to know for the Nittany Lion’s must-win matchup.


Saturday’s showdown will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. Lisa Byington will be on the play-by-play call, while Penn State All-American linebacker Matt Millen will take over color commentary. Coley Harvey will serve as the sideline commentator.


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It’s going to be unbelievably beautiful in State College Saturday. How does sunny, 73-degree weather at kickoff in November sound?

There’s no rain in the forecast, according to AccuWeather. Expect 35% humidity and a dew point of 43 degrees.

Last Meeting

The last time these two teams met, things did not go well for Maryland. Penn State ended up putting its backups into the game and finished with a crisp 59-0 victory. Sean Clifford threw for nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns on the night.

Penn State holds an extremely dominant 40-2-1 series lead over the Terps.


Journey Brown is still indefinitely out after the team discovered an undisclosed medical condition over the summer. Cam Sullivan-Brown has also seen very limited playing time so far this season due to an unknown condition. Noah Cain will miss the game after suffering a season-ending injury in Penn State’s season opener.

Maryland will be without linebacker Durell Nchami, who suffered a leg injury earlier in the season.

We won’t know until kickoff if anyone has tested positive for the coronavirus. James Franklin said he has anxiety about gameday-morning tests potentially coming back as false positives and barring someone from playing. Against Indiana, an unknown player was ineligible for that very reason.

Betting Lines

Penn State is favored by 25.5 points heading into the matchup, according to OddsShark. The over-under is set for 64.5 points, just half a point higher than Penn State’s week two matchup with Ohio State. The under barely hit last week.

Media Coverage

Onward State will have you covered throughout today’s game. You can find big plays, photos, analysis, and more on our main @OnwardState Twitter account and Facebook page, and we’ll provide play-by-play commentary from @OnwardStSports.

Football writers Ryan Parsons (@rjparsons9) and Gabe Angieri (@gabeangieri) will have you covered from inside the box Saturday afternoon. Associate editor Will Pegler (@gritdude) will also help provide coverage throughout the game

Visual editor Michael Tauriello (@mtauriello_) will provide visual updates from Beaver Stadium’s north end zone.

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About the Author

Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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