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Gameday Observations: Maryland

Penn State football is on a winning streak, folks.

The Nittany Lions dominated Maryland amid rainy conditions en route to a 30-0 victory at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. An effective ground game and a stout defensive performance ultimately propelled James Franklin’s squad to a convincing win.

Military Appreciation Game festivities and a record-setting performance highlighted another football Saturday in Sad Happy Valley.

Rainy Conditions

What started off as a sunny fall day in State College turned windy and rainy toward the end of tailgates and into the start of the game. Luckily for the Nittany Lion faithful, this didn’t turn into a Northwestern situation that resulted in Penn State winning a sloppy 17-7 game.

The Nittany Lions didn’t fumble four times this time, either. Penn State only coughed the ball up once this time around. That certainly helped.

You gotta love an Alma Mater in the rain, too, right?

Dvon Ellies Carries American Flag Across Field To Father

This was really cool.

During the week, defensive tackle Dvon Ellies told the media that as part of the Military Appreciation Game festivities, he was going to honor his father by carrying the American Flag out of the tunnel and handing it to him across the field. Ellies’ father served in the military for 24 years.

“I think for [my father], this is well-deserved,” Ellies said. “It’s a testament to all the work he’s done for us.”

It was definitely a wholesome moment and one that meant a lot to Ellies and his family. Once the flag was exchanged, Ellies’ father started passionately waving the flag around in the air as the team completed its entrance routine.

Sean Clifford Sets Program’s Passing Yards Record

A big-time record was broken Saturday afternoon in Beaver Stadium. Sean Clifford passed Trace McSorley as Penn State’s all-time leading passer. The sixth-year quarterback entered the game just 15 yards behind McSorley’s record of 9,899 yards, a feat that he passed in the first quarter of the game.

Clifford ended the game with his career passing yards total at 10,023 yards, as he became the first Nittany Lion passer to surpass 10,000 career passing yards.

Nittany Lion’s Fire ‘Fits

The Nittany Lion was on fire in this one, folks.

The Symbol of Our Best had two elite ‘fits in this one, which included military and Mario-themed outfits.

The military attire has become a classic for the Nittany Lion, and it never fails to disappoint. It’s undoubtedly a fan favorite.

Then, in a stunning twist, the Nittany Lion ditched the camo and threw on an absolutely dazzling Mario costume from Super Mario Bros. This may be one of the all-time best Lion ‘fits, in my opinion. It was just completely unexpected.

Hungry Hungry Hippo?

What the hell was this?

The Nittany Lion, dressed as Mario, teamed up with a man dressed as Luigi in a crazy version of “Hungry Hungry Hippo.” Their opponents were two veterans, who appeared to perform much better in the competition.

When it was clear his team was falling behind, the Nittany Lion resorted to throwing the balls at the other team instead of putting them in the bucket.

This is the TV timeout entertainment we need.

Boos Continue For Sean Clifford

Death, taxes, and fans booing Sean Clifford.

Sean Clifford gets introduced during pregame introductions: boos.
Sean Clifford throws an incomplete pass: boos.
Sean Clifford [smartly] throws the ball away to avoid a sack: boos.

The guy just can’t win with this fanbase. In what is now the twilight of his Penn State career, one could argue that he honestly deserves better than what he’s getting from the fans. He has taken the high road often, even offering his appreciation for the fans and the community following the Indiana game, saying they have “had my back and realistically been very good to me.”

“I can’t get mad at people being critical,” Clifford said. “And I won’t get mad at people being critical. I’m just blessed to be in the position that I am. I’m living out a dream that I’ve had for years and years and years. So for me, I don’t really pay attention to it because I’m just the happiest dude.”

It’ll be interesting to see the reception he gets on Senior Day, you’d think.

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Gabe Angieri

After a four-year career with Onward State, Gabe is now a college graduate and off to the real world. He shockingly served as the blog’s managing editor during the 2022-23 school year and covered football for much of his Onward State tenure, including trips to the Outback Bowl and Rose Bowl. For any professional inquiries, please email Gabe at [email protected]. You can still see his bad sports takes on Twitter at @gabeangieri.

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