Gameday Observations: Maryland
Another week, another win for Penn State football.
After many raised concerns about the Nittany Lions after a loss to Ohio State and a close win over Indiana, Penn State dominated Maryland on the road 51-15. It wasn’t ever in question.
From a Penn State fanbase that traveled very well to a Penn State fanbase that was very mean, our writers bring you all the sights and sounds from the Nittany Lions’ latest win.
Beaver Stadium South Is Alive & Well
Per tradition, Penn State fans showed out at Maryland. Nittany Lion fans weren’t always as loud as the home group, but they certainly were by the end of the game – and that includes the bands. They also formed a pretty formidable gathering across the field from the press box, where around four sections were a solid white color. And by the final whistle, there was more white than gold in the Maryland student section.
SECU Stadium Is Strange
Maryland’s stadium is, in a word, lopsided. There are stands behind one end zone, but a brick building behind the other. One set of stands behind the sidelines is tall, featuring the main bowl and a sizeable second level. The other set of stands behind the home team’s bench is comprised of the main bowl and box seating that stretches as high as the stands across the field that it faces. It’s a weird place to watch a sporting event.
To each their own, but SECU Stadium just seemed a little off. The Terrapins run onto the field from underneath a turtle shell, which is neat until you realize how cartoonish the shell actually looks. Penn State ran onto the field from an open area that emptied out into the parking lot behind the stadium.
Beaver Stadium is far from perfect, but it does have one nice thing: some good, old-fashioned symmetry.
All Of The Lights
There was one thing that SECU Stadium has over Beaver Stadium: some really cool lights. The stadium had the ability to strobe and flash the stadium lights at will, which was cool for the two touchdowns the Terrapins scored.
There was even a base set of lights that could paint the stadium red, which was a neat display after Maryland seemed to fake a power outage before transitioning into a hype video. It made us wish the game was at a 7:30 p.m. kick.
The stadium just turned red pic.twitter.com/S5B4JPnqJv— Onward Sports (@OnwardStSports) November 4, 2023
Maryland Students Don’t Care About Their Football Team
Over the course of this season, our football beat has become increasingly aware of just how poor the culture of rival football teams’ fanbases can be. Maryland was another instance.
Not only did Penn State fans take over the Maryland stadium, but Maryland students were nearly all gone by the fourth quarter. Even at halftime, with their team down 21-7, the locals had just about cleared out. It wasn’t a very pretty scene in the student section.
At least we got this moment, where Maryland students rearranged the word “Terps” to spell “Strep.” Thank you, folks.
Drew Allar Is So Back
It goes without saying that Drew Allar just looked amazing against Maryland. Sure, it was a low-level opponent, but the young quarterback put on a show nonetheless. After he struggled for most of the Indiana game, it was a breath of fresh air to see that Allar’s first interception may have actually been when he needed to thrive.
Another tight end tuddy pic.twitter.com/A4oZxIK3mn— Onward State (@OnwardState) November 4, 2023
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