The Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2, 7-2) dominated the Maryland Terrapins (4-8, 2-7) in all phases of the game, en route to a 66-3 win Saturday afternoon in College Park.
“It was a poor performance, poor execution, poorly coached team,” Terps head coach DJ Durkin said after the game. “A season-long of adversity and things happening just got to us and it wasn’t our best effort.”
The Terps struggled to even keep possession of the football, fumbling four times and losing two, and squandered almost every scoring opportunity. Darmstadter was 1-for-2 on field goals in the loss and Maryland gave possession away twice, once via fumble and once by downs, on the PSU side of the field.
Penn State, on the other hand, excelled at whatever they wanted to do on the field. Quarterback Trace McSorley and running back Saquon Barkley were pulled up 45-0 with five minutes left in the third quarter. McSorley finished with 273 total yards and three touchdowns, while Barkley contributed 81 total yards and two separate one-yard touchdown runs.
McSorley was able to see what the Terps defense was showing and exploit it by making the right decisions in run-pass options, linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. said after the game.
“It’s not that we keyed too much on [Barkley] but [McSorley] just took what we gave him,” Carter added. “They’re both good players, they’re both on scholarship too.”
Even Penn State’s backup quarterback Tommy Stevens, who saw time as a receiver early in the game, dominated in the matchup. He finished with 12 carries for 117 yards and three scores, as well as one passing touchdown.
While the Nittany Lions backups piled up the stats, Maryland’s starters struggled to do anything at all. Even when Maryland was able to produce the big plays that drove their offense early in the year, they failed to convert the long gains into points. D.J. Moore said it felt like the Nittany Lions had their number during the game.
“They had a really good scouting report,” Ty Johnson said. “They executed. Whenever you execute better than the other team you’re going to be successful … There’s a lot of things I could go over but they just executed every play.”
Johnson, Lorenzo Harrison and Moore all had gains of over 30 yards, but only Harrison’s led to any points.
Part of Maryland’s struggles was because of poor performance when trying to move the chains. The Terrapins went 1-of-15 on third downs and were 0-for-3 on fourth down tries.
Bortenschlager was sacked multiple times in the game and completed just 55 percent of his passes. Despite his struggles, he did enough to allow Moore to permanently etch his name into the school’s record books.
Moore, playing in what could be his final game as a Terp, finished the game with 8 catches and 100 yards, enough to move him into first in single-season receptions in school history. Moore broke Geroy Simon’s record which had stood since 1994. He also became the third receiver in Maryland history with 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
The loss ends Maryland’s season which was marred by injury. The Terps started four different quarterbacks and played most of the year with Bortenschlager, who was slated to be the third-stringer.
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