Penn State rolled up 524 yards of total offense and RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 202 yards and a score as the Nittany Lions pounded favored Maryland at Beaver Stadium Saturday, 38-14.
PSU improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten while the Terps fell to 4-1 and 0-1.
The Lions had 28 first downs and held a time-of-possession advantage of more than 10 minutes.
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Penn State came out operating at its fastest tempo of the season, and cruised straight down the field. Saquon Barkley wrapped a pair of long runs around a 17-yard rush by Trace McSorley to push deep into Maryland territory. The Lions scored on a 5-yard pass from McSorley to Mike Gesicki, as the TE stretched the ball into the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
The Lion defense then forced a Terp punt, and State got great field position (the UMD 49). Penn State popped a big third-down pass to Gesicki, but it was wiped out by an offensive interference penalty and the Lions were eventually forced to punt.
On the next possession, Maryland QB Perry Hills dumped a short pass to RB Ty Johnson. Johnson bolted to the right sideline and nobody could catch him as he went 66 yards for the score to tie it at 7-7. It was the longest completion of Hills' career.
PSU linebacker Brandon Smith registered his first career interception later in the period, giving the Lions the ball at the PSU 45. The Lions were driving deep into Terp territory again as the period ended, thanks in part to McSorley's 13-yard, 2nd-and-10 scramble as time expired, McSorley escaped what seemed to be a certain sack on the play.
Score At End Of Quarter: Penn State 7, Maryland 7
Penn State's drive stalled at the UMD 6, thanks in part ot a bobble snap by McSorley that resulted in a no-gain. The Lions eventually settled for Tyler Davis 30-yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead,
PSU forced a three-and-out and then marched 67 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown. The drive was kept alive by an interference call on Terp S Darnell Savage, who got tangled with Gesicki in the end zone. That solved a third-and-17 predicament. McSorley did the honors with a slick nine-yard run up the gut to make it 17-7.
At this point of the game, McSorley already had 95 rushing yards on 12 carries.
Penn State forced a three-and-out and had chance to really seize control of the game. But the Lions followed with a stalled drive and then the Terps blocked Blake Gillikin's punt. State responded with a Koa Farmer hit in Hills that forced a fumble, and it was recovered by DE Torrence Brown. But PSU went three-and-out, and Gillikin's struggles continued when he uncorked a 29-yard punt and UMD took over at the PSU 37.
Lorenzo Harrison broke off a 26-yard run on which PSU missed several tackles. Then Hills plunged into the line and was hurt. He was taken out of the game and replaced by Tyrell Pigrome, who promptly went seven yards for a TD to cut the lead to 17-14.
PSU got the ball with 41 seconds remaining. It proved to be no problem. Barkley had two big runs — including a 45-yard blast for a score — to make it 24-14
Score At End Of Half: 24-14
The Lions forced a quick three-and-out to open the second half and then began pounding the Terps on the ground. But after getting inside the red zone, Barkley was stripped by William Likely, who recovered at the 11.
Maryland quickly got into Penn State territory, thanks mostly to a 44-yard rush by Harrison. But facing a fourth-and-2 from the Lion 22, running back Jake Funk was dropped for a five-yard loss by S Marcus Allen.
Penn State closed the quarter with a bang, as McSorley ran play action and then hit WR DeAndre Thompkins with a bomb that went for a 70-yard score.
Score At End Of Quarter: Penn State 31, Maryland 14
The only scoring in the final quarter came when PSU freshman RB Miles Sanders popped a 25-yard TD late,
Score At End Of Game: Penn State 38, Maryland 14