Recap: Penn State vs. Maryland
University Park, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Craddock's 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining lifted the Maryland Terrapins to a 20-19 win over Penn State in the first-ever Big Ten Conference clash between these two teams at Beaver Stadium.
After having their five-game road win streak snapped at Wisconsin last week, the Terrapins (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten) climbed their way back into this one with three fourth-quarter scores to become bowl eligible.
It was not pretty, as the Terps managed only 194 total yards in their first trip to Beaver Stadium in 22 years. There was some pushing and shoving pre- game, and Maryland was assessed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty before the game even started for not shaking hands following the coin toss.
The Nittany Lions (4-4, 1-4) had dominated the head-to-head series with only one loss in 37 meetings with the Terps prior to this one. But the offense averaged only 1.0 yards on 41 carries while quarterback Christian Hackenberg completed only 18-of-42 passes for 177 yards to go along with five sacks. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Nittany Lions after starting the season 4-0.
Penn State came away with three points on the game's opening drive thanks to a 47-yard field goal by Sam Ficken.
C.J. Brown gave Maryland a 7-3 lead with a two-yard touchdown pass to P.J. Gallo at the 13:52 mark of the second quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, the Terps had a pick-six taken off the board because of a pass interference call. Ficken would later finish off that 13-play drive with a 25-yard field goal to make it a 7-6 game.
The Nittany Lions claimed a 9-7 lead on a 46-yarder by Ficken with 90 seconds to play until intermission. Brown lost a fumble on the first play of the ensuing series, but two plays later Hackenberg then coughed up the football right back to the Terps, as neither team was able to capitalize on the opponent's miscue.
Penn State stretched the margin to 16-7 on Hackenberg's eight-yard scoring strike to Jesse James, which accounted for the only scoring of the third quarter.
Maryland cut the deficit to 16-10 on a 25-yard field goal by Craddock early in the fourth quarter. The Nittany Lions fumbled the ball away on the ensuing kickoff, then Maryland took the lead on a one-yard touchdown plunge by Wes Brown less than two minutes later.
Penn State went back on top with a 48-yard field goal by Ficken with just under seven minutes to play in regulation.
The Nittany Lions got the ball back once more with 3:22 remaining and a chance to preserve their two-point lead. However, the Terps forced a three-and-out and William Likely, who notched his fifth interception of the season earlier in the game, returned the punt to the PSU 42 to put Maryland's offense back on the field with 2:16 to play.
The drive began with a key 13-yard completion to Wes Brown, which moved the Terps into range for Craddock to kick what turned out to be the game-winning 43-yarder in the final minute.
Neither team rushed for more than 50 yards, while both quarterbacks combined to complete only 45 percent of their passes in addition to taking 11 total sacks.Game Notes