UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Maryland coach Mike Locksley grew up leading the team he currently coaches, so he’s acutely aware of all the defeats Terps has made every year from Penn State.
Knowing that makes performances like the one from Taulia Tagovailoa and Terps in the 35-19 win over rival Penn State in the region on Saturday even more special.
Tagovailoa played 18 out of 26 282-yard passes and three touch-ball passes. Rakim Jarrett captured five 144-yard passes with a pair of touches, Dontay Demus took another and Jake Funk added 80 yards and scores to Terps (2-1, 2-1 Big Ten Conference), who won only the third turn of the 44-game series and the first since 2015.
“The team̵7;s victory,” Locksley said, “I’m so happy for the players in that dressing room. I’m glad that the former Terp soccer players kept us from playing competitive with (Penn State). ”
Nittany Lions outperformed Maryland by 163-6 in their last three meetings. Sean Clifford completed 27 of 57 340-yard passes with two interceptions and three touches for Penn State, the first time since 2001, the score was 0-3.
Terps overturned the script this time thanks to Tugavailoa and a defense that tortured Penn State all night. A week after he became one of the best passing performances in Terrapins history, Tugavailoa did not hesitate to strike Penn State’s reeling defense. He completed 14 of his first 19 pitches, including a long ball touch with Rakim Jarrett on the first two quarterly possessions giving Terps a lead they wouldn’t give up.
“I felt like our whole attack, as well as our defense, I felt like we were all finding our rhythm,” Tugavailoa said.
Tugavailoa beat Jarrett on a short slope and the arrival of the Penn State defense extended beyond 42 meters to open the scoring. Maryland continued to play as the first half ended, but this time Jarrett did not touch the ball 62 yards to give Maryland a 14-0 lead.
Funk passed the eight-play round, 62 yards with a 38-yard touch through heavy traffic early in the second quarter before Clifford took a 21-7 lead with a 20-yard touch against Dotson. Tugavailoa gave Maryland a 28-7 lead when he saw Demus run down the line to score at 34 yards.
Penn State manager James Franklin said: “When you don’t succeed in your first few games, I don’t think you underestimate anyone.” But obviously there are things we have to fix. had to improve. … We need to fix it and we need to fix it quickly. ”
It got worse for Penn State.
Maryland had its first game gross at the beginning of the third quarter. Nick Cross blew Clifford away and lost the ball in the first half of Penn State. Linebacker Chance Campbell scored and returned 44 yards to give Maryland a 35-7 lead. Clifford threw a pair of ground passes to Parker Washington in the match