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Penn State 30, Maryland 0

(AP Photo/Barry Reeger)

By TRAVIS JOHNSON
Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Nick Singleton scored two touchdowns and ran for 113 of his 122 yards in the first half and the defense of No. 14 Penn State smothered Maryland in a 30-0 win.

Tight end Brenton Strange caught a touchdown pass and Jake Pinegar kicked three field goals for the Nittany Lions (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten, No. 14 CFP), who beat Maryland for the seventh time in nine games since the Terps (6-4, 3-4) joined the Big Ten in 2014.

Like the overall series, this one was all Nittany Lions thanks to Penn State's pass rush.

Soggy conditions couldn't slow Penn State's front seven. Neither could Maryland's reeling offensive line.

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was hit hard as he threw incomplete on the Terps' first play from scrimmage - an omen of things to come from a Nittany Lion defense that notched seven sacks, seven QB hurries, forced nine punts and three turnovers on down.

The Nittany Lions did most of their damage early. They sacked Tagovailoa five times and held Maryland to just 27 total yards before halftime.

By that point, Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford had put the game out of reach when he threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Strange just 6:08 in. Meanwhile, Singleton lapped Maryland's defense on a pair of fourth-and-inches runs that went for 45- and 27-yard touchdowns. Pinegar added field goals from 50 and 46 yards to put Penn State up 27-0 at halftime.

Pinegar added a 21-yarder midway through the third.

Tagovailoa finished 11 for 22 for 74 yards. Roman Hemby led the Terps with 68 rushing yards on 13 carries.

THE TAKEAWAY

Maryland: It looks as if it could be another long November for the Terps. They're just 2-9 in the month all-time under coach MIke Locksley and were beaten all over the field on Saturday. Their inability to run the ball and protect Tagovailoa doomed them from the start.

Penn State: Although the Nittany Lions don't have a shot at a Big Ten championship, the future looks bright. The team's most impactful players down the stretch are freshmen. Linebacker Abdul Carter had a team-best seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Singleton and fellow back Kaytron Allen appear to be Penn State's best running back tandem since Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders.

November 12, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MDPSU
PSU TD 8:52 Brenton Strange 3 yard TD pass from Sean Clifford (Jake Pinegar Extra Point) 0 7
PSU TD 1:25 Nicholas Singleton 45 yard TD run (Jake Pinegar Extra Point) 0 14
Second Quarter MDPSU
PSU TD 7:46 Nicholas Singleton 27 yard TD run (Jake Pinegar Extra Point) 0 21
PSU FG 1:34 Jake Pinegar 50 yard field goal 0 24
PSU FG 0:00 Jake Pinegar 46 yard field goal 0 27
Third Quarter MDPSU
PSU FG 8:15 Jake Pinegar 21 yard field goal 0 30
Team Stats
  Maryland Penn State
First downs 13 21
  Rushing 8 10
  Passing 2 9
  Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-15, 27% 5-15, 33%
4th down efficiency 0-3, 0% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 37-60 43-249
Passing Yards 74 164
Return Yards 57 -3
Completions-Attempts-Int 11-23-0 16-30-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 7-49 0-0
Punts 9 5
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 7-70 6-65
Maryland Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Tagovailoa 11 22 74 0 0
B. Edwards Jr. 0 1 0 0 0
Penn State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Clifford 12 23 139 1 0
D. Allar 3 6 18 0 0
C. Veilleux 1 1 7 0 0
Maryland Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Hemby 13 68 5.2 0
C. McDonald 4 15 3.8 0
A. Littleton II 9 14 1.6 0
B. Edwards Jr. 2 8 4.0 0
T. Tagovailoa 9 -45 -5.0 0
Penn State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
N. Singleton 11 122 11.1 2
K. Allen 16 73 4.6 0
T. Holzworth 3 14 4.7 0
S. Clifford 4 13 3.3 0
T. Smith 6 13 2.2 0
D. Allar 1 12 12.0 0
P. Washington 1 4 4.0 0
Maryland Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Jarrett 3 30 10.0 0
C. Dippre 3 21 7.0 0
C. Dyches 2 10 5.0 0
J. Copeland 1 7 7.0 0
J. Jones 1 6 6.0 0
R. Hemby 1 0 0.0
0
Penn State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Johnson 3 44 14.7 0
B. Strange 3 34 11.3 1
M. Tinsley 1 25 25.0 0
L. Clifford 1 17 17.0 0
P. Washington 1 14 14.0 0
H. Wallace III 1 8 8.0 0
T. Holzworth 1 7 7.0 0
M. Meiga 1 7 7.0 0
N. Singleton 1 5 5.0 0
K. Lambert-Smith 1 2 2.0 0
K. Allen 1 1 1.0 0
K. Dinkins 1 0 0.0
0
Maryland Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Penn State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Maryland Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Spangler 9 395 43.9
Penn State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Amor 4 153 38.3
A. Bacchetta 1 40 40.0
Maryland Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Penn State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Washington 2 -4 -2.0
M. Wilson 1 1 1.0
Maryland Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
O. Smith Jr. 3 57 19.0
Penn State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Maryland Missed FG
Player Length
Penn State Missed FG
Player Length




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