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Giger’s game breakdown: Terps should be a little better, but Lions still win by big margin

Photo courtesy Penn State Pat Freiermuth has caught 15 TD passes in his career.

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I like what I saw from the PSU offense in the second half against Ohio State. Was all of it for real? Or was some of it the Buckeyes playing a little soft, knowing they had a lead and were not really threatened? Either way, Sean Clifford came out throwing the ball, and Jahan Dotson and the young WRs did a nice job. The concern is there wasn’t much of a running game, but that was to be expected against the Buckeyes. If the passing game comes out and performs well Saturday, the guess here is that the running game will get going a little bit, too, against a bad Maryland defense.

Taulia Tagovailoa was terrible against Northwestern in the opener, as the Terps lost, 43-3. Tua’s little brother then was terrific against Minnesota last week, throwing for 394 yards to lead Maryland back from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Which Tagovailoa are we going to see today? I honestly don’t know. I do believe the talented young man will be able to hit a lot of passes and make some plays with his legs. But will he be consistent and avoid turnovers? We’ll see. One thing I do expect is for the Terps to move the ball pretty well between the 20s, and whether they can stay competitive will be determined by if they can find the end zone to cap off drives.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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