Nicholas Singleton scored two long rushing touchdowns in the first half, and Sean Clifford broke the school record for passing yards as Penn State had its most dominant performance of the season as they crushed Maryland by the score of 30-0 on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium.
After forcing a punt on Maryland’s opening drive, Penn State got on the board first when Sean Clifford found Brenton Strange for a three-yard touchdown pass to conclude a drive that took nine plays, and 47 yards. On the drive Clifford found strange for a 16-yard reception to break Trace McSorley’s school record for career passing yards.
Penn State and Maryland exchanged punts on the next two possessions for each team.
Penn State got back on the board when Singleton scored on an incredible 45-yard touchdown run on a fourth and one. The run capped off a six-play, 65-yard scoring drive.
Penn State led Maryland 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Maryland in the first quarter had more punts (4) than yards (3).
Penn State got back on the board when Singleton scored his second touchdown of the game on a 27-yard touchdown run on another fourth-down conversion. That play concluded a seven-play, 72-yard drive.
Penn State got back on the board on a Jake Pinegar 50-yard field goal on a drive that took 11 plays, 35 yards which were aided by a roughing the kicker penalty on Dante Trader Jr. on a Barney Amor punt. James Franklin himself got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the drive. He punished himself by doing push-ups on the sideline for his actions.
Penn State got on the board again on a 46-yard field goal right before halftime on a drive that took seven plays, 46-yards. Penn State led Maryland 27-0 at halftime as they outgained Maryland 396-27 in total yardage.
In the third quarter, Penn State got back on the board with a 30-yard field goal on a drive that took eight plays and 61 yards.
Nothing of note happened in the fourth quarter for Penn State besides a botched snap by the center to Drew Allar and a bad handoff to running back Tank Smith to cause only Penn State’s only turnover.
Penn State will travel to SHI Stadium on Saturday to take on Rutgers, while Maryland will host No. 2 Ohio State at SECU Stadium on Saturday.