It is hard to believe that another college football regular season is in the books for Penn State. With a finish of 9-3 and a bowl game destination to be revealed in the coming weeks, there is one more chance to add a cherry on top of this enjoyable season.
A third 10-win season would be a great way to send off three-year starting quarterback Trace McSorley. In a cold, wet stadium, the grizzled veteran led his team to an easy victory versus Maryland.
The fans that made their way to State College and weathered the elements were just as valiant as the players on the field. Conditions were less than perfect, with temperatures hovering around freezing for most of the game, precipitation soaking everyone. While Beaver Stadium was not full to capacity, and the tailgating situation was a drag for the most part, there was enough noise coming from the stands to give the team the boost that it needed early in the game.
It was a nice, easy win to close out the regular season. Now we will wait for the location of the bowl game to be revealed; the final chapter in the 2018 Penn State football season.
- Mike Miranda saw extended playing time at right guard. The redshirt sophomore figures to play a significant role next season. He looked good out there and it is nice to have the experienced Ryan Bates on his right side, talking in his ear.
- Tariq Castro-Fields and Amani Oruwariye each had tackles for loss in the first quarter. With Maryland hoping to gain yardage on outside runs it was imperative for the cornerbacks to have a solid game tackling. Garrett Taylor had 5 solo tackles from his safety spot opposite Nick Scott.
- Yetur Gross-Matos had another solid ball game. He had 3.5 tackles for loss and dominated the game on a couple of critical third down plays. It will be nice to see how the rising star will play in his final game of the season, with a month to rest.
- Drew Hartlaub made a nice tackle on special teams. The walk-on redshirt sophomore safety doesn’t see the field on defense but he is beginning to have success as a gunner on the punt coverage team. A former running back and track star from Hanover, Pa., Hartlaub could become a contributor in his final two seasons in Happy Valley.
- Tommy Stevens entered the game with nine minutes to play and the game in hand. When the Lions play the next game in Beaver Stadium, the team should be in Stevens’ hands. Stevens hit KJ Hamler on a slant for 20 yards, the throw was on a rope and on time. While it will be sad to see McSorley leave, the cupboards are anything but empty.