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Penn State 59, Maryland 0: What Twitter Had To Say

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For a third consecutive season the Nittany Lions made the Terrapins their you know whats with a blowout victory

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 27 Penn State at Maryland

Penn State opened up conference play against Maryland on Friday night. Following a 59-0 road victory, the Nittany Lions are now 4-0 overall and 1-0 in Big Ten play. They have now outscored Maryland 191-20 the last four season. Lol, Twerps.

It did not take long for things to come unraveled for the Terrapins. On the third play of the game Josh Jackson was intercepted by Jan Johnson and it was all downhill from there.

After two Maryland penalties gave Penn State first and goal the Nittany Lions scored on their first play from scrimmage. Sean Clifford’s first career rushing touchdown was just the start of a career night for the redshirt sophomore quarterback.

Cliff finished the night 26/31 for 398 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also rushed for 54 yards and a score. Friday night was also Clifford’s best game yet in terms of reads on RPOs and going through his progressions in the passing game.

It did not take Penn State long to strike again. On the third play of their

next drive Clifford hit KJ Hamler for a 58-yard touchdown catch and run. This was the start of a great night for Hamler as well.

Hamler finished the night with 6 receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown.

The rough night for Jackson would continue when Maryland native Tariq Castro-Fields intercepted Jackson inside the Penn State 5-yard line. So far this season TCF has played at an all-conference caliber level.

It was not all sunshine and rainbows in the first half for Penn State. Linebacker Micah Parsons was ejected for targeting. This came after a late, and ill advised, hit by Parsons.

Parsons was not phased by the call. He even took to Twitter to express his pleasure with what was unfolding on the field.

At halftime with the Terps trailing 38-0 many members of their record, sellout crowd started to hit the road. This lead to a lot of LOLs on Twitter.

Oh, and let’s not forget Heisman Trophy winner turned failed NFL quarterback turned FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart picking Maryland to win before the game.

Castro-Fields was not the only Maryland native flying around the field on Friday night. Linebacker Cam Brown looked like a man on a mission as well.

Speaking of linebackers, it was a career night for sophomore Jesse Luketa. Throughout the night the Canadian native was flying around the field and destroying the stereotype that Canadians do not have a mean side. His play only improved after Parsons was ejected and Luketa had to play a larger role.

Speaking of position groups that had a great night, let’s talk about the running backs. Or, as JaJuan Seider would call them, the Lawn Boyz.

Journey Brown, Ricky Slade, Noah Cain, and Devyn Ford all made noise for the Nittany Lions in Friday night’s annihilation of Maryland.

Penn State’s four running backs made their case for being the best running back room in the country. They averaged 5.03 yards per carry and a pair of touchdowns. They also combined for 89 receiveing yards on 9 catches. Friday night was also their best game yet in pass protection, which is an area they had struggled in early in non-conference play.

Finally, credit must be given where it is due. Much maligned offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne called a masterful game on Friday night. This was Rahne’s best game since the 2017 Fiesta Bowl and possibly his best game ever as Penn State’s OC.

Friday night was a lot of fun. Purdue.... you’re next!