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Behind the Numbers of Penn State’s 59-0 Beatdown of Maryland

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Well, that was fun!

NCAA Football: Penn State at Maryland Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

We learned on Friday night that going into what is expected to be a tight road contest and instead walking away with a 59-0 is awfully fun. The Nittany Lions dominated from the start to produce one of the most lopsided victories since joining the Big Ten way back in 1993. So before we turn the page and turn our focus to the Homecoming clash with Purdue, let’s take a look at some of the more interesting facts and figures from Friday night’s victory:

-The Penn State Offense gained 619 total yards, nearly 500 more than the defense allowed the Terps (128, and more on that later). It was the third most in program history, and most by any team outside of the historic ‘94 squad.

-Penn State had three times as many first downs than Maryland, earning a 30-10 margin.

-Sean Clifford threw for 398 yards despite exiting the game early in the second half. It was the third-highest total for passing yards in a game in program history. His 287 passing yards in the first half set the all-time mark.

-Clifford started out perfect on his first nine passes of the night, which also included two touchdowns. He completed passes to 11 different receivers, with 13 Nittany Lions catching at least one pass throughout the game.

-The 421 total passing yards set a single-game mark for the Nittany Lions against a Big Ten opponent.

-Penn State’s defense allowed just 68 yards passing and 60 yards on the ground, for a grand total of 128 for the evening. For comparison, Maryland racked up 354 rushing yards and 650 total yards against Syracuse.

-The 128 yards was the second-fewest ever allowed against a Big Ten opponent.

-After the first four games of the season, Penn State is allowing 5.75 points per contest.

-Linebacker Ellis Brooks led the way with six tackles, and a total of nine Nittany Lions contributed at least three tackles. Penn State’s defense had eight TFLs, with Brooks and true freshman Adisa Isaac each picking up 2.5 apiece.

-Penn State has not allowed a touchdown in the past 14 consecutive quarters against the Terps, dating back to 2016. Penn State has outscored Maryland 163-6 in its last three concerts, and 159-10 in the last three games at Maryland.

-The win gives Penn State a 40-2-1 all-time advantage against the Terps.