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Maryland 35, Penn State 19: What Twitter Had To Say

Penn State was flat out embarrassed at Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and, rightfully so, Twitter was not happy

NCAA Football: Maryland at Penn State Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Things went south in a hurry on Saturday afternoon. Maryland scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the game, and on the same play in fact! This quickly had Penn State fans, and former players, unhappy.

On Penn State’s first drive they marched down the field and looked primed to score a touchdown. Well, on 4th & 3 Kirk Ciarrocca committed a cardinal sin of calling a fade route. Fans were not happy.

As the half, and game, unfolded the anger also spilled over to quarterback Sean Clifford. Not to be mean to Clifford, but it was warranted. He was just 6-for-20 in the first half and this included overthrowing multiple open receivers, including twice overthrowing a wide open Pat Freiermuth on what would have likely been a touchdown.

The lone bright spot from the first half was Jahan Dotson mossing a Maryland defender for yet another impressive touchdown.

Dotson finsihed the game with 9 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Early in the third quarter, Clifford fumbled and Maryland returned it for a touchdown. This made the score 35-7 Terps. As the half continued and Clifford continued to sturggle with hitting open receivers and his pocket presence, calls for back up Will Levis began.

Not to be too hard on Clifford, but his play this season simply has not been acceptable. His footwork and pocket presence have been bad, he still struggles to go through his progressions, bails out of the pocket too soon, and has missed plenty of open wide receivers, it would not hurt Penn State to try and shake things up at this point.

Another bright spot was true freshman wide receiver Parker Washington. Continuing to burst onto the scene, Washington caught 8 balls for 70 yards including a pair of nifty touchdowns.

We’ll end it at that this week. The rest of Twitter was, well, rather unkind and a you-know-what show. There’s no need to go down that road on here. All of us are frustrated and unhappy enough.

There is no denying that things are ugly in Happy Valley right now. Considering how much talent is on this roster, this might be the low point of Franklin’s tenure. Next week the 0-3 Nittany Lions travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to play the 0-2 Cornhuskers. Someone has to win a football game next Saturday,,, right?