Terps Outlast Nittany Lions and Become Bowl Eligible
Brad Craddock kicked a 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds left to give Maryland a 20-19 come-from-behind victory over Penn State on Saturday.
The victory made the Terps bowl-eligible and extended Penn State’s losing streak to four games.
Entering the game, Maryland and Penn State had met a total of 37 times with the Nittany Lions winning 35 of those matchups and were a perfect 22-0 at Beaver Stadium. That changed on Saturday.
Trailing 16-7 late in the third quarter, the Terps (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten) moved ahead after quarterback C.J. Brown engineered back-to-back scoring drives, aided by Alex Twine’s fumble recovery on a Penn State kickoff return.
Craddock booted his first field goal of the afternoon early in the fourth quarter to trim the Penn State lead to six with 13:11 remaining in the game.
On the ensuing kickoff, Maryland’s Jermaine Carter jarred the ball loose. Twine pounced on the fumble to give the Terps a first-and-10 at the Penn State 24.
Following a sack, Brown hit Amba Etta-Tawo over the middle for a 25-yard gain and two plays later Wes Brown punched in a one-yard touchdown giving the Terps a 17-16 lead.
Penn State’s Sam Ficken kicked his fourth field goal with 6:52 remaining to give the Nittany Lions a 19-17 lead.
The Terps held Penn State (4-4, 1-4) to a three-and-out and William Likely returned a 37-yard Penn State punt 15 yards to the Lions’ 42. Maryland’s Wes Brown took a 13-yard pass from C.J. Brown to the 29, and three plays later, Craddock converted his 20th straight field goal for the winning margin.
The Terps, who limited Penn State to 219 total yards, again held the Nittany Lions on downs to seal the victory.
Maryland registered just 196 total yards, but limited Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg to 177 yards passing and the Nittany Lions to 42 yards rushing.
Four different Terps tallied a sack and the Maryland defense finished with nine tackles for loss including two apiece for Andre Monroe and Yannick Ngakoue.
In his first start of the season at cornerback, Sean Davis led the Terps with 11 tackles and finished with a career-high three pass breakups.