Penn State Closes Out Regular Season at Maryland Saturday

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Penn State football’s 2017 regular season concludes Saturday, as Penn State makes its first trip to Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium since 1993 to face Maryland with coverage set to begin at 3:30 p.m. on BTN.

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Penn State and Maryland are playing for a fourth consecutive year since Maryland joined the Big Ten Conference in 2014. Two meetings have taken place in Happy Valley (2014 & 2016), while the 2015 contest was held in Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.

At 9-2 overall, Penn State is seeking to secure back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 2008 and 2009.

Penn State is coming off a prolific offensive performance, gaining 609 yards of total offense and scoring 56 points in a win over Nebraska. Leading the effort was running back Saquon Barkley, who was named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three rushing touchdowns in the first half and totaling 224 yards from scrimmage. The touchdowns were enough to make him Penn State’s career rushing touchdown record holder. Quarterback Trace McSorley was also a major contributor, responsible for four touchdowns with three passing scores and one rushing, and throwing for 325 yards to tie a Penn State career record for 300-yard throwing efforts.

Maryland is facing its third ranked opponent in as many weeks and sixth of the season. The Terps have a pair of playmakers on offense, as running back Ty Johnson is among the conference leaders in all-purpose yards and second only to Barkley in kick returns, while DJ Moore is the conference’s leading receiver, despite having his third starting quarterback of the season, as injuries sidelined two early in the season.

Penn State will await a bowl invitation, which will be announced Sunday, Dec. 3, and focus on final exams.

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