New Era of Football Begins in Maryland

By EFN Staff
Published: 10/23/2015

Penn State Nittany Lions (5-2) at Maryland Terrapins (2-4)

Kickoff Time: Saturday, October 24, 3:30 PM
Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

The Mike Locksley era will begin Saturday after Randy Edsall was relieved of his duties by Maryland. Thanks to a bye week, the Terrapins have had two weeks to adjust to the coaching change and prepare for a Penn State team that will be looking to rebound after it had its five-game winning streak snapped by No. 1 Ohio State last weekend.

Players to watch
  • Nittany Lions defensive end Carl Nassib has emerged as a candidate for National Defensive Player of the Year, leading the FBS with 11.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for a loss and five forced fumbles. The senior has tallied at least one sack in every game this season and has four multi-sack games.
  • Perry Hills’ 170 rushing yards against Ohio State last weekend set a new program record for Terrapins quarterbacks. The junior also completed 10-of-27 passes for 133 yards and two interceptions, while contributing one touchdown through the air and another two on the ground.

Key Stats

  • Penn State holds a commanding 35-2-1 lead in the all-time series, but Maryland won last season’s meeting 20-19.
  • Quarterback Christian Hackenberg needs just 74 yards passing, 11 completions and 29 attempts to become the Nittany Lions’ all-time leader in each of those categories.
  • Maryland has thrown a FBS-high 17 interceptions while recording just eight of their own this season.
  • The Nittany Lions are averaging nearly twice as many passing yards per game in their victories (203.8) as they do in their defeats (111.5).
  • While the Terrapins rank 13th in the Big Ten in total defense, they rank ninth in the nation with an average of 3.33 sacks per game.