Penn State Sneaks By Maryland 31-30

By EFN Staff
Published: 10/25/2015

Penn State 31  Maryland 30

Maryland moved the ball but turned it over five times. Penn State took advantage and the narrow victory moved the Nittany Lions to 3-1 in conference play while the Terrapins remain winless in the Big Ten.

Player of the game

  • Nittany Lions senior quarterback Christian Hackenberg completed 13 of 29 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns and most importantly in an error-riddled game, avoided throwing any interceptions.

Key stats

  • Penn State improved to 36-2-1 in the all-time series and avenged last season’s 20-19 loss to Maryland.
  • Hackenberg is now Penn State’s all-time leader in passing yardage (7,453), completions (608) and attempts (1,082).
  • Maryland quarterback Perry Hills completed 19 of 28 passes for 225 yards while throwing three interceptions, but also led the Terrapins in rushing for a second-straight week with 128 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.
  • Both schools struggled on third down with Penn State converting 3 of 12 chances and Maryland converting just 4 of 13 of its own.
  • Maryland dominated time of possession 36:16 to 23:14 and outgained Penn State 470-363.
  • Nittany Lions sophomore receiver Chris Godwin recorded his second-straight 100-yard receiving performance, catching four passes for a season-high 135 yards and a touchdown.

Key play

  • Hackenberg connected with junior receiver Geno Lewis on a 27-yard touchdown pass with 13:39 remaining that proved to be the game-winning score.

Up next

Maryland vs. Iowa (10/31)

Penn State vs. Illinois (10/31)