By Gianna Galli
For the Mirror
UNIVERSITY PARK — An 0-2 Penn State staff got here in as a heavy favourite towards Maryland on Saturday, however the Terrapins have been the one staff holding any weight in Beaver Stadium.
Sophomore quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa led Maryland to an 45-44 time beyond regulation victory towards Minnesota, and on Saturday, he added a 35-19 victory over the Nittany Lions that brightened the Terps’ outlook for his or her current and future.
Tagovailoa accomplished 18 of 26 for 282 yards and three touchdowns.
“He’s changing into a greater participant every sport,” receiver Dontay Demus stated. “He’s making an attempt to do every little thing he can to assist us transfer ahead. If he retains enjoying like tonight, he’s going to be probably the greatest gamers ever.”
Maryland coach Mike Locksley didn’t disguise his enthusiasm in regards to the win, which improved Maryland to 2-1. It was simply the Terps’ third win over Penn State in 44 conferences.
“It’s a troublesome place to win, as everyone knows, however we put them in robust conditions, performed man protection and received the sphere place battle,” he stated. “We’re taking it as one win, a giant one, particularly for our younger staff. To come back up right here in State School and win a sport towards a standard energy like Penn State, I’m completely satisfied for our gamers.
“On offense we needed to execute versus their stress, and on protection we needed to power some turnovers and power the quarterback (Sean Clifford) to throw the soccer, and I assume a 3rd — win the sphere place battle on kickoff. All three went our method.”
Broad receivers Demus and Rakim Jarrett mixed 4 touchdowns of 30-plus yards. Jarrett completed with 5 catches for 144 yards and two TDs (42 and 62) that gave the Terps a 14-0 lead.
“I really despatched Rakim a textual content message as we have been leaving the lodge, difficult him like, ‘Hey we introduced you right here to make performs and what an excellent day and nice alternative to do it right here at this time,’ and he got here via,” Locksley stated.
Jarrett, a real freshman, has set the tone for what Maryland needs its program to seem like.
“It was thrilling to see him get that first tuddy (landing) beneath his belt, however he bought two at this time, and that’s even higher,” Demus stated. “I anticipated that. He’s simply that sort of man.”
On the flip aspect, the Terrapins’ protection left Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford in a puzzle.
“I referred to as the staff up initially of the fourth quarter and reminded them it’s in regards to the end, I believed protection did a greater job with that,” Locksley stated. “The defensive aspect of the ball gave us nice subject place.”
Maryland sophomore security Nick Cross completed with eight tackles and one sack. He pressured the fumble from Clifford that teammate Probability Campbell returned 34 yards for a landing and a 35-7 lead within the third quarter.
“All the defensive coaches had us give attention to having a way of urgency, the precise mindset,” Cross stated. “We simply must play quick and bodily and we could possibly be an excellent protection. The attitudes these younger guys come to observe with translate into large moments like this.”
Gianna Galli is a Mirror intern helping with Penn State soccer protection.
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