Penn State at Maryland: Halftime Thoughts

By Barry Leonard on September 27, 2019 at 9:51 pm
Sep 14, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin walks on the field during a warm up practice prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Beaver Stadium.
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Conference road games are always tough, especially when they fall on a Friday night. Well, nobody gave Penn State that memo. The Nittany Lions came out hot tonight at Maryland and haven't taken their foot off of the gas for a second. Penn State leads Maryland 38-0 at the break.

An interception and two touchdowns on just four offensive plays to open the game got things going in a big way for the Nittany Lions. Outside of the ejection of linebacker Micah Parsons for targeting, it was a great half for the Nittany Lions.

There's still plenty of game left, but James Franklin has to be happy with how his team has started.

  • Penn State has a chip on its shoulder. After hearing about how prolific the Maryland offense has been this year, the Nittany Lions have shown they want no part of adding to that reputation. The Nittany Lions are making it clear that they want to make a statement by demolishing the Terps.
  • Maryland talked a big game coming into this one, but the first half was the worst start possible for the Terps. Aside from giving up big plays, the Terps appeared undisciplined and will be behind the eight-ball with the loss of several key players.
  • After struggling in his last start against Pitt, quarterback Sean Clifford has looked great. He was in full control of the offense, and outside of a late interception, was a key for the Nittany Lions. Clifford completed 12 of 15 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a score with his legs. The offense as a whole has already racked up 19 (!) first downs.
  • Guess how many times Blake Gillikin punted in the first half. Did you guess zero? The answer is zero.

Penn State is hitting on all cylinders right now. Let's hope that it continues in the second half.

First Half Highlights