With Penn State notching their first BIG10 win of the year against a supposed stud team like Maryland. It left fans thinking quite a bit of things. From the offense to the defense most of their questions I think were answered at Capital One Stadium last night In Maryland.
Sean Clifford Big Night
One of the first questions everyone was wondering about was Sean Clifford. If he can be the unquestioned leader of this team? The answer is a simple YES! With a career-high 398 yards passing, 54 yards rushing. Combining for four touchdowns tonight it’s safe to say he can lead this team to many victories. Possibly even a BIG10 title game birth.
The second thing that we may have had the answer to is K.J Hammler is pretty good at this thing called football. With an incredible 58 yard touchdown, we were shown the “Human Joystick” work. Where he is most comfortable in the open field, making defenders look silly. He leads the team tonight in receiving with 106 yards, 1 touchdown on six receptions.
Brent Pry’s Defense
One of the more scarier questions to fans were asking if Brent Pry’s young defense live up to it’s potential. I answer with an emphatic yes they can holding Maryland to a whopping 128 yards total yards. Forcing three massive takeaways, none bigger than Castro-Fields’ interception in the red zone. Ending Maryland’s chance to get back in the game.
Last but certainly not least I give you just an incredible stat from Penn State Brent Pry’s defense has given up three touchdowns in four games just let that sink in. I know it was less than the ideal competition, but this stat has to mean something now. When you shut out the fourth-best scoring offense in all of college football people will start to notice.
The four horsemen (Slade, Brown, Ford, Cain) ran for a combined total of 109 yards and three touchdowns. Blake Gillikin was only on the field three times to punt other than holding the snap for the field goals and extra points. Michah Parsons will play next week against Purdue seeing is his targeting call happened in the first quarter, and his suspension was fulfilled this game against Maryland.