Untamed Lions drive Terps mad Repeated marches key Penn State's 47-7 domination

November 10, 1991|By Mike Preston

A chart listing Penn State's largest margins of victory over Maryland in football was incorrect as printed in yesterday's Sun. Missing were scores of 57-13 in 1968, 63-27 in 1971 and 38-3 in 1967.

+ The Sun regrets the errors.

There were no more miracles left on 33rd Street yesterday.

In perhaps its last football game at Memorial Stadium, Maryland was routed by No. 9 Penn State, 47-7, before 57,416.

Maryland has played Penn State tough in the past seven years, losing six games by a total of 31 points and managing a 13-13 tie in 1989. But yesterday it was no contest.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

Penn State (8-2) had 480 yards of total offense compared with 210 for Maryland (2-7). The Nittany Lions had touchdown drives of 80, 67, 52 and 97 yards. Maryland advanced to the Penn State 30 only three times, and didn't score a touchdown until 6 minutes, 56 seconds were left in the game. Penn State averaged 6.5 yards per play, Maryland 3.4. The Nittany Lions had 131 punt return yards, including O.J. McDuffie's 60-yarder for a touchdown. The Terps had 17 yards in three returns.

And on and on it goes.

"Last week, there were a lot of questions about guys giving effort," said Maryland senior center Mitch Suplee. "We were chastised. This week, there is no need for chastisement. We gave effort; we just got beat by a better team. Forty points better? I don't know. But better? Yes."

The loss was the worst for Maryland in the 35-game series since 1969, when Penn State won, 48-0. Penn State leads the series, 33-1-1. It was also Maryland's worst loss since a 42-0 defeat to Texas in the 1978 Sun Bowl.

Maryland coach Joe Krivak's status already is uncertain for next season, and there certainly will be more detractors after yesterday.

But Krivak, in the first year of a four-year guaranteed contract, could not be blamed yesterday, even though the Terps slipped to 2-7 for the first time since 1971.

"I thought, by and large, we had a pretty good effort from our

kids," said Krivak, 56, who has a 20-32-2 record in five seasons at Maryland. "We played with intensity and did not give up. I thought some of our young kids played pretty good. That is encouraging to see."

"But as I indicated to you before, that [Penn State] is a pretty good football team," said Krivak, whose team played without four starters because of injuries and three others who were declared academically ineligible Monday. "There are a lot of ways they can hurt you -- their depth, quality backs, big-play people on the perimeter and a guy at quarterback who can pull the trigger pretty good. That is a good football team, and it is going to go a long way."

Penn State coach Joe Paterno said: "We had some seasons when injuries and academics got us and we couldn't handle it either. Maryland beat a good Virginia team in its opener and look how well they played after that until these last few weeks. Maryland played hard, but they don't have the speed. We had more speed, which enabled us to do what we wanted to do."

There were two plays in particular in which the Nittany Lions' speed hurt Maryland. One was on McDuffie's punt return. Six Terps were in position to make the tackle, but McDuffie outran them around the right corner and down the sideline for a touchdown with 13:27 left to give Penn State a 40-0 lead.

The other play occurred when Penn State quarterback Tony Sacca, who completed 13 of 18 passes for 198 yards, threw a screen pass to fullback J.T. Morris, who got a couple of blocks and outran the Maryland secondary for a 64-yard touchdown midway in the fourth period.

But Penn State actually put Maryland away on the first offensive series of the game. The Nittany Lions went 80 yards in seven plays, as Penn State tailback Richie Anderson scored on an 11-yard run around right end.

"We were as mentally ready to play this game as we have been in the last two years," said Maryland sophomore H-back Frank Wycheck. "You could see the electricity in the locker room. But you can't fall behind a team like Penn State. They keep muscling and mauling, coming right at you."

Sacca said: "We've been stressing all week that we've got to come out and put it to them early. They always play us tough. But when you get on top of a team pretty early, especially a team that is 2-6, it tends to make them say, 'Ouch' a little bit quicker."

Maryland held Penn State on its second possession, but the Nittany Lions scored a series later, this time with Sacca throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass off a play-action fake to tight end Kyle Brady for a 14-0 lead with 2:14 left in the first period.

The Nittany Lions scored on Sacca's 1-yard run and a 26-yard field goal by Craig Fayak in the second period for a 24-0 lead at the half.

Maryland's only touchdown came on an 11-yard run by freshman running back Raphael Wall with 6:56 left. It was Maryland's first touchdown in 10 quarters.

"A lot of people are questioning me and questioning our offense for the things that we are doing, but we try to look for the positive things," said Maryland quarterback Jim Sandwisch, who completed six of 16 passes for 71 yards. "We just could not put some things together or move the ball. A lot of times, I had to throw on the run."

It could've been worse

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Maryland's worst losses to Penn State:

1917.. .. ..57-0

1969.. .. ..48-0

1943.. .. ..45-0

1991.. .. ..47-7

1970.. .. ..34-0

1938.. .. ..33-0

1972.. .. .46-16

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