Larry Washington says he will stay. Raphael Wall says he might go.
As the doubt continues about coach Joe Krivak's future, two of Maryland's top recruits from a year ago are making plans.
Both Washington, from Randallstown High, and Wall, from Wilde Lake, were high school All-Americans last year, and have played for the Terps this season. Before yesterday, Washington has had rushed 37 times for 145 yards and Wall only seven times for 20.
FTC But yesterday, Wall rushed six times for 26 yards and returned nine kickoffs for 159 yards as Maryland lost to Penn State, 47-7. He scored Maryland's only touchdown on an 11-yard run in the fourth period.
Krivak is expected to meet with athletic director Andy Geiger at the end of the season to determine his future status. At that time, they will also evaluate the program.
Washington said: "I came here to play for the University of Maryland, not a coach, so I plan on staying here."
Wall said: "I planned to stay at Maryland, but if Coach K goes, I might think about transferring. Coach K is a good coach, and it's not his fault that we're down. Right now we don't know what the problem is, we can't seem to put our finger on it. But in time, we'll work it out, as a team."
Wall said he was ecstatic after scoring his first collegiate touchdown yesterday.
"It was just like old times, when I was back in high school," said Wall.
* This was a showcase game in his home state for Richie Anderson, and the native of Sandy Spring, a Washington suburb, made the most of it.
The junior tailback out of Sherwood High came in as Penn State's leading rusher and raced for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries to raise his season total to 476 yards. Anderson had made four starts, and coach Joe Paterno said Baltimore's Memorial Stadium was a dandy place for a fifth.
"He was coming home and got a hot hand," Paterno said. "He was ready for a good game. He's been developing confidence all along."
Said Anderson, "I wanted to come home and have some fun. I did. It was no pressure, just fun. Especially in the first quarter. I like to carry consistently."
In the first quarter alone, Anderson ran 10 times for 72 yards and a score.
Anderson is one of three Marylanders who have started for Penn State this year. The others are nose tackle Tyoka Jackson (Forestville) and linebacker Brett Wright (Pomfret).
* While Maryland players admitted to being outmatched by Penn State, it still didn't stop the Terps from being disappointed.
"This is all frustrating after the success we had last season," said Maryland senior defensive tackle Larry Webster. "I don't like getting beat this bad, and the worst part is that I don't get another shot at Penn State."
Maryland junior inside linebacker Dave Marrone said: "To get all psyched up and to come out and see this happen, well, it hurts. It really hurts."
* Terry Smith set a Penn State single-season record for receiving yards with 729 after catching three passes for 82 against the Terps. The record was established by Ken Jackson in 1987. Smith's 54-yard reception set up Penn State's third-quarter TD.
"It was just a 5-yard hitch pattern," Smith said. "I made the first guy miss, and then the second, and was off to the races."
NOTES: Old No. 19, John Unitas, made the coin toss before the kickoff. Young No. 19, Penn State's Tony Sacca, threw for 198 yards and a TD. . . . For Paterno, it was career win No. 237, putting him 1 behind Woody Hayes of Ohio State on the list of all-time Division I-A leaders. Hayes is No. 4 behind Pop Warner (313), Amos Alonzo Stagg (314) and Bear Bryant (323). . . . It wasn't until midway through the fourth quarter that the Terps got a chance to add to their Atlantic Coast Conference record for consecutive extra points. After Wall ran in from 11 yards for the lone Maryland score, Dan DeArmas kicked Maryland's 177th straight extra point. The mark was initiated in 1984. The NCAA record is 262 by Syracuse from 1978-89. . . . Webster led Maryland with 12 tackles yesterday, and had 2 sacks. Terps junior inside linebacker Mike Jarmolowich had 11. . . Krivak tried to jump-start his offense using a 2-back set and unbalanced line occasionally . . . Maryland wore all black uniforms for the first time ever.