No suspense in 'The End' for Terps Nittany Lions complete series with 35-1-1 record

October 04, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- It was not the kind of impression Maryland wanted to leave with Penn State.

The schools have no more scheduled meetings, and after the Nittany Lions' 70-7 rout of the Terps Saturday night, Maryland isn't exactly itching to revive a series in which it trails 35-1-1. Penn State outclassed the winless Terps while dealing them their second-worst loss ever.

"We got hit pretty good," Maryland coach Mark Duffner said yesterday. "We had more emphasis on fundamentals last week than in any other week this season, but that didn't appear to be the case in the game."

The Terps' motto last week was The End of the Lion, and they saw quite a bit of the Nittany Lions' backsides.

Penn State racked up nine touchdowns, two field goals and a safety to become only the second team to score 70 points against Maryland. It was 25-0 after 17 minutes and 46-7 at the half.

"I don't like games like this," Penn State coach Joe Paterno said. "A game like this doesn't prove anything."

Wrong, coach. It proved that the Nittany Lions are bigger, stronger, older and deeper.

How badly did they knock the Terps off the ball? Free safety Lamont Gore had 14 tackles, 10 more than Maryland's two starting inside linebackers combined.

Maryland has given up an average of 53.8 points and 605.8 yards. The Nittany Lions, who had five backs with at least 52 yards rushing and a total of 526 yards on the ground, expected to score often against a defense with seven starters in their first year in Division I-A.

The mildly surprising aspect was provided by the Penn State defense, which shut down the Scott Milanovich-led passing attack that had kept Maryland in three of its first four games.

"It was just frustrating from the very beginning," said Milanovich, who was sacked five times and intercepted three times.

"I never felt like I could really get into a rhythm. The whole offense felt that way."

The Terps were intimidated by unbeaten (5-0) Penn State, which has two weeks to prepare for its first Big Ten showdown, against Michigan. Maryland missed tackles and blocks, blew assignments and had receivers who ran 8-yard routes on third-and-nine.

Even the plays Maryland executed properly turned negative. Linebacker Mike Settles sniffed out a Penn State reverse for a 4-yard loss in the first quarter, but the Nittany Lions were awarded a first down when true freshman Andreal Johnson finished the play with a late hit.

The Terps are 0-5 for the first time since 1970, and they need to win at Georgia Tech on Saturday to avoid the program's first 0-6 record since the 1967 team went 0-9. The Yellow Jackets also have struggled and were whipped 51-0 by No. 1 Florida State on Saturday. Even though the Seminoles come to Byrd Stadium Nov. 6, the Terps' last six games don't offer as many prospective routs as the first five did.

"We were looking for something positive to say in the locker room, and we talked about the second season," Duffner said.

"We've got to bounce back. What else can you do?"

TERPS' WORST DEFEATS

Year ... ... ... ... Opponent ... Score

1913 ... ... ... ... Navy ... ... 76-0

1993 ... ... ... ... Penn State .. 70-7

1892 ... ... ... ... Johns Hopkins .. 62-0

1917 ... ... ... ... Navy ... ... ... 62-0

1908 ... ... ... ... Navy ... ... ... 57-0

1917 ... ... ... ... Penn State .. .. 57-0

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