After its move to the Big Ten Conference, Maryland gets the opportunity to play in some of the most venerable venues in college football: The Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich.; The Horseshoe in Columbus, Ohio; Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley. The massive crowds and history add another dimension to the contests.
Against Penn State on Saturday, the Terps had the opportunity to play in a different kind of stadium but still on a significant stage at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens. The announced crowd of 68,948 was largely split between Terps and Nittany Lions supporters, with both teams getting a home field advantage at different points.
"I thought it was a great crowd — the ebb and flow of the game, both sides, fans being heavily involved," interim coach Mike Locksley said. "I enjoyed coming up here. I know our team does. We've got a passionate Baltimore fan base that we need to continue to come up and try to facilitate them to be a part of our program and we'll continue to do as much as we can. I really enjoyed the atmosphere."
Entering the game, the Terps were excited for the opportunity to play in a pro stadium. For some, it was their first time playing at one. And they knew that playing in Baltimore, where some of them hail from, was important.
"This is home," defensive end Yannick Ngakoue said. "It was great to play in an NFL stadium. It was a great atmosphere. Penn State fans, Maryland fans, it was very fun."
Other notes from Penn State's 31-30 win over Maryland:
>> Quarterback Perry Hills, who rushed for 124 yards, became the first Maryland player to rush for more than 100 yards in back-to-back games since C.J. Brown in 2011. Hills rushed for a quarterback-record 170 yards against Ohio State on Oct. 10.
>> Maryland's 466 yards of offense was their second highest total this season. They put up 479 yards in the season opener against Richmond.
>> Cornerback Sean Davis forced his fifth fumble of the season, which ranks second in Maryland history.
>> Wide receiver Malcolm Culmer had a career-high 65 receiving yards.
>> Wide receiver DeAndre Lane caught his first career touchdown.
>> Kicker Brad Craddock matched his career high of three field goals for the eighth time in his career.
>> Penn State cornerback and Calvert Hall graduate Trevor Williams intercepted Hills in the fourth quarter.