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Maryland game-day digest: Penn State

Maryland quarterback Perry Hills (11) looks to pass against Bowling Green during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in College Park, Md. Bowling Green won 48-27.
Maryland quarterback Perry Hills (11) looks to pass against Bowling Green during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in College Park, Md. Bowling Green won 48-27. (Nick Wass / Associated Press)

It's the start of a new era for Maryland when the Terps face off with Penn State at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Interim coach Mike Locksley will make his coaching debut for Maryland after Randy Edsall's firing almost two weeks ago. The Terps lost their last game at No. 1 Ohio State, 49-28, and they're on a three-game losing streak. Penn State fell to the Buckeyes, 38-10, last week.

Game 7: Penn State (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten)

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Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN with Dave LaMont (play-by-play), Ray Bentley (analyst) and Dawn Davenport (sideline)

Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM with Johnny Holiday (play-by-play), Tim Strachan (anaylst) and Scott McBrien (analyst)

Forecast: 62 degress, 62 percent humidity, partly cloudy

Line: Penn State by 6 1/2

Team captains: Wes Brown (offense), Quinton Jefferson (defense) and Will Likely (special teams)

Flag bearers: Anthony Nixon (American) and Yannick Ngakoue (Maryland)

Last week: Maryland had its bye; Penn State lost at No. 1 Ohio State, 38-10

Series: Penn State leads, 35-2-1. Maryland won last year's meeting, 20-19, at State College, Pa.

Maryland players to watch: Interim coach Mike Locksley has thrown his support behind quarterback Perry Hills, who ran for 170 yards against Ohio State, and the coaching staff is tailoring its game plan for him. Defensive ends Yannick Ngakoue and Jesse Aniebonam could have a big day pressuring Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg, while linebackers Jermaine Carter Jr., Jalen Brook and Avery Thompson will have to make some plays to stop the run.

Penn State players to watch: Quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been sacked 24 times this year, but the Nittany Lions appear to have found a future star in freshman running back Saquon Barkley. If either gets going, the Maryland defense could be in for a long afternoon. Defensively, defensive end Carl Nassib and defensive tackle Anthony Zettel have terrorized opposing quarterbacks this season.

For updates: Follow Maryland football beat writer Daniel Gallen on Twitter at @danieljtgallen.

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