There were a lot of Maryland football fans scratching their heads after the Terps refused to shake hands with their Penn State counterparts during the coin toss before Saturday's game and also were hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for their pregame behavior.
Maryland kicker Brad Craddock hit a go-ahead field goal with 51 seconds remaining and the Terrapins' defense followed with one last stop to pull of a 20-19 win over Penn State at Beaver Stadium on Saturday.
While Hackenberg has more interceptions (9) than touchdown passes (6) in seven games this season, he threw for 2,955 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a true freshman last season after signing with Penn State as a five-star recruit.
Adrian Amos, a Penn State senior who played under Davis at Calvert Hall, is one of three players from Baltimore County who could play a key role when Maryland faces the Nittany Lions Saturday in State College, Pa. Donovan Smith (Owings Mills) is Penn State's starting left tackle. Trevor Williams (Calvert Hall) is a starting cornerback.
Penn State's 4-0 start this season might have led some to believe that new coach James Franklin was simply putting the finishing touch on a masterful rebuilding job former coach Bill O'Brien started before he left for the Houston Texans after only two years.
After being limited to 175 yards of total offense during a 52-7 loss to Wisconsin last week, the Terps are preparing to face one of the top-ranked defenses in the country when they travel to Penn State on Saturday.
On Sunday, Maryland coach Randy Edsall shared some thoughts and feelings with his players stemming from the 52-7 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday and mostly just called for the Terps to put the game behind them and move forward.
The Terps (4-1) appear to be coming together and playing their best football of the season as they head into a challenging second half of their schedule that includes games against Big Ten powers like Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State.
Maryland's Sal Conaboy is used to being in the middle of controlled chaos, whether it meant growing up as the second youngest of eight siblings near Scranton, Pa., or as the starting center the past two seasons on ther Terps' endlessly revolving offensive line.
Quince Orchard defensive tackle Adam McLean cannot sign a letter of intent until February, but the rising senior orally committed to Penn State in April because he wanted to help the Nittany Lions build their 2015 recruiting class.
In May, new Penn State coach James Franklin drew the ire of Maryland coach Randy Edsall and fans of Terps football when he voiced his plans to consistently land the top recruits from the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area.
Former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin has already traded words with current Terrapins coach Randy Edsall this offseason. The new Penn State coach also apparently doesn¿t have much of a relationship with his former boss at Maryland, Ralph Friedgen.
Now that it's part of the Big Ten Conference, the University of Maryland will play Penn State this upcoming football season on Nov. 1st, giving fans their first real shot at a solid football rivalry in years.
The Big Ten Conference announced the sites and weekends of the 2015 men's and women's lacrosse conference schedules Tuesday, the same day that Maryland and Rutgers officially joined the conference as full members and Johns Hopkins came on board as an affiliate member in men's lacrosse.