Immediate Postgame Observations: Penn State vs Maryland

Sean Clifford becomes Penn State’s all-time leader in passing yardage

STATE COLLEGE – There’s a new face atop a notable Penn State statistical category. Quarterback Sean Clifford broke the school’s all-time passing yardage record, surpassing Trace McSorley with 1,902.

Sean Clifford, who finished 12-23 with 139 yards and a TD, isn’t new to breaking records at Penn State. Clifford holds the record for passing touchdowns, completions, attempts, and completion percentage.

Going into today’s matchup against Maryland, Clifford needed just 16 yards to accomplish this feat. Clifford broke the record on a 16-yard completion to Brenton Strange.

Forecast calls Nick Singleton’s name, Singleton answers

The pregame forecast called for scattered light rain throughout the contest. The typical counter to this is a heavy dose of the running game; fortunately for Penn State, they have backs capable of carrying this load.

Freshman duo Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen combined for 195 rushing yards on 27 attempts on the day. Singleton ran with pure aggression in the first half, putting his shoulder down and embracing contact.

Singleton’s two touchdowns on the night came on eerily identical plays. Both plays saw the offense lined up in the famous T formation on fourth-and-one, and Nick Singleton shoot the gap on a massive gain for a touchdown, the first for 45-yards and the second for 27.

Week by week, Nick Singleton makes his case as one of the best emerging backs in all of college football.

Penn State’s defense makes statement

Chop Robinson certainly had a heightened motivation going against his former team. Like many transfers, Robinson’s tenure in Maryland did not end well.

The motivation had to have carried over to his teammates, who wasted no time getting after Maryland QB Taulia Tagovailoa. The first quarter was a nightmare for Tagovailoa, who was sacked two times and finished the quarter going 2-6 with five passing yards.

Maryland’s offense tallied 27 total yards in the first half and finished with 134 to Penn State’s 413. Penn State’s defense ended with nine TFLs and seven sacks. This is Penn State’s first shutout of the year, winning 30-0.

Chop Robinson and his defensive teammates were seen jawing at Maryland numerous times throughout the game. The defense played like a unit with a point to prove, and prove it they did; pretty impressive considering they were missing Curtis Jacobs and Joey Porter J.R

Andre Monroe covers Penn State Football for Insider Institute. Follow him on Twitter @amonroe_ and Contact him at

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s