Penn State Football: Trace McSorley shines in Senior Day win over Maryland

Penn State football got a big performance from its senior quarterback against Maryland. 

Senior Day 2018 for Penn State football saw a veteran player put up some big numbers during his last game at Beaver Stadium. Senior quarterback Trace McSorley shone in front of the home crowd and accounted for three touchdowns during Penn State’s 38-3 win over the Maryland Terrapins.

McSorley, still nursing a knee injury suffered a few weeks earlier, looked to be fully in charge of the game right from the start. The Nittany Lions scored on their first drive of the game, thanks to a touchdown run by McSorley.

Later in the first quarter, McSorley added a 20-yard scoring run to put the Nittany Lions up by two scores. He added a touchdown pass to tight end Pat Freiermuth in the third quarter to help put the game away.

Playing for the final time at Beaver Stadium, McSorley completed 12-of-22 passes for 230 yards and the touchdown. He also avoided any interceptions. On the ground, McSorley finished with the two scores and 64 total yards rushing.

The ground game as a whole was a strongpoint for Penn State against Maryland. The Nittany Lions racked up 310 total rushing yards, led by 128 from starting running back Miles Sanders. True freshman Ricky Slade rushed for a career-high 64 yards and added two touchdowns.

Impressive freshman KJ Hamler once again led the way for the Nittany Lions in the receiving department, catching three passes for 90 yards. Juwan Johnson, who returned from an injury, had two impressive catches for 46 yards.

Penn State was again strong on defense, holding the Terrapins to just 259 yards, including 74 on the ground. The stifling defense allowed just three points and completely shut down Maryland throughout the game.

The Nittany Lions were constantly disrupting the Maryland game plan and racked up five sacks on the day. Linebacker Cam Brown and safety Garrett Taylor both led the team with five total tackles. Defensive tackle Kevin Givens had four total tackles, including a team-high two sacks.

With the win, Penn State finished the regular season 9-3 and still has a great opportunity at nailing down a berth in a New Year’s Six game.