Penn State Football: keys to success against the Maryland Terrapins

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 05: Ji'Ayir Brown #16 of the Penn State Nittany Lions on the field in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on November 05, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 05: Ji'Ayir Brown #16 of the Penn State Nittany Lions on the field in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on November 05, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /
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BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 05: Sean Clifford #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions directs his team in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on November 05, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 05: Sean Clifford #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions directs his team in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on November 05, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

Don’t let turnovers snowball

Penn State has turned the ball over in the first quarter in each of the last three games. In two of those games, that would turn out to be their only turnover of the game. In the other, three more turnovers would follow throughout the course of the game.

It’s not a coincidence that they went 2-1 in those games, with that loss being in the game in which they turned the ball over four times.

Where you choose to direct your blame for some of these turnovers is irrelevant. What’s important is that regardless of who may be at fault for a turnover in this game, this offense can’t let it snowball into more turnovers.

If Sean Clifford throws an interception, don’t throw another one. If a running back fumbles the ball, don’t let it happen again. If an offensive lineman lets their defender deflect a pass that winds up an interception or gets beat on a play that results in a strip sack, don’t get beat again.

Don’t let one mistake turn into another.

In a perfect world, the Nittany Lions wouldn’t turn the ball over at all in this one, but it’s football and turnovers are bound to happen. So, if/when a turnover does occur, keep it at just that one. As long as Penn State doesn’t gift the Terrapins the ball with good starting field position multiple times, this game should go according to plan for the guys in blue and white.

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