By Michael Donovan
Penn State made it look easy today in Beaver Stadium.
Saquan Barkley ran for 202 yards, Trace McSorley threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Nits beat Maryland 38-14.
McSorley (above) accounted for 233 total yards, throwing for 152 and rushing for 81 as the Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) had a season-high 524 total yards and snapped Maryland’s five game win streak.
Penn State limited Maryland (4-1, 1-1) to 270 total yards, including 170 on the ground. The Terps came in averaging 300 rushing yards per game in victories over Howard, Florida International, Central Florida and Purdue.
Maryland was forced to play without veteran quarterback Perry Hills during the second half; Hills was injured on a second-quarter keeper deep in Penn State territory.
Penn State penalties and a Barkley fumble enabled the Terps to stay within striking distance until McSorley hooked up with DeAndre Thompkins on a 70-yard scoring pass late in the third quarter to make it 31-14. Freshman Miles Sanders added a 25-yard scoring run late in the game.
Penn State has gotten off to slow starts in each of its games this season. The Nittany Lions shook that off with a seven-play, 84-yard scoring drive on its opening possession that featured four plays of 17 yards or more. On Maryland’s ensuing possession, Penn State recorded back-to-back sacks on Hills by Garrett Sickels and Evan Schwan for a loss of 17 yards, forcing a punt. The Lions rang up 293 first-half yards.