By Harry Allison

Penn State continues its quest for a meaningful bowl tomorrow at home against Big 10 rival Maryland.

The Nits are a two-touchdown favorite against a Maryland team that the Lions have routed the past two seasons. But the Terps have an emerging star at running back and the Lions have struggled to stop the run at times this season.

Here are some players and positions to watch:


Penn State: Fifth-year senior Trace McSorley (9) is making his final appearance at Beaver Stadium. He won his 30th game against Rutgers, most ever by a Penn State QB. Don’t forget about Tommy Stevens (2), who ran for 113 yards and three touchdowns against Maryland last season.

Maryland: The Terps lost Kasim Hill to a knee injury a couple of weeks ago and the next man up is redshirt sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome (3). Pigrome, who is not much of a threat to run, threw for 181 yards and a touchdown last week against Ohio State.


Penn State: Miles Sanders (24) is coming off a 27-carry, 88-yard game against Rutgers and the junior lost another fumble late in that game. After some big runs early in the season, we haven’t seen much from true freshman Ricky Slade (4).

Maryland: Slowing down redshirt freshman Anthony McFarland (5)will be the Penn State defense’s top priority. He has run for more than 500 yards in the Terps’ last two games, including a 298-yard effort against the Ohio State Buckeyes.


Penn State: The Lions’ defensive backfield features a pair of fifth-year players in CB Amani Oruwariye (21) and S Nick Scott (4). With Maryland’s offense geared around feeding the ball to Anthony McFarland (5), the tackling skills of PSU’s corners and safeties will be put to the test.

Maryland: The Terrapins have some experience on the back end with senior CB RaVon Davis (2) and junior S Darnell Savage (4) but this group has struggled of late. Indiana and Ohio State combined to produce 648 passing yards and five touchdowns the last two weeks. Davis, however, did return an interception for a touchdown against Ohio State.


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