By Joshua Casazza
With two wins in a row, the Maryland Terrapins are off to a hot start three games into the 2020 season.
After a crushing 43-3 loss to Northwestern, the Terps upset Minnesota to get back to 1-1.
The Terps then traveled to Penn State and walked out of Beaver Stadium with a 35-19 win over the Nittany Lions.
Maryland head coach Mike Locksley described the game as a great team win in his postgame press conference and went on to say, “To come up to state college and win a game against a traditional power like Penn State, I’m happy for our players.”
The Maryland offense wasted no time getting in the end zone against Penn State. On third-and-3, Taulia Tagovailoa threw a pass to Rakim Jarrett, which Jarrett took all the way for a 42-yard Maryland touchdown.
With just 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Jarrett caught his second touchdown of the game. Jarrett finished the game with five receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns.
Jarrett is the first true freshman to have both 100 yards receiving and two touchdowns in a game since Buffalo Bills wide receiver and former Maryland Terrapin Stefon Diggs.
At one point, the Terps led the game 21-0 and went into halftime with a lead of 28-7.
Quarterback Tagovailoa had another great performance, finishing with 282 yards and three passing touchdowns. In three games, Tagovailoa has 770 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions.
In a postgame press conference, while wearing his brother Tua’s Miami Dolphins jersey, Tagovailoa said, “I feel like our whole offense, as well as our defense, I feel like we’re all finding our rhythm, like Coach says, ‘it all starts at practice.’”
Maryland safety Nick Cross had a fantastic day with one interception, one forced fumble and one sack.
The Terrapins defense was all over Penn State’s Sean Clifford, sacking him seven times and forcing two interceptions against the Nittany Lions quarterback.