BALTIMORE (AP) – Christian Hackenberg threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns, and Penn State beat Maryland 31-30 on Saturday to spoil the debut of interim coach Mike Locksley.
Although Hackenberg completed only 13 passes, many of them were big-gainers. Chris Godwin had four catches for 135 yards and DaeSean Hamilton totaled 96 yards on his five receptions.
Hackenberg became the school career leader in completions (608) and yards passing (7,453), displacing Zach Mills in both categories.
Penn State (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) improved to 36-2-1 against the Terps, but Maryland’s determined effort before a spirted crowd of 68,948 could help turn this into a regional rivalry. Penn State is now bowl eligible.
Locksley was promoted from offensive coordinator after head coach Randy Edsall was fired on Oct. 11. Although Maryland (2-5, 0-3) led in the fourth quarter and played its best game in a month, the result was all too familiar.
Maryland kicks a field goal to shrink the Penn State’s lead by 1. Penn State has a 31-30 lead With little more than 10 minutes remaining.
Penn State scores early in the 4th quarter to take a 31-27 lead over Maryland with 13 minutes remaining the in game.
Maryland scores late in the 3rd quarter to take the lead 27-24 heading into the 4th quarter.
Christian Hackenberg broke a school passing record with throwing nearly 200 yards in the first half. ABC27 will have more details following the game.