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Maryland-Penn State rivalry

Maryland–Penn State football rivalry
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First Meeting November 17, 1917
Last Meeting October 2, 1993
Next Meeting November 1, 2014
Number of Meetings 37
All-Time Series Penn State: 35–1–1
Current Streak Penn State: Won 4

The Maryland–Penn State football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Maryland Terrapins football team of the University of Maryland and Penn State Nittany Lions football team of the Pennsylvania State University.

Series history

The two teams first played in 1917. Penn State has thoroughly dominated this series throughout its entire existence, with Maryland winning only a single game and holding Penn State to a single tie. Penn State's record in the series is 35–1–1, with the longest winning streak being 24 games between 1962–88. The last game was played in 1993, when the series had run uninterrupted since 1984.

Penn State and Maryland met in briefly interrupted stretches between 1917 and 1993, with a near-consecutive run played all but three years between 1960 and 1993. The teams have not met since, most likely due to the disproportionate nature of the series. However, the one-sided record belies what was often a competitive match-up until its final years. While Maryland only compiled one win and one tie, numerous games were narrowly lost by missed field goals and turnovers. In 1985, for example, Maryland missed three field goals to eventually lose 20–18.[1] In 1975, a field goal attempt by placekicker Mike Sochko hit the upright with less than a minute remaining, and Maryland lost, 15–13.[2]

Aside from the painful memories for Maryland, both schools compete aggressively for recruits in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area and southeastern Pennsylvania.[3] When they did play, the game held recruiting implications for the entire mid-Atlantic. A more recent example of the recruiting competition is Baltimore-area player Antonio Logan-El, who made a verbal commitment to Maryland, but ultimately signed with Penn State on live television in 2006.[4][5] Penn State secured a large number of recruits from the Baltimore-Washington area with its 2006 class, including the 11th-overall 2009 NFL Draft pick, defensive end Aaron Maybin of Ellicott City, Maryland,[6] who had considered attending Maryland.[3]

Prior to Maryland's announcement to join the Big Ten, former Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen and Penn State athletic spokesman Jeff Nelson had previously stated that the schools had undergone discussions in an attempt to schedule a rematch. Maryland and Penn State were unable to agree on the terms for a revival.[7][8] In 2008, Maryland officials alleged that Penn State demanded a two-to-one ratio of home games, which Penn State officials denied.[9] Then new Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall looked forward to a resumption of the rivalry in 2011 [10]

On November 19, 2012, Maryland announced that it would be joining the Big Ten Conference, effective July 1, 2014. The Terrapins will be placed in the East Division with the Nittany Lions, ensuring that the rivalry will resume on a yearly basis.[11] The first rematch will be at Beaver Stadium on November 1, 2014.

Game results

Maryland victories are shaded in red. Penn State victories are shaded in blue. Ties are white.

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series
November 17, 1917 State College, PA Penn State 57 Maryland 0 PSU 1–0
November 13, 1937 State College, PA Penn State 21 Maryland 14 PSU 2–0
October 1, 1938 State College, PA Penn State 33 Maryland 0 PSU 3–0
November 4, 1939 State College, PA Penn State 12 Maryland 0 PSU 4–0
October 23, 1943 College Park, MD Penn State 45 Maryland 0 PSU 5–0
November 18, 1944 State College, PA Penn State 34 Maryland 19 PSU 6–0
November 5, 1960 State College, PA Penn State 28 Maryland 9 PSU 7–0
November 4, 1961 College Park, MD Maryland 21 Penn State 17 PSU 7–1
November 3, 1962 State College, PA Penn State 23 Maryland 7 PSU 8–1
November 2, 1963 College Park, MD Penn State 17 Maryland 15 PSU 9–1
October 31, 1964 State College, PA Penn State 17 Maryland 9 PSU 10–1
December 4, 1965 College Park, MD Penn State 19 Maryland 7 PSU 11–1
September 17, 1966 State College, PA Penn State 15 Maryland 7 PSU 12–1
November 4, 1967 College Park, MD Penn State 38 Maryland 3 PSU 13–1
November 16, 1968 College Park, MD Penn State 57 Maryland 13 PSU 14–1
November 15, 1969 State College, PA Penn State 48 Maryland 0 PSU 15–1
November 7, 1970 College Park, MD Penn State 34 Maryland 0 PSU 16–1
November 6, 1971 State College, PA Penn State 63 Maryland 27 PSU 17–1
November 4, 1972 State College, PA Penn State 46 Maryland 16 PSU 18–1
November 3, 1973 College Park, MD Penn State 42 Maryland 22 PSU 19–1
November 2, 1974 State College, PA Penn State 24 Maryland 17 PSU 20–1
November 1, 1975 College Park, MD Penn State 15 Maryland 13 PSU 21–1
September 24, 1977 State College, PA Penn State 27 Maryland 9 PSU 22–1
November 4, 1978 State College, PA Penn State 27 Maryland 3 PSU 23–1
October 6, 1979 College Park, MD Penn State 27 Maryland 7 PSU 24–1
October 11, 1980 College Park, MD Penn State 24 Maryland 10 PSU 25–1
September 11, 1982 State College, PA Penn State 39 Maryland 31 PSU 26–1
October 6, 1984 State College, PA Penn State 25 Maryland 24 PSU 27–1
September 7, 1985 College Park, MD Penn State 20 Maryland 18 PSU 28–1
November 8, 1986 State College, PA Penn State 17 Maryland 15 PSU 29–1
November 7, 1987 Baltimore, MD Penn State 21 Maryland 16 PSU 30–1
November 5, 1988 State College, PA Penn State 17 Maryland 10 PSU 31–1
November 11, 1989 Baltimore, MD Maryland 13 Penn State 13 PSU 31–1–1
November 10, 1990 State College, PA Penn State 24 Maryland 10 PSU 32–1–1
November 9, 1991 Baltimore, MD Penn State 47 Maryland 7 PSU 33–1–1
September 26, 1992 State College, PA Penn State 49 Maryland 13 PSU 34–1–1
October 2, 1993 College Park, MD Penn State 70 Maryland 7 PSU 35–1–1

See also

  1. Maryland Terrapins football
  2. Penn State Nittany Lions football
  3. List of NCAA college football rivalry games

References

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