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Maryland–Penn State football rivalry

Maryland–Penn State football rivalry
First Meeting November 17, 1917
Last Meeting November 1, 2014
Next Meeting October 24, 2015
Meetings 38
Series Penn State leads, 35–2–1

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


  • Series history 1
  • Game results 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Series history

The teams first played in 1917. Penn State has thoroughly dominated this series throughout its entire existence, with Maryland winning only twice and holding Penn State to a single tie. Penn State's record in the series is 35–2–1, with the longest winning streak being 24 games between 1962–88.

Penn State and Maryland met in briefly interrupted stretches between 1917 and 1993, with a near-consecutive run played all but three years (they did not meet in 1976, 1981, and 1983) 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 kicker Mike Sochko hit the upright with less than a minute left, 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 Delaware Valley.[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 committed verbally to Maryland, but ultimately signed with Penn State on live TV 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. Maryland was placed in the East Division along with Penn State, ensuring that the rivalry will be played on a yearly basis.[11] The first rematch was at Beaver Stadium on November 1, 2014. At the coin toss the captains of the Maryland team refused to shake hands with the Penn State captains. They were also given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty as a result of a pregame scuffle after the Penn State players ran through Maryland's warm-ups.[12] The Terrapins won 20–19 on a late fourth quarter 41 yard field goal by Brad Craddock.[13] Maryland wider receiver Stefon Diggs, coach Randy Edsall, and Athletic Director Kevin Anderson made public apologies to the Penn State President, coaching staff and players after being rebuked by the Big 10 conference.[14]

Game results

Maryland's victory is shaded ██ red. Penn State victories are shaded ██ blue. Ties are white.
Date Site Winning team Losing team Series
November 17, 1917 State College, PA Penn State 57 Maryland 0 Penn State 1–0
November 13, 1937 State College, PA Penn State 21 Maryland 14 Penn State 2–0
October 1, 1938 State College, PA Penn State 33 Maryland 0 Penn State 3–0
November 4, 1939 State College, PA Penn State 12 Maryland 0 Penn State 4–0
October 23, 1943 College Park, MD Penn State 45 Maryland 0 Penn State 5–0
November 18, 1944 State College, PA Penn State 34 Maryland 19 Penn State 6–0
November 5, 1960 State College, PA Penn State 28 Maryland 9 Penn State 7–0
November 4, 1961 College Park, MD Maryland 21 Penn State 17 Penn State 7–1
November 3, 1962 State College, PA Penn State 23 Maryland 7 Penn State 8–1
November 2, 1963 College Park, MD Penn State 17 Maryland 15 Penn State 9–1
October 31, 1964 State College, PA Penn State 17 Maryland 9 Penn State 10–1
December 4, 1965 College Park, MD Penn State 19 Maryland 7 Penn State 11–1
September 17, 1966 State College, PA Penn State 15 Maryland 7 Penn State 12–1
November 4, 1967 College Park, MD Penn State 38 Maryland 3 Penn State 13–1
November 16, 1968 College Park, MD Penn State 57 Maryland 13 Penn State 14–1
November 15, 1969 State College, PA Penn State 48 Maryland 0 Penn State 15–1
November 7, 1970 College Park, MD Penn State 34 Maryland 0 Penn State 16–1
November 6, 1971 State College, PA Penn State 63 Maryland 27 Penn State 17–1
November 4, 1972 State College, PA Penn State 46 Maryland 16 Penn State 18–1
November 3, 1973 College Park, MD Penn State 42 Maryland 22 Penn State 19–1
November 2, 1974 State College, PA Penn State 24 Maryland 17 Penn State 20–1
November 1, 1975 College Park, MD Penn State 15 Maryland 13 Penn State 21–1
September 24, 1977 State College, PA Penn State 27 Maryland 9 Penn State 22–1
November 4, 1978 State College, PA Penn State 27 Maryland 3 Penn State 23–1
October 6, 1979 College Park, MD Penn State 27 Maryland 7 Penn State 24–1
October 11, 1980 College Park, MD Penn State 24 Maryland 10 Penn State 25–1
September 11, 1982 State College, PA Penn State 39 Maryland 31 Penn State 26–1
October 6, 1984 State College, PA Penn State 25 Maryland 24 Penn State 27–1
September 7, 1985 College Park, MD Penn State 20 Maryland 18 Penn State 28–1
November 8, 1986 State College, PA Penn State 17 Maryland 15 Penn State 29–1
November 7, 1987 Baltimore, MD Penn State 21 Maryland 16 Penn State 30–1
November 5, 1988 State College, PA Penn State 17 Maryland 10 Penn State 31–1
November 11, 1989 Baltimore, MD Maryland 13 Penn State 13 Penn State 31–1–1
November 10, 1990 State College, PA Penn State 24 Maryland 10 Penn State 32–1–1
November 9, 1991 Baltimore, MD Penn State 47 Maryland 7 Penn State 33–1–1
September 26, 1992 State College, PA Penn State 49 Maryland 13 Penn State 34–1–1
October 2, 1993 College Park, MD Penn State 70 Maryland 7 Penn State 35–1–1
November 1, 2014 State College, PA Maryland 20 Penn State 19 Penn State 35–2–1
October 24, 2015 Baltimore, MD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
October 8, 2016 State College, PA TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
November 25, 2017 College Park, MD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
November 24, 2018 State College, PA TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
September 28, 2019 College Park, MD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

See also

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


  1. ^ Penn State Staves Off Rally By Maryland To Win, 20-18, The Toledo Blade, September 7, 1985.
  2. ^ David Ungrady, Tales from the Maryland Terrapins, p. 198, Sports Publishing LLC, 2003, ISBN 1-58261-688-4.
  3. ^ a b Penn State's Lure Is Not A Good Sign for Maryland, The Washington Post, February 1, 2006.
  4. ^ "Antonio Logan-El Lowdown", Nittany Notes,, 05 April 2007, accessed 16 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Lineman Logan-El chooses Penn State". USA Today. 25 January 2006. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Ralph's recruiting class, The Washington Times, April 30, 2009.
  7. ^ Jeff Barker, Maryland approves move to Big Ten; Rutgers next Chicago Tribune, November 19, 2012.
  8. ^ "College Football: East; Penn State Wins, 21-16", Associated Press, November 8, 1987, retrieved January 17, 2008.
  9. ^ Jeff Barker, Maryland, Penn State disagree on the facts, The Baltimore Sun, October 2008.
  10. ^ Maryland's Edsall would like series vs. Penn State, "The York Dispatch", June 21, 2011
  11. ^ Rutgers to join Big Ten: Top 5 things you need to know, "The Star-Ledger", November 19, 2012
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