PHOTOS: Maryland closes difficult 2018 season with 38-3 loss at Penn State

By Jake Russell

The weather in State College, PA was setting up well for the Maryland Terrapins as they closed out their regular season schedule against the 12th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions.

With sleet pouring down to create a sloppy field at Beaver Stadium, the conditions were ripe for Maryland manage the tempo of the game since they’ve evolved into a primarily ground-based offense.

As recent history has indicated, the Terps proved to be no match against a Penn State team hosting its Senior Day. On Saturday, Maryland was dominated and beaten at its own game, with the Nittany Lions racking up 310 yards on the ground against an outmatched Terrapins defense on the way to a 38-3 blowout loss in Happy Valley.

The loss not only knocked Maryland (5-7, 3-6 Big Ten) out of bowl contention, it meant the Terps have dropped their last two meetings with Penn State (9-3, 6-3) by a combined score of 104-6. The Nittany Lions have outscored Maryland 118-6 in their last 10 quarters of play.

To make matters worse, the Terps defense was dominated by two local recruits, senior quarterback Trace McSorely (Briar Woods High School) and freshman running back Ricky Slade (Hylton High School), who each ran for two touchdowns. McSorely added a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for good measure.

Maryland now heads into an offseason filled with questions and not many answers. Will interim head coach Matt Canada be retained in 2019? Will athletic director Damon Evans still hold the same post heading into the spring?

Even though the Terps had made inroads in local recruiting in recent years, how the administration handles the next few months will control the fate of the program for the next several years.

Related: PHOTOS: Maryland upsets Texas for second straight year

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