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Maryland Postgame

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N O V E M B E R 2 4 , 2 0 1 8 B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . c O M 3 fumble deep in Wisconsin territory was overturned on replay. As a team, the Lions have had ball-se- curity issues all year long. They finished the regular season having lost 12 fumbles, the highest total in the Big Ten. • One of the a=ernoon's few disap- pointments was the dreary weather. Franklin had spent the previous week campaigning for a full house, but the cold, wet conditions kept the attendance down on senior day. The crowd was offi- cially listed at 98,422, as Penn State wrapped up a season that featured more than its share of rain. "This was a tough year weatherwise for us, I think it was a record amount of pre- cipitation," Franklin said. "There are a lot of issues with that – parking and every- thing else. So to the fans who came out and supported us in some tough weather conditions, especially tonight, I can't tell you how much we appreciated it. Our at- tendance was unbelievable, all things considered, and a huge home-field ad- vantage." LOOKING AHEAD So now they wait. The Nittany Lions won't find out their postseason destina- tion until a=er next weekend's confer- ence championship games, but this much is all but certain: It will be somewhere warmer and drier than Beaver Stadium was on the last day of the regular season. It won't be the bowl they wanted at the beginning of the season when they were eyeing berths in the Big Ten Champi- onship Game and College Football Play- off. But this will be the fi=h season in a row in which the Nittany Lions have achieved postseason eligibility, no small accomplishment for a program that was still deep in rebuilding mode when Franklin arrived in 2014. "I couldn't be more proud of the staff, the players, the coaches, everybody," the coach said. "We'll take a little time off right now. We've got a bunch of meetings [on Sunday], then the coaches will get on the road recruiting, and then we'll get into bowl week. … Wherever they tell us we're going, we'll be very appreciative of the opportunity and enjoy ourselves and try to go 1-0. You think about this three- year run, and I know this season, there have been some ups and downs and some challenges, but this has been one of the best three-year stretches in the pro- gram's history when you talk about the Big Ten era. So we've got a chance to do some special things by winning a bowl game, and I couldn't be more proud of our guys." A NEW WAY TO ACCESS POSTGAME COVERAGE Starting this season, Blue White Il- lustrated's postgame coverage will be available via All of our game stories, including the story above on Saturday's victory over Maryland, can now be accessed from the website. The change in format allows us to bring readers more gameday cover- age than ever before: game recaps, player features, notebooks, high- lights and lowlights, game grades and recruiting news. To find BWI's postgame coverage, visit the links below: HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS GAME GRADES FEATURE STORIES STATISTICS Gross-Matos continued his outstanding sohomore sea- son, finishing with 3.5 tack- les for loss against Mary- land. Photo by Steve Manuel

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