Senior linebacker Koa Farmer shows off his tattoos and what they mean.
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The Nittany Lions certainly will operate with the required energy and emotion Saturday in Beaver Stadium.
They will celebrate one of Penn State’s most critical senior classes in program history.
Including its winningest quarterback ever.
But will they be able to stop one of the hottest offenses?
The hard-luck Maryland Terrapins are a numbers anomaly of the highest proportions.
They are tremendous running the football. They are bad throwing it.
Freshman tailback Anthony McFarland averaged nearly 250 rushing yards the past two weeks against Indiana and Ohio State — both narrow defeats.
But they are a one-dimensional machine with backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome. He’s a runner, not a passer.
The Terps are one of the nation’s best in creating turnovers. And yet one of the worst at committing penalties.
So how will this all add up in a cold rain on Senior Day?
Once again, the Penn State defense will be at the forefront. Their improved line play must stand even stronger with help from the linebackers.
Outmuscle the Terps up front and control their running game — and you win the war. They are a talented bunch but really only want to run fast and free.
That’s how they raced even with Ohio State, who is unusually soft up front and at linebacker. The Buckeyes have been gashed by big plays all season. That’s why they barely survived Maryland’s assault last Saturday.
The Lions, however, have handled one-dimensional opponents pretty well, no matter their expertise.
That must continue Saturday, especially since the Penn State pass game does not seem salvageable.
It will be about running the ball and stopping the run.
Do that and the Lions should earn a New Year’s Six Bowl bid like the Peach.
And the best finishing opportunity possible.