The hype for Maryland football’s matchup against No. 12 Penn State had been growing throughout the course of the season thus far, but the anticipation reached a new peak as the game was announced as a sellout by the school on Wednesday.
That feeling when Maryland football has its first sellout crowd in four years...— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) September 25, 2019
( @ssopher528 & @lilabbromberg) pic.twitter.com/cDutUVMOMU
With the addition of bleachers behind the student section to accommodate a record number of student ticket requests and the sell-out crowd, Friday could be a Top-10 crowd in program history. Interestingly enough, the largest crowd ever was 58,973 against No. 9 Penn State on Nov. 1, 1975.
The last time Maryland Stadium sold out was Oct. 3, 2015, when the Terrapins hosted the Michigan Wolverines in front of 51,802 fans at then-Byrd Stadium in what became a 28-0 loss. It also would be the final home game of Randy Edsall’s tenure at Maryland, as he was fired after a loss to Ohio State on the road a week later.
Some similarities can be drawn between the two games as both were the first Big Ten matchup for the Terps of the season, came against ranked-opponents and were tabbed as “blackout” games for their respective seasons. In 2015, Maryland unveiled a black version of the airbrushed Pride 2.0 helmets to go along with the “Black Ops” uniforms for the noon kickoff against the Wolverines.
As gameday is steadily approaching, the Terps are doing their best to maintain the hype and prepare for this record crowd. Along with the sellout announcement, the school also posted a hype video that is sure to raise anticipation even more:
On the field. In the stands.— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) September 25, 2019
⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️#BlackoutPSU | #OurArmour pic.twitter.com/xCUmhETPEe
In other news
Football coverage continued Wednesday with the following:
- A look at the history of the Penn State - Maryland storied series
- A film breakdown of what to expect from No. 12 Penn State.
- Maryland has struggled offensively in past games against the Nittany Lions, but looks to set a new tone this year.
- On this week’s podcast, Matt, Lila and Cody preview the matchup, discussing whether the Terps could pull of the upset or not.
How far do you think Maryland basketball will go this season? Vote in our official poll here.
Maryland volleyball hung with Ohio State in the lone athletics action Wednesday night, but fell in four sets to the Buckeyes.
Anthony Cowan Jr. is a native of the DMV, and he talked about what going to Maryland means to him.
“When you’re at Maryland, it’s just something different...”@AnthonyCowanJr x #DMVMade pic.twitter.com/0KCmG72aVO— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) September 25, 2019
Maryland women’s basketball looked back on a special day visiting patients at the San Jorge Children and Women’s Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico:
Looking back on a special day meeting amazing children and teens during our time in Puerto Rico!#WBCADayofService pic.twitter.com/pseVkVZJjH— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) September 25, 2019
Local USL side Loudoun United took down Swope Park Rangers 4-1 thanks to a hat trick from former Maryland men’s soccer standout Gordon Wild. Here are two of his three goals:
Absolute beauty of a goal from @gorwld #LDNvSPR pic.twitter.com/FXvtMtz2To— Loudoun United FC (@LoudounUnitedFC) September 25, 2019
.@gorwld’s second of the night with an assist from @HunterGorskie ✌️ #LDNvSPR pic.twitter.com/pjGfsEZ2md— Loudoun United FC (@LoudounUnitedFC) September 26, 2019
The reigning national champion Maryland women’s lacrosse team was back in action on its true home field, prepping for the 2020 season at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex:
Back to work. Back at The Plex. #FearTheTurtle pic.twitter.com/9x8zFQ5GAA— Maryland Women's Lacrosse (@MarylandWLax) September 25, 2019
Maryland softball is preparing for its annual fall scrimmage event, and the team is ready to go under new head coach Mark Montgomery.
Get excited! We’re hard at work and back in action at the Maryland Softball Stadium this weekend for some fall ball, make sure you join us #AllForONE pic.twitter.com/RUXL8gvdLL— Maryland Softball (@TerpsSoftball) September 25, 2019
The shell in the southeast corner of Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium has been a dynamic addition to Maryland football’s pregame routine. That will extend to the men’s lacrosse team this spring.
Who wants to see us run out of the shell this season? #BeTheBest pic.twitter.com/vumXzclYyK— Maryland Lacrosse (@TerpsMLax) September 25, 2019
After winning a national championship for the Terps in December, Chase Gasper has been earning some playing time with Minnesota United FC.
Running of the Terrapins pic.twitter.com/iFjxmrJFh1— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) September 26, 2019