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MM 9.26: Maryland Stadium sold out for Friday night against No. 12 Penn State

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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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.

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:

In other news

Football coverage continued Wednesday with the following:

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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.

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:

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:

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:

Maryland softball is preparing for its annual fall scrimmage event, and the team is ready to go under new head coach Mark Montgomery.

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.

After winning a national championship for the Terps in December, Chase Gasper has been earning some playing time with Minnesota United FC.