Still, Maryland very nearly managed a victory against Penn State despite the errors. Entering the game in the second quarter after a six-week injury layoff, Quarterback Mark Manges had the Terrapins ahead 13-12 six minutes into the second half. Clapping, slapping and jumping up and down, he was determined to satisfy the one ambition he had in choosing Maryland instead of Penn State when he was a high school senior: he wanted to play for a team that beat the Lions, not because of any animosity but because "they have so much class." Manges' fury had Paterno worried on the sidelines. "I thought they were going to run us out for a while," he said later.
After Penn State recovered and went ahead on Bahr's third field goal with 7:36 remaining, Manges rallied his team again with two passes that gave Mike Sochko a field-goal opportunity at the 32 with 15 seconds left. It was a straight-ahead chance at the closed end of the Byrd Stadium horseshoe. Make it and Maryland wins. Miss it and, as Claiborne would predict later, "The papers will say ' Maryland Blows Another Big One.' "
The kick swerved off to the right.
"I thought it would be like practice," Manges said. "I just knew it was going to go through so I was getting ready for an outburst."
Instead, the victory, and the outburst, were Penn State's. As even the narrow early-season loss to Ohio State proved, the Lions always do well in big games. It comes with tradition and experience and marvelous linebackers like Fritz, Hero, Backer and Mike.