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Maryland fans celebrate first win over Penn State since 1961

Crab cakes and National Bohemian beer were just a couple things you could have found at a tailgate full of Maryland football fans on Saturday.

It’s a tradition Marylanders said were the things that defined them the most.

And don’t forget football, of course.

“Crab cakes and football. That’s what Maryland does,” said Mark Scovell, mimicking a quote from “Wedding Crashers.”

Scovell is a retired engineer from Bel Air, Md. — a town just north of Baltimore — and a lifelong Terrapins fan.

On Friday night, he and his wife JoAnne Scovell made the two-and-half-hour drive to State College for the Maryland-Penn State football game Saturday afternoon.

The 20-19 Maryland victory was the Terps’ first over Penn State since 1961. The teams had not played since 1993, when Penn State won 70-7.

The couple said they were at that game in 1993 — something they remember being “an embarrassing loss,” Mark Scovell said.

“It was sometime in the early ’90s and I remeber it being a blowout,” Scovell said. “You never want to lose that (badly) to anyone.”

They attended the game with their son Mitch Scovell, a 1992 Maryland grad who now has a daughter, Rachel Scovell, who recently applied to college at both Maryland and Penn State, with aspirations of becoming a pre-med student.

“We hope she goes to Maryland, but we’ll support her any which way,” JoAnne Scovell said.

But a “blowout” wasn’t the case at Saturday’s game.

The game also celebrated All-University Day with students from all Penn State campuses, as well as recognizing Penn State student-athlete academic achievement.

Penn State fan and graduate student Alex Johnson, of Erie, said it’s a rivalry thats making a comeback between the two teams since Maryland joined the Big Ten conference this year.

“It’s not like the Ohio State rivalry, but any team in the conference is a rival — some are just bigger than others,” Johnson said.

Johnson was part of a tailgate party full of Penn State fans with a few Maryland fans in the mix.

Johnson said the group of friends in support of both teams hope to make it an annual tradition of going to the Maryland-Penn State game, and challenging each other to a game of flip cup beforehand.

“Who do you think would win in a fight, a lion or a turtle?” Johnson asked jokingly. “It’s all fun competition though.”

But Saturday’s loss wasn’t what Penn State fans hoped for.

“It’s not a game you want to lose,” said Penn State fan Jordan Aillas. “You expect to lose to the Florida States and Alabamas of college football, but not this. ... I think the teams are a pretty even match in the Big Ten, but (I) would have liked to see us start these annual Maryland games with a win.”

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