Pennsylvania and Mother Nature winners of Big 33 Classic

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The 58th edition of the Big 33 Classic lasted only one half, as thunderstorms rolled through Hershey, causing officials to stop the game at halftime, giving Pennsylvania a 20-3 win over Maryland.

The Pennsylvania stars jumped-on Maryland on the first play of the game when quarterback Brett Brumbaugh, who led South Fayette High School to a state gold medal on the same field in 2013, found Harrisburg High‘s Amechie Walker on a 63-yard catch-and-run.  It was the first of three touchdown passes for Brumbaugh, who finished 5-for-7 for 219 yards.

Brumbaugh, who will play his college ball at Duquesne University, is Pennsylvania’s all-time leader in career passing yardage with 11,084 yards.

The victory was Pennsylvania’s second in three games since the two states renewed the rivalry in 2013.  Pennsylvania now leads the all-time series against Maryland 8-3.

One of the most interesting facts about the Big 33 Classic is there’s never been a Super Bowl without a Big 33 alum

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