Although reserve quarterback Tom Bill led Penn State to a 31-19 victory over West Virginia last week, Tony Sacca is expected to be back in the starting lineup Saturday when the Nittany Lions entertain Maryland.

The news came as no surprise to Maryland Coach Joe Krivak, who said Sacca "is more mobile, younger and capable of making big plays. Last Saturday it was a situation where Sacca struggled early and they felt like they had to make a change. . . . In any case we were going to prepare for both."

Unlike the run-oriented teams of the past, the 1990 Nittany Lions have shown a more balanced offense, averaging 188.5 yards passing and 187.1 on the ground. "Defensively that makes it tougher to handle them," said Krivak.

One player who won't be adding to those totals is running back Richie Anderson, a former Sherwood High star who was 1988 All-Met offensive player of the year. Despite a team-high 22.3-yard kickoff return average and 4.8-yard average on 16 carries his freshman season, a crowded backfield in 1990 has caused the sophomore to be redshirted this season.

"The cupboard is always full," said Krivak. "They just put someone away and take him down whenever they need him."

Oh-Fer a Win

Despite a 13-13 tie at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium a year ago that broke a 24-game losing streak, Maryland has not defeated Penn State in 29 years and has never won in State College.

"Maybe to the guys who have played more {the streak} means something; maybe Penn State thinks they can beat us all the time," said quarterback Scott Zolak, who attempted two passes against Penn State as a reserve in 1988.

"I think that tying them last year helps us and I know we won't have any trouble getting up for Penn State -- we can't come out flat," he said. "A lot of people said they were ready {before Maryland's 34-10 loss to North Carolina} but we weren't. If we come out that way the next two games we'll get blown out." . . .

Starting junior linebacker Greg Hines had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, injured Sept. 20 against Duke. He's out for the season.