After blowout loss, Terps have 'moved on' to matchup with Penn State

Terps coach Randy Edsall.
Terps coach Randy Edsall. (Mike McGinnis, Getty Images)

The typical Sunday after a game for Maryland includes a team meeting led by coach Randy Edsall inside the auditorium at Gossett Team House.

On most Sundays, Edsall will assess the team's previous game, go through film and discuss the week ahead, possibly covering other topics or issues as well.


This Sunday? There was no film watching. There was not much, if any, of Edsall breaking down individual plays.

Edsall shared some thoughts and feelings with his players stemming from Maryland's 52-7 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday and mostly just called for the Terps to put the game behind them and move forward.


"We've discussed it," Edsall said. "We've moved on, and we're on to Penn State right now. No sense dwelling on the past. It's time to move on. Don't look ahead. Don't look back.

"Just concentrate on the one you have ahead of you for this week, and that's Penn State. So we've addressed it, and everybody's moved on."

Edsall declined to say much about the loss to Wisconsin during his weekly Sunday conference call with the media.

"I really don't have anything more to say than what I said after the game yesterday in terms of we didn't coach well, we didn't play well, and I accept the responsibility as the head coach," Edsall said. "We had a team meeting. We've moved on, put it behind us, and that's all I really have to say."

Edsall did share his primary message to his team from Sunday's meeting.

"No need to panic," Edsall said, when asked about his message to the team. "Plenty of season ahead of us, and that's what we're looking forward to. That's just one game of the 12 … and we are 5-3. There are four games left. We've got one this week. That's the mentality, and that's the focus that we're moving forward with.

"One game doesn't make or break a season."

Even with the loss, Maryland (5-3 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) remains just one win from earning bowl eligibility heading into Saturday's game at Penn State (4-3, 1-3). The Nittany Lions lost, 31-24, to No. 13 Ohio State in double overtime Saturday night.

Edsall said he had a chance to watch the entire Ohio State-Penn State game after the Terps returned home from Wisconsin.

"We can talk about that on Tuesday," Edsall said.

Injury report

Edsall said Maryland came out of Saturday's game in good shape health-wise.


"We came out fine," Edsall said. "I look forward to having everyone back on the [practice] field this afternoon."

Outside linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (Towson High) left the game at one point, but he later returned. So did wide receiver Stefon Diggs. The only player who left with an injury and did not appear to return was inside linebacker Cole Farrand, but he walked off the field under his own power.

Outside linebacker Matt Robinson, safety Zach Dancel, running back Albert Reid, long snapper Christian Carpenter and nose tackle David Shaw did not play against Wisconsin because of various injuries.

End zone

Maryland's game against Penn State will begin at noon and will be broadcast on ESPN2, Penn State announced. … Saturday's loss to Wisconsin snapped the Terps' five-game road winning streak, which began with last year's overtime win at Virginia Tech. … Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Azubuike Ukandu (Towson High) had the first two tackles of his college career Saturday. Ukandu has served as Maryland's top backup to starting nose tackle Darius Kilgo the last two games with Shaw sidelined by a knee injury. Ukandu had 80 tackles with nine sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior at Towson in 2011. … Wide receiver Marcus Leak (coach's decision) did not start Saturday. Sophomore Amba Etta-Tawo started in Leak's place.

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