After Terps refuse to shake hands with Penn State captains, Randy Edsall apologizes for snub

Maryland's captains did not shake hands with Penn State's before the pregame coin toss.
Maryland's captains did not shake hands with Penn State's before the pregame coin toss. (Abby Drey / MCT)

STATE COLLEGE, PA. — Maryland football coach Randy Edsall began his postgame news conference Saturday with an apology.

Before the pregame coin toss, Maryland's game captains — tight end P.J. Gallo, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and safety Sean Davis — refused to shake the hands of Penn State's captains.


Penn State coach James Franklin later said: "I've never been apart of that. In 20 years, I've never seen that before."

After the Terps' 20-19 win, Edsall addressed the snub.


"Let me just start off by saying that I want to apologize to the Penn State fans, to their team and their university for what took place at the beginning of the game," he said. "That is not who we are. Our emotions got the best of us, and we've got to be above that."

Edsall said Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, who addressed the incident in a written statement after the game, reached out to Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour to apologize.

"We are extremely disappointed in the actions of our captains involved in today's coin toss prior to today's kickoff against Penn State," Anderson said in the statement. "Their behavior is not a reflection of how our student-athletes should conduct themselves in athletic competition. On behalf of president Dr. Wallace D. Loh, head coach Randy Edsall and myself, we extend our sincere apology to Penn State University president Dr. Eric J. Barron, director of athletics Sandy Barbour, head coach James Franklin and the Penn State football program."

Neither Edsall nor his players elaborated on what led to the players' decision to not shake hands, but the teams had scuffled briefly before the coin toss.

"Pregame got a little out of hand," Gallo said. "We need to keep our composure. It wasn't a smart decision. That is something that could cost us a game."

Craddock gets redemption

For two years, Maryland kicker Brad Craddock had hoped for a chance at another game-winning field goal.

Craddock's last attempt was as a freshman in 2012, when he missed a 33-yard field goal in the closing seconds of a 20-18 loss to North Carolina State.

Craddock got his chance at redemption Saturday, and he took advantage, connecting on a 43-yard go-ahead field goal with 51 seconds remaining.

"I've been waiting for this one for a long time," Craddock said.

Craddock made both his kicks Saturday and is 14-for-14 on the season. The junior entered Saturday as one of two kickers nationally, among those with 10 or more attempts, yet to miss a field goal this season.

"The biggest [difference] was two years ago, I didn't want the kick," Craddock said. "I was like, 'I hope they score a touchdown.' This year, it was like, 'Let's get it.' So as soon as we get into that 50[-yard] range, I want it. I want to be on the field. I want the game to come down to a kick."


End zone

Safety Sean Davis started at cornerback with starting cornerback Jeremiah Johnson dealing with a hamstring injury. While Davis allowed an 8-yard touchdown pass, a 33-yard completion on third-and-23 and some other completions, the junior had three passes defended and was a factor in run support. He finished with a team-high 11 tackles. … The Terps finished with nine tackles for losses, with two apiece from defensive end Andre Monroe and outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue. Ngakoue entered Saturday second in the Big Ten Conference with 10.5 tackles for losses. … Wide receiver Marcus Leak left the game with an apparent shoulder injury during the second half. … Cornerback Will Likely, who was leading the Big Ten with four interceptions entering Saturday, grabbed his fifth of the season.

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