Now Entering Russ's World
The Maryland Terrapins are new to the Big 10 and are looking to establish some sort of rivalry with the team that is geographically the closest to them on the map. Less than 200 travel miles separate College Park, Maryland from State College, Pennsylvania so it’s the most logical Big 10 foe for Maryland to target. Their first meeting as conference opponents began with a lot of fireworks at the two squads got into several verbal confrontations prior to the games kick off.
Things got a little more heated when Maryland Terrapin captains Stefon Diggs, Sean Davis, and P.J. Gallo refused to shake hands with their Nittany Lion counterparts prior to the coin toss. This action not only made a statement and raised the ire of Penn State players and fans it also cost the Terrapins 15 years with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Ironically it was Pennsylvania native Gallo that scored the first touchdown of the game when the tight end caught a two yard touchdown pass from C.J. Brown. After that initial score Penn State went on a run in the first and second quarter to build up a 17-6 lead. The depth of the Maryland roster helped them inch their way closer and some clutch kicking from Brad Craddock including 43 yard field goal with less than a minute to play helped Maryland sneak away with a 20-19 victory.
The seeds are already planted for the team’s rematch next year, Maryland’ search for a Big 10 rival is off to a nice start, and Brad Reifler couldn’t be more excited.