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Maryland's Brad Craddock came a long way to become nation's best kicker

Maryland's Brad Craddock came a long way to become nation's best kicker

Maryland had no life left, or at least that's what the people leaving Byrd Stadium presumed on Oct. 2, 2012.

After the Terrapins had allowed North Carolina State to go ahead 20-18 on a 43-yard field goal with 32 seconds left, many felt they had seen enough. But in a matter of 30 seconds, those who stayed to watch the end thought they just might witness a miracle.

In five plays, Maryland covered 60 yards, and freshman Brad Craddock paced backward as he prepared for a 33-yard chip shot. With two seconds left, it looked like the Terps just might pull it out.

When he kicked the ball, Craddock said, he was positive it would go straight down the middle. Clank. It hit the...

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