It wasn’t Shelton Gibson’s ability to beat Maryland cornerback Will Likely in one-on-one coverage in the second quarter Saturday that people were talking about. It wasn’t the 41-yard strike that West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard delivered to him once he got separation, either.
It was the fact that after he caught the ball in stride for the touchdown, his momentum carried him out of the back of the end zone and into the crowd of Maryland cheerleaders gathered behind it.
Most scattered, but through no fault of his own Gibson ran into one unsuspecting cheerleader who appeared to have her back turned to the action, knocking her to the ground.
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Gibson spoke about the incident after the game, saying that the moment stayed in his thoughts as the game continued. Per Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
“Oh, God,” he said. “So they cleared out and I thought everything was good. I put my head down again and noticed she was right there. I tried to stop, but it was too late.
“I apologized. I went back and said I was sorry, but I heard she went right back into the tunnel right after it. I was thinking about it at halftime. I was like, ‘Man, I hope I didn’t mess up that girl or anything like that.”
There has been no available public word on the cheerleader’s health after the incident.
Gibson finished with six catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns.