Reporting Brendan Darr
Maryland were depleted by injuries heading into the game against Clemson, and being a thirty-one point underdog was evidence of that. Add in the loss of leading receiver Stefon Diggs and leading rusher Wes Brown, and Maryland was hamstrung before they even took the field. Oh, and they still have a linebacker starting at quarterback.
Clemson, meanwhile, have a Heisman Trophy dark horse in Tajh Boyd at quarterback and took full advantage of a tired and beaten-down defense. Boyd and the Tigers got out to an early 28-0 lead on the Terrapins before putting it in cruise control for the rest of the game.
Maryland struggled the entire day on offense, but after Clemson muffed a punt, Maryland capitalized as Shawn Petty found reserve tight end Devonte Campbell for a 17-yard tight end. Maryland did get 100 yards rushing from Brandon Ross, starting in place of the aforementioned Brown, got the job done on 16-carries for just the second 100-yard rusher on the season for Maryland.
The defense missed Demetrius Hartsfield in the middle, but was boosted by the return of Safety Matt Robinson. He led the team in tackles, and forced a key fumble as Boyd was about to score on the goal line. The defense was gashed by big plays through the air, but were also put in a tough position as the Terrapins consistently lost the field position battle.
The road doesn’t get any easier for Maryland as they have #8 Florida State next week at home before the finish up against North Carolina.
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