Reporting Brendan Darr
Despite Clemson’s turnovers and the largest crowd of the year thanks to Homecoming, Maryland couldn’t overcome their numerous injuries on offense and defense.
Randy Edsall was choking up after the game describing the injury situation and how it was his job to coach and make the best of the situation.
“Maybe I’m so simple, it’s too simple. This is life, we have no control over these injuries,” Edsall said.
Edsall wasn’t giving up on the season despite the large amount of injuries, they unfortunately have the nation’s longest injury list.
“You just keep fighting, you keep working and you do whatever is necessary to overcome,” Edsall continued.
Maryland was able to hang in until early in the second half, but Clemson pulled away late. That said, Clemson gave Maryland every chance to win the game. Clemson started the second half fumbling away their first two possessions, but much like Maryland’s defense had in the first half, the Clemson defense shut down the Maryland offense in the red zone and held them to field goals on both possessions.
Tajh Boyd, who was injured on Clemson’s second drive, finished the day 28-for-41 for 304 yards with a touchdown and an interception. It was interesting after looking like he may not be able to come back out, Boyd not only did, but was running the ball late in the game — he finished with 35 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
Caleb Rowe filled in admirably for starting QB C.J. Brown, but a 2-for-18 stretch in the second half brought the Maryland offense to a screeching halt. He finished 19-for-45 for 282 yards with three touchdowns, but two interceptions. Wide receiver Levern Jacobs, also filling in for injured starters, picked up the slack with eight catches for 158 yards, including 71 on a touchdown early in the game.
The defense was the bright spot for Maryland on the day, despite giving up 40 points. They held Clemson to four red-zone field goals and got to Tajh Boyd consistently throughout the day.
Maryland has a week off to rest up and prepare for their game against Syracuse.