A reeling Maryland football team stunned 14 point favorite Clemson Saturday afternoon at Byrd Stadium in College Park 24-21. The win improves the Terps record to 2-3 and snaps a two game losing streak to the Tigers on their home field. It’s also Maryland’s second straight win over the Tigers. The Tigers dropped their second straight game to fall to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the ACC. Clemson is off next week and will play Wake Forest in Death Valley October 10th.
Audio: Dabo Swinney (13:58)
Against a defense that was allowing 38 points and 412 yards per game, Clemson managed 274 total yards and just one offensive touchdown. That’s three straight games where the Clemson offense has scored just one touchdown or been held out of the end zone all together. CJ Spiller was again the Tigers’ brightest start with 72 rushing yards on 18 carries. He also had an electrifying 92 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Audio: CJ Spiller (4:48)
Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker was 20-37 for 180 yards and 1 interception. But his longest completion was just 25 yards as the Terrapin defense snuffed out the deep ball. He was sacked twice including on the Tigers’ final play when he fumbled about the chance for a last gasp field goal attempt which could have tied the game.
Audio: Kyle Parker (4:46)
Michael Palmer and Jacoby Ford each had 5 catches on the day, Palmer for 65 yards and Ford for 37 yards. Palmer was Parker’s go to guy on the final drive catching 3 passes for 38 yards as the Tigers moved into field goal range.
Audio: Michael Palmer (1:44)
Ford had the Tigers’ lone offensive score. That came on an end around play which he turned into a 17 yard scoring run with 1:23 to play in the first quarter to put the Tigers up 10-0. Outside of that play, the Terps kept the normally explosive Ford bottled up.
Audio: Jacoby Ford (5:34)
Clemson had a chance to tie or win the game in the final minutes but for the second straight game Richard Jackson failed to deliver the field goal. Earlier in the game Jackson was good from 41 and 51 yards. But he missed a 47 yarder with 3:54 to play. Given another shot to tie the game with 2:43 left, Jackson again was wide to the right again from 48 yards. Jackson is now 14-19 on field goals but only 3-7 between the 40-49 yard lines.
Audio: Richard Jackson (1:30)
The Clemson defense could certainly walk out of Byrd Stadium with heads held high. Except for the last four minutes of the first half when Maryland scored 14 points, the Tigers pretty much shut down the Terps offense. Those two drives accounted for 157 of Maryland’s 284 total yards. The Clemson defense held tough in the third quarter when it was on the field for over eleven minutes but allowed just a one yard touchdown run which was set up by a poor punt and a big return to the Clemson one. Maryland quarterback Chris Turner did have some success completing 19-26 for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was sacked three times.
Audio: Kevin Steele (1:58)