Maryland received the ball to start the second half and drove 78 yards for a touchdown. It didn’t take long either. The Terps used 8 plays and just 1:49 off the clock en route to the score. It up them up 35-17 with 13:06 left in the quarter.
The Clemson offense went three and out on its first possession of the half. The Tigers punted from their own 29 yard line and Maryland took over on its own 28.
The Clemson defense forced a quick turnover on Maryland’s next possession. Bashaud Breeland intercepted a C.J. Brown pass and returned it 29 yards to the Terps 15 yard line. Three plays later Clemson scored on a 15 yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins to cut the lead to 34-24 with 10:46 left in the quarter.
The Terps drove the ball to the Clemson nine on their next possession before settling for a 27 yard field goal. The drive covered 80 yards in nine plays and took 2:51 off the clock. It gave Maryland a 38-24 lead with 7:27 left in the quarter.
On its next possession Clemson moved inside the Maryland 10 yard line courtesy of a 55 yard run by Andre Ellington. However, the Tigers were unable to punch it in and ended up settling for a 23 yard field goal to cut the lead back to 11 at 38-24.
The Clemson defense forced a punt on Maryland’s next possession. The offense reclaimed possession on its own 30. On first down Tajh Boyd found Sammy Watkins on a 51 yard completion to the Maryland 19. Two plays later he hooked up with Watkins again, this time for a 15 yard touchdown. The Tigers converted the two point attempt on a pass to Dwayne Allen to pull within three at 38-35.
Maryland converted one third down on its next possession and moved into Clemson territory before they punted from the Tiger 45. The punt rolled into the end zone for a touchback.
As the quarter ended Clemson faced a third and seven from its own 23.