After an exchange of punts to open the game, the Tigers get on the scoreboard first with a 52 yard drive. Tajh Boyd found Adam Humphries in the back of the end zone for a 13 yard scoring pass. It was Humphries’ first career TD reception. 7-0 Clemson.
It took one play for Clemson to score again. Maryland quarterback Shawn Petty, while rolling to his left, lost the football and Clemson defensive end Corey Crawford picked up the ball and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown, 14-0 Clemson.
After an exchange of fumbles around midfield, Clemson struck again. Boyd hit Nuk Hopkins with a 28 yard touchdown pass with 2:42 left in the quarter. Clemson 21-0.
End of quarter: Clemson 21-0