Clemson - Maryland Game Capsule

Clemson holds a 27-22-2 advantage in the series with Maryland. The first game of the series was played in 1952, one year before both teams became charter members of the ACC. News, notes, quotes, and just about everything else concerning today's game is contained in this report.

The Game: Clemson (3-1, 1-0 ACC) at Maryland (3-2, 0-1 ACC)

Location: College Park, Maryland, Byrd Stadium (48,055)

TV Coverage: ABC Regional Audience

Radio Coverage: 104.9 WCCP FM

Spread: Maryland is favored by 7.5 over Clemson.

Depth Charts: Clemson - Maryland Depth Chart

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* Q&A with John Leake
* Terps Coming Off Lackluster Effort
* Q&A with Airese Currie
* 5 Keys to Taming the Terps
* Depth Chart
* News & Notes
* Tiger Pregame Show & Chat Info
* Tommy Bowden's Weekly Press Conference
* Q&A with Charlie Whitehurst
* Q&A with Justin Miller
* Press Conference Player Audio
* Q&A with J.J. Howard

Coaches: Tommy Bowden is 32-21 (50-25 overall) in his fifth season at Clemson while Maryland's Ralph Friedgen is 24-7 in his third year in College Park.

The Forecast: Partly Cloudy skies this afternoon with temperatures expected to be in the upper 60's. There's also a 30% chance of rain showers during the late afternoon. Winds from the Southwest at 14 mph.

Series Record: Clemson holds a 27-22-2 advantage in the series with Maryland. The first game of the series was played in 1952, one year before both teams became charter members of the ACC. Maryland won each of the first four games in the series. Maryland has won each of the last two games, one in College Park and one at Clemson, but the Tigers have won eight of the last 10 games against the Terrapins. Clemson had won eight in a row and 13 of 14 prior to Ralph Friedgen's return to his alma mater.

Injuries: Maryland's starting RB Bruce Perry (ankle), is listed as questionable as is star wide receiver/kick returner Steve Suter (knee). Suter was reportedly walking/running with a limp during the early part of the week during practice, but he is back close to full strength for this afternoon's game. Perry is expected to play, but Josh Allen will get the start at running back. For the Tigers, DL Todd McClinton is out for the season.

What to Watch: The Clemson offensive line versus Maryland's front four. Led by DT Randy Starks, the Terps will present the stiffest challenge to date. Maryland will also blitz Charlie Whitehurst from all directions and try to rattle the Tigers' young signal caller early and often. The ability for Whitehurst to avoid costly turnovers will be critical if the Tigers plan on winning this football game.

Last Year: Maryland QB Scott McBrien threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as the Terrapins won their eighth straight game and their first game at Clemson since 1985, 30-12. McBrien, a transfer from West Virginia, went 13-of-23 for 153 yards and ran for 67 yards on nine carries. The Tigers were driving late in the 3rd quarter with the opportunity to pull within a touchdown, but instead settled for Aaron Hunt's fourth field goal of the evening a 23-12 deficit. The Terps added a late touchdown to provide the final margin of victory. Freshman CB Justin Miller paced the Clemson defense with 2 interceptions and 1 forced fumble.

Quote to Note: "Last time we came here, we just wanted to stay in the football game," the Maryland defensive end Durrand Roundtree said after last year's game in Death Valley. "This year we came down here with the intent to embarrass them."

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