Clemson vs. Maryland Series
•Clemson has won each of the last
two games after Maryland won the first three of
the Ralph Friedgen era. Clemson has won 10
of the last 13, including each of the last two with
touchdowns inside the last three minutes of
•Clemson had won eight in a row and
13 of 14 prior to Ralph Friedgen's return to his
•Clemson held Maryland to just 12
total points in winning every game between
1993-98. Clemson recorded four shutouts,
including three in a row during that time period.
During Clemson's eight-game winning streak in
the series from 1993-2000, Clemson held
Maryland to an average of 7.0 points per game,
while scoring 26.8 points per game
•Clemson has not scored over 28
points against Maryland since the 2000 season
when the Tigers won at Clemson 35-14.
Clemson did score 28 last year in a 28-24 win,
but Clemson has averaged just 15.4 points per
game against Maryland since Ralph Friedgen
took over prior to the 2001 season.
•In 2002, Maryland defeated
Clemson in Death Valley, its first win at
Memorial Stadium since 1985. Clemson has
won nine of the last 10 between the two teams
in Death Valley. Clemson has a 16-11 lead in
the series in games played at Clemson a 12-11-
1 lead in games played in College Park.
•Saturday's game will be a meeting of
two of the traditional powerhouses of the ACC.
Both Clemson and Maryland have been in the
ACC since its inception in the fall of 1953.
Both teams played their first ACC game against
each other on October 3, 1953 at Clemson, a
20-0 Maryland victory. Clemson has the
most ACC wins in the history of the league with
217 and Maryland is second with 190.
•Clemson and Maryland have both
won the National Championship, the Terps
during that first ACC season in 1953, and
Clemson in 1981. Clemson has the most ACC
championships with 13, while Maryland is third
•The two teams played at the end of
the season in most years between 1978-88
and the game usually decided the ACC
championship. That was certainly the case in
1978 when the Tigers won 28-24 at College
Park, clinching an undefeated season in the
league over Maryland. It was 11th ranked
Maryland's only league loss that season.
•Clemson also clinched the ACC
championship with a November victory or tie
over Maryland in 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987 and
1988. Maryland clinched the ACC
Championship in 2001 with a 37-20 victory over
Clemson in College Park. The Terps also
clinched the title in 1985 with a victory in Death
•Clemson has a history of great return
performances against Maryland over the years.
In 2001, Derrick Hamilton had a 100-yard
kickoff return for a score in a game in College
Park. Darnell Stephens had an 89-yard punt
return for a score against the Terps in Death
Valley in 1991, one year after Doug Thomas had a 98-yard kickoff return against Maryland in
Baltimore. The greatest return game in ACC
history was recorded by Clemson's Don Kelley
against Maryland in 1970. he had 224 total
return yards on punt and interception returns in
Last Year vs. Maryland
Clemson 28, Maryland 24
Clemson, ranked #25 by AP, scored 14
points in the final 7:35 of the game to earn a comefrom-
behind 28-24 win at Maryland. Charlie
Whitehurst completed 18 of 22 passes for 178
yards and two touchdowns in leading Clemson to
its second straight fourth-quarter win. It was only
the fourth home loss for the Terrapins under Ralph
Friedgen, who became Maryland's head coach
The Tigers opened the game with the
longest drive in terms of time of possession in
school history, capped by a Reggie Merriweather
one-yard touchdown run on fourth down. The
drive covered 75 yards in 17 plays and lasted 9:47.
Maryland answered with a scoring drive
of its own with the aid of a 44-yard pass from Sam
Hollenbach to tight end Vernon Davis. The Tiger
defense was able to hold the Terrapins out of the
endzone, and a 21-yard field goal by Dan Ennis
put Maryland on the board.
A snap over the head of punter Cole
Chason on Clemson's next drive enabled the
Terrapins to start their next possession on the
Tiger two-yard line. Clemson kept Maryland out
of the endzone for three consecutive plays, but
Hollenbach dove over on a quarterback sneak
from the one-yard line on fourth down to give the
Terrapins their first lead of the day.
Clemson was forced to punt on its next
drive, and Maryland looked poised to score again
after Hollenbach hit Danny Melendez for a 41-
yard gain. However, Tiger linebacker Tramaine
Billie forced a fumble on second down and
Charles Bennett recovered the ball at the Clemson
15-yard line. Neither offense threatened for the
remainder of the half, and the two teams entered
halftime with Maryland leading 10-7.
Tye Hill recorded his first interception
since 2003 when he picked off Hollenbach three
minutes into the second half. Clemson quickly
moved down the field with the aid of two Terrapin
personal-foul penalties, and Whitehurst found a
wide-open Curtis Baham in the endzone on
second-and-goal from the six-yard line to give the
Tigers the lead.
The Terrapins came storming back, as
Hollenbach hit Davis for a 30-yard completion to
move the ball into Clemson territory. Three plays
later, Hollenbach again went to Davis, this time
for 29 yards and a touchdown, as Maryland
regained the lead 17-14.
Clemson gained a first down on its next
possession before it was forced to punt, and the
Terrapin offense again went to work. Hollenbach
was 5-for-5 on the ensuing drive, and it ended
with his three-yard touchdown pass to tight end
Joey Haynos, giving Maryland a 10-point lead.
In fhe fourth quarter, Clemson started
a comeback. Whitehurst hit Chansi Stuckey for
six yards on first down, and a personal-foul penalty
and 14-yard run by Merriweather moved the ball
to midfield. After two incompletions, Whitehurst
lofted a pass to Baham over the top of the
secondary for the duo's second touchdown
connection of the game. The 51-yard scoring play
cut the Terrapin lead to 24-21.
An eight-yard run by Mario Merrills
opened the next drive for Maryland, but the Terrapins for no gain on each of the next two
plays. Podlesh was forced to punt again, and
Chansi Stuckey returned the kick 13 yards to
the Tiger 39-yard line.
Freshman James Davis had a 17-yard
run to move the ball into Maryland territory. A
Merriweather eight-yard run and four-yard
reception set up the play of the game. Facing
third-and-seven at the Terrapin 38, Clemson
called a running play to Merriweather, who
bounced outside and went untouched down the
sideline for a 38-yard touchdown run, which
proved to be the winning score. The junior gained
75 yards on 10 carries and scored twice.
The Terrapins had one final chance and
moved the ball as far as the Tiger 40. A holding
call moved the ball back to midfield, and on
second down, Gaines Adams recorded another
sack. A screen pass on third down was stopped
for a one-yard loss by Rashaad Jackson, and
Hollenbach's fourth-down pass was incomplete,
as the Tigers were able to celebrate their first win
at Maryland since 1999.
Anthony Waters had a huge afternoon
for the Tiger defense, totaling 14 tackles, including
4.5 tackles for loss. Adams had eight tackles,
including his 2.5 sacks to earn ACC Defensive
Lineman-of-the-Week honors. Watkins also
garnered ACC Specialist-of-the-Week honors
thanks to his six special team tackles. The Tiger
defense had 12 tackles for loss on the day, and
yielded only 56 yards on the ground.
Whitehurst finished the day with an
81.8-percent completion mark and a pass
efficiency rating of 179.8. Davis ran for 82
yards on 20 attempts to compliment the 75-yard
day for Merriweather. Baham made the most of
his opportunities in the game, as both of his
receptions went for touchdowns.
Spence Coached at Maryland
Clemson offensive coordinator Rob
Spence served as an assistant coach at
Maryland from 1992-96 under Mark Duffner.
During that time Maryland established 70
school records for offensive production.
Spence's first year, he helped the Maryland
offense score 53 points in a 53-23 Terps win
over Clemson. In 1994, Spence served as
Maryland's quarterbacks coach and the Terps
ranked 10th in the nation in passing offense
behind Scott Milanovich.
Tiger Veterans vs. Maryland
•Gaines Adams (DE )—Had four
tackles, including a sack in 25 plays off the
bench in 2004. Had career high eight tackles,
including 2.5 sacks in 60 plays as a starter in
2005. Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the
Week for that performance in 2005 at Maryland.
•Nathan Bennett (OG )—Had
season high 12.5 knockdown blocks in 62 plays
at Maryland in 2005.
•Cole Chason (P )—Averaged 36.2
on six punts at Maryland in 2003. Averaged
45.0on eight punts in 2004 Clemson victory, the
second best game of his career. Averaged 36.5
on four punts at Maryland in 2005.
•Duane Coleman (CB)—Had 11-36
in 57 plays as a starting running back in 2003 at
Maryland. Had 9-27 rushing as a reserve in
2004. Had 3-55 on kickoff returns in win at
Maryland in 2005.
•James Davis (RB)—Had 20-82
rushing and 3-24 receiving at Maryland in 2005.
•Jad Dean (PK )—Had 21-yard field
goal in 10-7 Clemson win in 2004. Had 4-4
extra points in 28-24 Clemson win in 2005.
•C.J. Gaddis (CB )—Had career high
tying 11 tackles, including eight first hits, and
had 2-27 on kickoff returns at Maryland in 2005.
•Michael Hamlin (S)—Had four
tackles in 25 snaps as a reserve safety in 2005.
•Rashaad Jackson (DT)—Had four
tackles in 21 plays as a reserve in 2005. Had
first career tackle for loss.
•Aaron Kelly (WR)—Had 4-26
receiving at Maryland in 2005.
•Reggie Merriweather (RB)—Had
17-60 and game winning touchdown run with
23 seconds left in 10-7 Clemson win in 2004.
Had 10-75 and game winning 38-yard run with
2:58 left in 2005. Has three total touchdowns
against Maryland in his career.
•Will Proctor (QB)—Has never
played quarterback against Maryland.
•Chansi Stuckey (WR)—Had 1-7
receiving against Maryland in 2004. Had 2-15
receiving and 2-25 in punt returns in 2005
•Nick Watkins (LB) —Had season
high eight tackles in 2004 win against Maryland.
Had 13 tackles, second highest total of his
career, at Maryland in 2005.
Tigers in Terps a Combined 13-4
Clemson and Maryland are both in
the middle of outstanding seasons. Clemson
has a 7-2 mark and is ranked 19th in the nation
in both major polls entering Saturday's noon
game, while the Terps have won three games in
a row and are now 6-2. All three of those
Maryland wins have been by a touchdown or
less, so Ralph Friedgen's team has been the
master of late game heroics. In fact, four of
their six wins have been by a touchdown or
less and each of the last five games they have
played have been decided by a touchdown or
The combined 13-4 record and
combined.765 winning percentage is the best
by the two teams since the 2001 meeting when
Clemson was 5-3 and Maryland was 8-1
entering the late season game in College Park.
Those two records in 2001 combine to reach
the same 13-4 record and .765 winning
percentage. Maryland won that game and went
on to the ACC Championships.
However, this is the first time since
1983 that the teams have met at least four
games into the season with a winning
percentage of at least 75 percent by both
squads. In 1983 entering a game at Clemson,
the Tigers were 7-1-1, while Maryland was 7-2
for a 14-3-1 combined record and .805
The top game in the series in terms of
hype due to strong records and bowl and
league championship implications took place in
1978 when 8-1 Clemson traveled to 9-1
Maryland. Clemson was 12th in the nation
entering the game and Maryland was 11th. The
winner was going to be the ACC Champion and
clinch a bowl bid to the Gator Bowl. The Tigers
came out on top 28-24 behind the play of
quarterback Steve Fuller and receivers Dwight
Clark and Jerry Butler, who both caught long
touchdown passes during the game.
The top combined record for the two
teams in the series took place in 1955 when a
6-1 Clemson team faced an 8-0 Maryland team.
Maryland won that game 25-12 at Clemson.
The Terps were ranked #2 in the nation
entering that game. Maryland has a 4-2 lead in
the series when the two teams combine for at least a 70 percent winning percentage and both teams have at least a
Davis Seeks 1000 Yards for Season, 2000 for Career
Clemson sophomore running back James Davis has 991 yards
in 2006 and obviously needs just nine yards against Maryland to reach
1000 for the season. He has reached the 991 mark on just 151 carries,
giving him a 6.6 average for the season. He is averaging 16.8 carries for
110.1 yards per game and has scored 17 touchdowns, an average of
almost two touchdowns per game.
The ACC record for fewest rushing attempt to reach 1,000
rushing yards in a season is held by former Clemson All-American
Terrence Flagler, who reached 1000 yards in 1986 on just 140 rushing
attempts. Warrick Dunn of Florida State did in 141 attempts during the
1995 season, a year in which he averaged 7.5 yards per carry, an ACC
record for a 1000-yard season. Dais has 151 carries so far this year and
will be the third fastest to 1000 if he reaches nine yards by his third carry
against the Terps.
Clemson has had 11 1000-yard rushing seasons by nine
different players over the years. Raymond Priester (1996-97) and
Woodrow Dantzler (2000-01) are the only players to reach it twice.
Dantzler is the last Clemson player to reach 1,000 yards, as he had 1061
in his senior season of 2001. The last running back to do it is Travis
Zachery, who had 1027 rushing in 2000. However, Zachery was not
Clemson's leading rusher that year, as Dantzler gained 1028 from the
Davis had 879 yards rushing last year and with the 991 so far
this year, stands at 1870 for his career. He needs just 130 rushing yards
against Maryland to reach the 2000-yard mark for his Clemson career.
He would become just the 16th player in Clemson history to reach 2,000
yards in a career. The last to reach it was Woody Dantzler who went
over the 2,000 yard mark in his senior year, 2001. Davis is currently 18th
in Clemson history with his 1870 yards.
Thus nine more yards by Davis will make him the 10th different
player to reach 1,000 yards in a season. His 17 rushing touchdowns
have already tied the Clemson single season mark. Lester Brown, who
has a son on the Clemson track team this year, had 17 rushing
touchdowns in 1978. One more touchdown will tie the overall
Clemson touchdown record held by Travis Zachery, who had 18 in 2000
on 13 rushing touchdowns and five receiving.
Davis is creeping up on some ACC standards. The ACC
record for rushing touchdowns in a season is 19 held by Robert Lavette
of Georgia Tech in 1982, his sophomore year, and 19 by Don McCauley
of North Carolina in 1970, his senior year. McCauley holds the total
touchdowns record with 21 in that same 1970 season (19 rushing and
Clemson Defense among Nation's Best
Clemson's defense has been outstanding all season. Vic
Koenning's group leads the ACC in pass efficiency defense and
quarterback sacks, and is second in total defense, pass defense, and
scoring defense. Even with the loss at Virginia Tech, Clemson is still fifth
in the nation in total defense, allowing just 241.7 yards per game, and
12th in scoring defense, allowing 13.8 points per game. The Tigers are
also 11th pass defense and eighth in pass efficiency defense and 15th in
rushing defense. Clemson has not finished the season in the top 20 in
all four major defensive categories since 1991.
It has been an amazing accomplishment considering
Clemson's top two tacklers from last year, Anthony Waters and Tramaine
Billie, have been lost for the season and played a combined one game.
But, many players have stepped up to fill in the void left by those players.
Nick Watkins, a junior linebacker from New Orleans, LA, is the
top tackler with 70 stops, including nine last week against Virginia Tech.
Duane Coleman has been among the top defensive backs in the ACC
and has 61 tackles and three fumble recoveries.
Antonio Clay, Waters
replacement at middle linebacker, is second on the club in tackles with
67 . He has had 28 tackles in his last two games combined. He had 13
in the win over Georgia Tech and was named ACC Defensive Lineman
of the week. His 15 tackles at Virginia Tech were the most by a Clemson
player since 2003.
Of course, Gaines Adams receives the most notoriety among
the defenders as the senior leads the ACC and ranks in the top 10 in the
nation in sacks with 9.5 and he is also second in the ACC in tackles for
loss with 13.5. He has 19 quarterback pressures, six more than any
other Clemson player.
How good has this Clemson defense been this year? The unit
has given up more than 260 yards just twice all year, at Boston College
and at Virginia Tech.
Clemson - Maryland Game Notes
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