NOTEBOOK: Ford injured, Davis treats linemen

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – It was a big win for Clemson Saturday, but it came at a very steep price as one of its top playmakers was lost for the season with a broken ankle.

On a running play in the fourth quarter, Jacoby Ford was tackled on the sidelines and simultaneously got his ankle rolled up under the defender. The end result was a broken ankle.

The sophomore's season comes to an end with 17 receptions for 310 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 14 rushes for 172 yards.

It's a big blow also in the special teams area as Ford, one of the fastest players in all of college football, was the team's main punt returner and a valuable kickoff return man.

Offense puts up points: The Clemson offense struggled mightily scoring touchdowns last year against Maryland. That sure wasn't that case this time.

The Tigers ripped off 30 points, but it looked early on as though it would be a mirror image of last year when placekicker Mark Buchholz missed a 41-yard field goal on Clemson's first drive of the game.

But the Tigers continued their steady offensive drives and finally scored a touchdown when quarterback Cullen Harper hit Aaron Kelly on a 27-yard post pattern with 9:17 left in the first half.

The scoring pass ended a drought of 83:41 of play against the Terrapins without a touchdown.

The last time Clemson had scored a touchdown against against them came when tailback Reggie Merriweather dashed 38 yard for a score with 2:58 left in the fourth quarter in 2005.

TD record: When Harper connected with tight end Michael Palmer with 12:02 left in the game, it gave the quarterback his 21st touchdown pass of the season, which ties the school's all-time mark.

Woody Dantzler threw 21 in 2001 and Charlie Whitehurst did it in 2003.

"That's pretty cool," Harper said. "We've just got to keep doing what we're doing and break it next week."

It was also Palmer's first touchdown of his career.

ACC refs: Leave to the officials of the ACC to botch even replay calls.

The officials, which are generally regarded as some of the worst in the entire country, blew two touchdown calls, both of which went against Clemson.

In the second quarter, Clemson tailback C.J. Spiller caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Harper. He bobbled the reception, but clearly had gained control and had his foot inbounds for the score.

Replay officials reversed the call and said it was no catch. It made no difference, however, as James Davis scored on the very next play.

Late in the game, Maryland running back Keon Lattimore was clearly stopped before reaching the goal line one a third-and-goal from the one, but replay officials didn't overturn that call.

Only in the ACC.

Quick hits: Wide receiver Rendrick Taylor didn't play Saturday, but Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said he hasn't thought about giving the junior a medical hardship.

"There's still more games to play," Bowden said. "I haven't discussed it with him." …

Buchholz missed a 41-yard field goal in the first quarter, making him just 2-of-6 on the season between 40-45 yards. … Davis said he's going to take the entire offensive line to Wild Wing Café Tuesday for dinner. It's buy one, get one free night at the sports restaurant. …

Offensive guard Chris McDuffie, who went down late in the first quarter, said it's just a sprained ankle and that he should be fine for Duke. … Defensive tackle Rashaad Jackson has a strained knee and more tests will be done Sunday to determine how severe the injury is. Early word is that it doesn't appear to be season-ending. Top Stories