OFFENSE: A- The offense did everything it wanted to despite a very poor playing field. The Tigers ran for 249 yards and quarterback Cullen Harper had only six incompletions in 26 attempts. The only time Clemson was stopped offensively was when it committed a penalty. There was a turnover and the Tigers had to settle for a field goal after having it first-and-goal at the 1.
DEFENSE: B The defense completely shut down the Maryland offense threw the first 50 minutes of the game. The Terps couldn't rush or pass until the game was well out of hand and the Tigers got a little lax. Clemson managed to force two turnovers, both coming at crucial spots. But a 92-yard drive by Maryland in the fourth quarter erased a lot of good numbers.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B The specials performed pretty well with three field goals, a couple of touchbacks on kickoffs and no big plays by Maryland. The only lapses were the missed 41-yard field goal by Mark Buchholz and a successful fake punt attempt by Maryland. This makes two games in a row the Tigers have a passing grade.
COACHING: A Realizing they didn't have to throw the ball all over the field, 46 running plays were called for James Davis and C.J. Spiller. The coaching staff was content on wearing down the Maryland defense. The Tigers also had the right schemes on defense and prevented the Terps from doing much of anything.
OVERALL: A- There's room for improvement, but overall, it was a very good effort by Clemson. The Tigers should have won this game by a couple of touchdowns and that's exactly what they did. The team seems to be playing its best after playing its worst just two weeks ago.
GRADES: Clemson-Maryland Grades
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