NOTES: Maryland at Clemson

Clemson holds a 30-24-2 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.

Clemson vs. Maryland Series
•Clemson holds a 30-24-2 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. The two schools have played every year since 1952, the longest active continuous rivalry for the Tigers against an ACC school. It is the longest continuous rivalry for Maryland Maryland won each of the first four games in the series before the Tigers got a tie in 1956 and a win in 1957.

•The visiting team has won each of the last three games of the series. Clemson's 10-7 win at Clemson in 2004 is the last time the home team was victorious.

•Clemson has won three of the last four, and 11 of 15 against Maryland, including last year's 30-17 win at Maryland, which was Clemson's largest margin of victory in the series since a 35-14 win in 2000. It was Clemson's largest margin of victory at Maryland since a 17-0 win at College Park in 1995. . Tommy Bowden is 5-4 against Maryland in his career, but Ralph Friedgen is 4-3 against the Tigers and Bowden. So both coaches have a winning record against the opposing school.

•Clemson had won eight in a row and 13 of 14 prior to Ralph Friedgen's return to his alma mater for the 2001 season.

•The three meetings between 2004-06 were decided within the last three minutes of the game and the average victory margin in those three games was just 2.7 points.

•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 themselves.

•In 2002, Maryland defeated Clemson in Death Valley, its first win at Memorial Stadium since 1985. It was Ralph Friedgen's first game as Maryland head coach against Clemson in Death Valley. Clemson has won nine of the last 11 between the two teams in Death Valley, but Maryland won the most recent meeting, 13-12 in 2006. That was a game that kept Clemson out of the ACC Championship game. Clemson has a 16-12 lead in the series in games played at Clemson and a 13-11-1 lead in games played in Byrd Stadium. The teams were 1-1-1 in three games played in Baltimore.

•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 224 and Maryland is second with 195.

•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 with nine.

•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 Valley.

•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 by any individual was recorded by Clemson's Don Kelley against Maryland in 1970. He had 224 total return yards on punt and interception returns in that game.

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. Clemson has a 2-1 record against Maryland in the three years Spence has been at Clemson, but the visiting team has won all three games.

Clemson Veterans vs. Maryland
Thomas Austin (C)—Played only three snaps as a freshman in 2006. Had 12.5 knockdown blocks and graded out at 92% in 91 snaps in 2007.

Mark Buchholz (PK)—Went 3-4 on field goal attempts, converting from 35, 34, and 20 yards, and 3-3 on extra point attempts, scoring 12 points in 2007.

Crezdon Butler (CB)—Recorded two tackles and broke up a pass in only 12 snaps in 2006. Had four tackles, broke up a pass, and had an interception in 52 snaps as a starter in 2007.

Chris Chancellor (CB)—Had one tackle on special teams in 2006. Registered five tackles, broke up a pass, and forced a fumble in 53 plays as a starter in 2007.

Chris Clemons (FS)—Recorded four tackles in just four snaps as a freshman in 2005. Had 12 tackles, including a tackle for loss, and broke up a pass in 63 snaps as a starter in 2006. Recorded 10 tackles in 63 snaps as a starter in 2007.

James Davis (RB)—Ran for 82 yards on 20 carries and caught three passes for 24 yards as a freshman starter in 2005. Ran 20 times for 90 yards as a starter in 2006. Rushed for 129 yards on 29 carries and a touchdown as a starter in 2007.

Jacoby Ford (WR)—Had two catches for six yards, returned a kickoff for 16 yards, and returned a punt for 16 yards as a freshman in 2006. Had three receptions for 37 yards, two kick returns for 43 yards, and two punt returns for 12 yards as a starter in 2007.

Tyler Grisham (WR)—Did not record a catch in 13 plays as a freshman reserve in 2005. Had three receptions for 28 yards as a starter in 2006. Caught four passes for 32 yards as a starter in 2007.

Michael Hamlin (SS)—Registered four tackles and broke up a pass in 24 snas as a freshman in 2005. Had nine tackles, including a tackle for loss, and an interception in 63 snaps as a starter in 2006. Recorded eight tackles and recovered a fumble in 63 snaps as a starter in 2007.

Cullen Harper (QB)—Completed 20 of 26 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns as a starter in 2007. Also added five carries for 12 yards.

Aaron Kelly (WR)—Caught four passes for 26 yards as a freshman starter in 2005. Had one reception for seven yards as a starter in 2006. Had five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown as a starter in 2007.

Jimmy Maners (P)—Had two punts for 74 yards, averaging 37.0 yards per punt, as a starter in 2007.

Michael Palmer (TE)—Did not catch a pass in 26 plays as a freshman in 2006. Caught two passes for 13 yards and a touchdown as a starter in 2007.

Ricky Sapp (DE)—Did not record a tackle in six snaps as a freshman in 2006. Had three tackles and two quarterback pressures in 52 snaps as a starter in 2007.

Dorell Scott (DT)—Had two tackles, including a sack, and a quarterback pressure in 31 snaps as a starter in 2006. Recorded two tackles and a quarterback pressure in 48 snaps as a starter in 2007.

C.J. Spiller (RB)—Rushed for 41 yards on nine carries, had two catches for two yards, and returned two kicks for 34 yards as a freshman in 2006. Had 17 carries for 106 yards and five catches for 37 yards as a starter in 2007.

Terps Enter with 3-1 Record
After a 14-7 win over Delaware in the season opener, Maryland lost its second game of the year at Middle Tennessee State, a team coached by former Clemson assistant coach Rick Stockstill. But since that loss, the Terps have defeated 23rd ranked California, 35-27 and Eastern Michigan 51-24.

With 86 points in their last two games, the Terps come to Clemson looking for a second consecutive win at Clemson Memorial Stadium. They kept Clemson out of the ACC Championship game in 2006 with a 13-12 victory on a field goal on the last play of the game.

Maryland has always been a balanced team since Ralph Friedgen returned to his alma mater as head coach in 2001. This year is no exception as the Terms are averaging 197 yards a game on the ground and 187 yards per game through the air. They have nine touchdowns rushing and six passing.

Da'Rel Scott has been the key to the ground attack with 407 yards in three games, 135.7 yards per game. He leads the ACC in rushing and ranks fifh in the nation in yards per game and is among the best in yards per carry with a 7.3 average. Davin Meggett, son of the former NFL standout, is second on the team in rushing with 159 and he has a 5.3 average. As a team, Maryland averages 5.3 yards per rush.

Chris Turner is the starting quarterback and he has completed 60 percent of this throws for 586 yards. His favorite target is Darrius Heyward-Bey who has 12 catches for 250 yards and three scores. That includes an 80-yard scoring reception. He was one of the top receivers in the ACC last year, but he failed to catch a pass in Clemson's 30-17 victory in College Park.

Maryland is solid on defense and has 22 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a team so far this year. David Philistin is the top tackler with 37, while Alex Wujciak is second with 27 tackles. He also has 3.5 tackles for loss. Rick Costa actually leads the team in tackles for loss and sacks.

The early season highlight for Maryland has been that victory over 23rd ranked California. Scott had 19 carries for 87 yards and two scores, both in the first quarter, as the Terps scored the first three times they had the ball. Turner was outstanding throwing the ball, hitting 15-19 passes for 156 yards and two scores.

Terp Assistant Played at Clemson
Long time Clemson fans will notice a familiar face on the Maryland sidelines this Saturday. Danny Pearman is the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach for Maryland. Pearman is a 1987 Clemson graduate who was a member of the 1986 and 1987 Clemson ACC Championship teams as a tight end.

Pearman is coaching his fourth different ACC school. He was an assistant at Virginia Tech from 1998-2005, moved on to North Carolina for the 2006 season where he worked with current Clemson coach Andre Powell, and coached at Duke last year. He was a graduate assistant at Clemson under Danny Ford in 1988 and 1989.

He then served as a graduate assistant and full time assistant at Alabama from 1990-97. He was a coach on the 1992 Alabama team that won the national championship. Current Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was a player on that team.

Active Tigers Among National Leaders
Clemson has seven different players who are ranked among the top 20 active players in the nation in various career statistical categories. James Davis leads the way with eight different top 20 rankings in various areas of rushing, scoring and all-purpose running.

Davis is seventh in the nation among active Division I players in terms of rushing yards with 3379. He actually has a higher ranking in career rushing touchdowns with 40 (fourth) and career total touchdowns (fifth) with 42. He is fifth in career carries with 626, ranks 12th in total points scored with 252 and is 13th in all-purpose running yards with 3722.

C.J. Spiller has the highest ranking with a first place standing in yards per all-purpose running per play at 8.39 (min 400 touches). He is tied for first in career kickoff returns for touchdown with three and is second in career rushing yards per carry with 6.25. Spiller has 1912 career rushing yards in 306 attempts.

Other Tigers who rank among the national leaders in career categories are Aaron Kelly, Cullen Harper, Michael Hamlin, Jimmy Maners and Mark Buchholz. Kelly is sixth among active players in career receptions, Hamlin is fifth in career interceptions, Buchholz is fifth in points per game and Maners is seventh in punting average. Top Stories