Terps Road Woes Continue, Fall 31-7

The Maryland offense was a no show in the Terps 31-7 loss to Clemson Saturday.

Heading into Saturday’s contest against the Clemson Tigers, Maryland head coach identified four keys to victory – stopping Andre Ellington, establishing the run, being solid in the kicking game and eliminating turnovers.

When it was all said and done, the Terps’ failure to meet those objectives that led to a 31-7 finish in favor of the home team.

After completing over 72 percent of his passes in the first half, Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien connected on less than half of his 27 second half attempts. And as the Clemson defense amped up the pressure on the freshman signal-caller, O’Brien threw three interceptions, the first of his young career, and the first for the Terrapins since their last road matchup in Morgantown.

Tigers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers totaled three sacks on the afternoon, but made his influence felt against true freshman right tackle Pete DeSouza, too. DeSouza’s four holding penalties against Bowers were among the 10 total committed by the Terps.

Maryland’s rushing attack was held in check, limiting running backs Da’Rel Scott to 18 yards on four carries and Davin Meggett 29 yards on eight carries. The team had no choice to abandon the run after falling behind by 10 points just six seconds into the second half.

Travis Baltz’s 33-yard field goal miss was just his second miss on the year. Coming into today’s game, Baltz had connected on 80 percent of his kicks, and was perfect between distances of 30 to 39 yards.

On the flip side, the Terps were unable to limit Ellington to just 41 yards on the ground, keeping him to a 2.6 yard per carry average. However, the running back was able to take advantage of sloppy special teams with an 87-yard kickoff return in the second quarter, giving his Tigers a lead they would refuse to surrender.

The Terps’ sixth-best red zone defense entering Saturday was finally exploited. The defense relinquished two one-yard rushing touchdowns, as Clemson was successful every visit inside Maryland’s 20-yard line.

The second loss on the season for the Terps came in their second road game. Friedgen expressed hope earlier in the week that his team would have progressed since their last road game, and insisted a win at Death Valley would do wonders for his team’s confidence going forward.

Maryland will have another opportunity to correct their road woes next Saturday, as they face off against the Boston College Eagles at Chestnut Hill.

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