Maryland/Clemson- High Five/Low Five

TSR looks back at the high five and low five from Saturday's loss to Clemson

High Five

1. Outgained Clemson offensively

Maryland racked up more yards than Clemson, 350 to 213. They were virtually even in time of possession. The Terps were able to move the ball well and spread around the football. Nine players caught a pass and six had at least one rushing attempt.

2. Da’Rel Scott halfback pass to Danny O”Brien

It was the only time the Terps scored. The trick play was executed efficiently. It’s rare to see a quarterback catch a touchdown pass, but O’Brien was open and Scott showed off his QB skills to complete the pass.

3. Run Defense

They went out there knowing they wanted to stop the run. Andre Ellington, who came into the game averaging 5.8 yards per carry for the season, was held to 41 yards on 16 rushes. You take away Ellington and Parker’s 41 yards each and Clemson only had 12 rushing yards.

4. Will Yeatman emerges onto the scene

In his first game of the season the senior tight end made his presence known. He played a crucial role on Maryland’s touchdown drive catching three passes. Those three catches, which were his only three of the game, accumulated 41 yards.

5. Defensive Third Down Efficiency

The Terps got it done on third down. They only allowed Clemson to convert 4 of their 16 first down attempts. Pretty efficient. They did allow the Tigers to successfully convert two of their three fourth down attempts, though.

Low Five

1. Danny O’Brien’s Three Interceptions

Turnovers will kill a team and they sure killed Maryland. As good as O’Brien may have looked, he turned the ball over three times. At times he was totally inefficient and was even throwing behind receivers. One of his interceptions was returned 61 yards for a touchdown by Xavier Brewer.

2. Pass Rush

The team had no sacks. That’s never a good thing. Plus when they were able to get through the line Kyle Parker was quick enough to get away. Although he only had 106 yards passing he was able to scramble for an extra 41 on 10 attempts.

3. Running game

The running game, which is supposed to fuel this offense, had another off day. Against one of the worst rush defenses in the nation the Terps had a total of 44 rushing yards. Davin Meggett had 29 yards and Scott had a mere 18. The one bright spot was Taylor Watson. In his first true action of the season he ran the ball twice for 15 yards. His long was a 13-yard run.

4. Offensive line

Pete DeSouza struggled. He had a couple holding penalties called against him. The entire line had a rough day against the ACC’s top pass-rush. They were called for a number of penalties and could not stop Da’Quan Bowers.

5. Kickoff/Punt Coverage

After the Terps scored their touchdown they gave up a kick return for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff. They held the lead for about 12 seconds and never regained it. They also gave a long punt return to Jaron Brown, who ran for 41 yards and set up one of Clemson’s touchdowns.

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