High Five1. 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. DaRel Scott halfback pass to Danny OBrien
It was the only time the Terps scored. The trick play was executed efficiently. Its rare to see a quarterback catch a touchdown pass, but OBrien 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 Parkers 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 Marylands 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.
1. Danny OBriens Three Interceptions
Turnovers will kill a team and they sure killed Maryland. As good as OBrien 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. Thats 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 ACCs top pass-rush. They were called for a number of penalties and could not stop DaQuan 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 Clemsons touchdowns.