Maryland vs Clemson- Quarterly Report

TSR's Ben Worsley gives a quarterly report of the Maryland vs Clemson game.

FIRST QUARTER

SUMMARY: Both defenses set the tone early on; forcing three punts on the first three drives. But Maryland returner Anthony Wiseman fumbled a punt, which gave Clemson new life on its second drive of the game, allowing the Tigers to kick a 41-yard field goal and take a 3-0 lead. Maryland's offense sputtered, while Clemson pieced together an 8-play, 79-yard touchdown drive that gave the Tigers a 10-0 lead and all the momentum going into the second quarter.

KEY PLAY: After two great Maryland defensive stands, Wiseman's fumbled punt at Clemson's 41 yard line squandered great field position and allowed Clemson's drive to continue, leading to its first points.

KEY PLAYER: Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker kept his offense moving steadily, going 8-for-13 for 84 yards.

KEY STAT: While Clemson put together two scoring drives with 141 yards, Maryland was held to just 26 yards.

SECOND QUARTER

SUMMARY: A rocky first quarter was offset by a sudden Maryland outburst. The Terps scored on all their drives (excluding a kneel down with four seconds left), highlighted by a 29-yard touchdown from quarterback Chris Turner to receiver Torrey Smith and a 4-yard toss to receiver Ronnie Tyler. Maryland's defense gave Parker a tough time, picking him off once, sacking him once and holding his offense to 61 yards, less than half the yardage it amassed in the first quarter. Clemson kicker Richard Jackson did hit a 51-yarder, but Maryland's balanced effort gave it a 17-13 lead at halftime.

KEY PLAY: With 2:15 left, Maryland ran its two-minute offense flawlessly. It drove 81 yards on nine plays, with all but one coming on first or second down. The drive was capped off by a go-ahead touchdown.

KEY PLAYER: Turner was on fire in the quarter, going 9-for-11 for 138 yards and two touchdowns. He also picked up three first downs on the ground.

KEY STAT: Chris Turner had his best statistical quarter of the season, completing a staggering 82% of his passes to six receivers. He threw for 138 yards and two touchdowns, both personal season highs for a quarter.

THIRD QUARTER

SUMMARY: Special teams provided the big plays in the second half, while offensive production ground to a halt. Maryland returner Tony Logan ran a punt back 43 yards to the Clemson one yard line, where running back Davin Meggett punched it in to give Maryland a 24-13 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Clemson's dangerous C.J. Spiller ran the ball back 92 yards for a touchdown. A successful two-point conversion made the score 24-21 going into the final quarter.

KEY PLAY: Logan's 43-yard punt return with 5:38 left set up a touchdown that added valuable padding to the Terps' slim lead.

KEY PLAYER: Logan, a seldom-used sophomore who had returned one punt all season, set up a crucial touchdown that put Maryland ahead by two scores.

KEY STAT: Offensively, Clemson was held to a single yard, while Maryland was held to just 32. On special teams, though, Clemson racked up 92 yards, while Maryland amassed 103.

FOURTH QUARTER

SUMMARY: After both offenses took turns struggling for nine minutes, the excitement came with 5:59 left. A questionable 4th-and-inches attempt by Maryland at its own 29 yard line gave Clemson terrific field position, but Jackson missed a 48-yard field goal to give the ball to Maryland. Meggett fumbled on the next play, though, giving Clemson another shot. Jackson had another 48-yard attempt, but he missed it again. Clemson got the ball yet again with 1:30 remaining, but a sack and forced fumble by linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield sealed the deal. Maryland escaped with a 24-21 victory.

KEY PLAY: With Clemson driving at Maryland's 28 yard line, Hartsfield's sack and forced fumble with 27 seconds left put the final nail in Clemson's coffin.

KEY PLAYER: Clemson had two chances to tie the game, but Jackson, who leads the NCAA in field goals made, went 0-for-2 in the quarter; ironically, both misses were from 48 yards.

KEY STAT: After losing the turnover battle 5-0 last week against Rutgers, Maryland won this week against Clemson, 3-2.


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