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Terps' offense fails defense in 40-27 loss

Maryland kept it close for three quarters, but offensive inefficiencies left them unable to capitalize on opportunities.

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Terps trail 19-13 after three

The Terrapin defense continues its relentless pressure on Clemson, forcing two turnovers that turned into points, as Maryland trails by six heading into the fourth quarter.

Early in the period, the Maryland defense made a huge play. Tajh Boyd swung the ball out to Sammy Watkins on the left side, and Matt Robinson forced the fumble. Darius Kilgo pounced on it for the Terrapins' first turnover forced in ACC play, and Maryland got the ball deep in Clemson territory. After three poor offensive plays, Brad Craddock hit a tough 41-yard field goal in the wind, bringing the Tiger lead down to 16-10.

On Clemson's next play from scrimmage, Marcus Whitfield forced another fumble. Robinson recovered, giving Maryland the ball at the 26. The offense stalled again, but Craddock hit another 41-yarder, making it 16-13.

Boyd and Clemson moved down the field on their next drive, and on third-and-goal from the seven, the quarterback seemed to find an open receiver over the middle. Shawn Petty seemingly came out of nowhere to jump up and deflect the pass, and the player who quarterbacked the Terps in last year's contest made a key play in this one. Clemson hit yet another field goal -- their fourth of the game -- to make it 19-13.

Maryland's next drive started with their first first down of the half, as Rowe found Levern Jacobs on a screen pass for a 12-yard gain. Penalties caused them stall out, however, and Clemson got the ball back. Maryland forced a punt, and began to drive down the field, with two first downs before punting the ball away before the end of the quarter.

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Terps trial 16-7 at halftime

Clemson rebounded in the second quarter with ten unanswered points, giving the Tigers a 16-7 lead heading into halftime.

Albert Reid started the quarter with a 23-yard run, bringing the Terps to the Clemson nine-yard line. Two plays later, Caleb Rowe was intercepted in the end zone by Jayron Kearse, who returned it to the 25.

Clemson drove down the field with relative ease, setting up another crucial third-down opportunity near the goal line. The Terrapin defense held up for the third time on the day, forcing a third Chandler Catanzaro field goal. Clemson took the lead 9-7 on the 25-yarder.

Maryland's next drive stalled with Ricardo Young getting quite a few snaps. On third-and-three, he took a zone read up the middle but was stuffed, forcing a punt.

Clemson opened up on their next drive when Boyd completed a third-down screen pass to Sammy Watkins, who powered forward for a 21-yard gain. The Terrapins came through with another huge third down stop, as Yannick Ngakoue broke through for a sack of Tajh Boyd. That turned an almost guaranteed scoring opportunity into a punt, giving the Terps the ball.

Maryland went three-and-out with the help of a false start penalty, giving Clemson the ball near midfield. With nine seconds left in the half, Boyd found Jordan Leggett in the end zone for a five-yard touchdown, making it 16-7.

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Terps lead 7-6 after first quarter

The Terrapins have come to play on Homecoming day, as they lead the visiting No. 9 Clemson Tigers 7-6 after one quarter.

Maryland went three-and-out on their first drive, as two runs by Albert Reid went a combined six yards before Caleb Rowe's bullet of a pass went through Malcolm Culmer's hands.

Tajh Boyd went to work immediately against the Terrapin defense, completing five of his first six passes for 37 yards (while Roderick McDowell ran for 20 more), but Maryland held strong in the red zone, forcing a 31-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro.

Maryland scored on their next drive, when Caleb Rowe found Levern Jacobs over the middle on a slant route. Jacobs had an infinite amount of open space ahead of him, and took the third down toss 71 yards for a touchdown.

On Clemson's next drive, Maryland seemed to stop the Tiger offense just outside of the red zone, when Roderick McDowell was cornered in the backfield on third-and-long on a draw play. Poor tackling by the Terrapins allowed McDowell to escape for the first down, and Will Likely was called for pass interference in the end zone to set up another opportunity. Back-to-back stops by the Maryland defense made it third-and-goal, and Cole Farrand and Sean Davis broke through with a huge sack. Catanzaro hit a 29-yard field goal, cutting the Maryland lead to 7-6.

Maryland moved down the field on their next drive, thanks to back-to-back first down completions from Caleb Rowe -- to Albert Reid and Nigel King. Later in the drive, Rowe found Levern Jacobs for a 22-yard gain, bringing the ball to the 32-yard line. That's where the Terps will start in quarter number two.

Quick numbers:

Caleb Rowe: 4/7, 114 yards, one touchdown

Albert Reid: Five rushes, 17 yards

Levern Jacobs: Two catches, 93 yards, one touchdown

Sean Davis: Six tackles, fumble forced

Abner Logan: Four tackles, one for a loss

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GameThread

Talk Terps as they take on the Tigers for Homecoming.

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Maryland-Clemson viewing guide

The Terps take on the Tigers in a homecoming matchup.

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Clemson preview: Do you believe in miracles?

The hobbled Terps will need one in College Park Saturday afternoon.

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Brown, four other starters out against Clemson

The Terps enter their homecoming game significantly hobbled.

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Behind Enemy Lines: Clemson

Looking ahead to Saturday's meeting with Clemson at Byrd Stadium, with staff from Shakin the Southland.

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Depth chart: Rowe and Brown co-starters

After a slew of injuries and an embarrassing defeat to Wake Forest, Maryland's depth chart has a new look.

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