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Not Dead Yet: Maryland 24, Clemson 21

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Clemson kicker Richard Jackson (19) reacts after missing a field goal against Maryland during the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Clemson kicker Richard Jackson (19) reacts after missing a field goal against Maryland during the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Terps Go From “Season Over” to First Place in 3 1/2 Hours

With about four minutes to go in College Park Saturday Clemson kicker Richard Jackson drilled a 48-yard field goal to tie the game. Only he didn’t. Just before the snap Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen had called timeout. After the break Jackson missed wide right.

The Terps fumbled the ball on the next play and with 2:43 left on the clock Jackson had a shot at redemption. Another 48-yard attempt, another one wide right.

Bullets dodged.

It was a rare afternoon this fall. The breaks went Maryland’s way and they held on for a 24-21 win over Clemson.

Maryland’s defense played their best game of the year not giving up any points in the second half and not allowing Clemson to reach the end zone after the first quarter. The Tigers only second-half points came on a C.J. Spiller kick-return touchdown. The Terps limited Spiller to only 79 yards from scrimmage on the day.

Torrey Smith had three catches for 64 yards and a touchdown and added 100 yards on four kick returns.

The bad news for Maryland, Da’Rel Scott had three carries for zero yards and was carted off the field with his left wrist in an air-cast.

With the win Maryland is now in first place in the ACC Atlantic division. The Terps travel to Winston-Salem to take on Wake Forest next Saturday at 6:30 pm.

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Terps vs. Rutgers: Five Reasons to Feel Good

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Before each game we’ll give Five Reasons to Be Concerned, Five Reasons to Feel Good, and The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction.* We gave you the bad stuff. Now here’s the good stuff.

1. Rutgers Is Bad Too
The Scarlet Knights are 2-1 but the wins are a rout of Howard and an 8-point win against Florida International. The loss was 47-15 embarrassment at home against Cincinnati.

2. Torrey Smith
The WR and kick returner is a STAR. Last week he had five catches for 165 yards and two TDs. If they double him a deep receiving corps gets more opportunities. If they try man coverage he could have another huge day.

3. Turner Loves Rutgers
His career really started in the 2007 game at Rutgers. RU was ranked #10 at the time, Chris Turner came in for an injured Jordan Steffy and led the Terps to the 27-17 upset. Since then he has started 23 of 24 games for Maryland.

4. History 201: The Meaning of 1-2
Under Ralph Friedgen, the Terps have started 1-2 three times before this year. In ’05 they struggled to a 5-6 record. But in ’03 they rallied to go 10-3 and destroy West Virginia 41-7 in the Gator Bowl. In ’02 they finished 11-3 and beat Tennessee 30-3 in the Peach Bowl. I’m not saying that they’ll win 10 games this year, I’m just saying that Friedgen knows how to turn it around.

5. The Rutgers QB
When the season started fifth-year senior Dominic Natale was the QB, but after a horrible first half against Cincinnati he was replaced by true freshman Tom Savage. Savage played well against Howard and Florida International but was hurt late in the FIU game and is questionable for the Maryland game.

* Guarantee not valid in Piscataway or anywhere else

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Terps vs. James Madison: What the Hell Just Happened?

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Maryland escaped with a 38-35 OT win over James Madison. JMU missed a 41-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime, then Maryland got inside the 10 before new kicker Nick Ferrara won it with a 26-yarder.

Maryland led 21-6 in the second quarter but couldn’t score for the next 23 minutes. By then JMU had taken the lead 28-21. The Terps scored with 5:09 to go to force the OT.

On their first two plays in the extra session Maryland gave the ball to Da’Rel Scott. That equaled the amount of carries he had in the entire second half. Maryland cannot continue to abandon the run. Scott is an All-ACC runner and needs carries if Maryland is going to salvage this season.

The breakout star of the game was Torrey Smith. He had eight catches for 80 yards, an 81-yard kickoff return for a TD, and an eight-yard rushing TD.

On the offensive side our prediction was dead-on. We had the Terps scoring 34, and in regulation they put up 35. What we didn’t see coming was a second-straight disastrous game for the defense. Giving up 52 to Cal is bad, but it can happen. Giving up 35 to JMU is another story.

Up next, a revenge game against Middle Tennessee State, Saturday at 3:30 at Byrd.

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