NCAA Game Summary - Maryland at Clemson|
(Saturday, October 16th)
Final Score: Clemson 31, Maryland 7
Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Andre Ellington scored on a kickoff return and
also had a rushing touchdown, as the Clemson Tigers cruised to a 31-7 win over
the Maryland Terrapins in ACC action at Memorial Stadium.
Clemson (3-3, 1-2 ACC) snapped a three-game skid despite just 213 yards of
total offense for the game. Ellington had 41 yards on 16 carries, while
quarterback Kyle Parker completed only 7-of-20 passes for 106 yards.
Maryland (4-2, 1-1) saw its modest two-game win streak come to an end, despite
racking up 350 yards of total offense. Danny O'Brien threw for 302 yards with
no touchdowns and three interceptions.
Clemson got three points on its opening drive as Chandler Catanzaro connected
on a 42-yard field goal.
The Terps took a 7-3 lead thanks to a trick play at the 11:33 mark of the
second quarter, when running back Da'Rel Scott tossed a four-yard touchdown
pass to O'Brien.
However, Ellington grabbed the momentum right back for Clemson by returning
the ensuing kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown to put the Tigers back on top.
Terps' kicker Travis Baltz missed a 33-yard field goal attempt midway through
the second quarter. Clemson took over possession and drove 80 yards in just
under seven minutes, with running back Jamie Harper scoring on a 4th-and-1 to
make it a 17-7 game with 32 seconds remaining until halftime.
Clemson added to its lead early in the third quarter as Ellington scored on a
one-yard plunge, which was set up by a long punt return that gave the Tigers
the ball on the Maryland 21-yard line.
The Tigers put the game away at the 5:31 mark of the fourth quarter, when
Xavier Brewer stepped in front of an O'Brien pass and returned it 61 yards for
the game's final touchdown.
Maryland had won three of its last four matchups with Clemson, but the Tigers
controlled this one from start to finish.
10/16 17:14:43 ET