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Terps-Clemson Notes

Here are some notes provided by Maryland's media relations department. (The short headlines were written by school officials, not me.)

Good Company: With its win over Clemson on Saturday, Maryland is now 4-1 for the first time since the ACC Champion 2001 squad reeled off seven straight victories to start that season and the Ralph Friedgen era.

Turtle Power: By beating No. 20 Clemson, Maryland has now won four consecutive games against ranked opponents dating back to last season, having also defeated No. 23 Cal on Sept. 13, as well as No. 8 Boston College and No. 10 Rutgers in 2007.

Coach Against Clemson: The Terps struggled versus the Tigers prior to the arrival of Ralph Friedgen in 2001, losing 13 of the previous 14 meetings, but the current Maryland head coach has experienced success in the rivalry. Maryland is now 5-3 against Clemson during the Friedgen era.

Tale of Two Halves: After surrendering 260 total yards and 17 first downs to Clemson in the first half, the Maryland defense limited the Tigers to 112 total yards – including just 26 rushing yards – and just two first downs in the second half.

Benchmark for Success: Maryland still has seven regular season games to play in 2008, but recent history suggests beating Clemson might be an indication of good things to come for the Terps. In the four previous instances in which Maryland has defeated Clemson during the Ralph Friedgen era, the Terps finished those seasons with an average of 10 wins.

Road Warriors: With the Terps’ victory on Saturday, the visiting team has now won each of the last four games in the Maryland-Clemson series. The home team has not won since the Tigers did so in 2004.

Unsung Hero: Senior WR Danny Oquendo had four catches for 49 yards with three came on the decisive drive of the game. He accounted for 43 of the 45 yards on Maryland’s game-winning, fourth-quarter drive, hauling in three passes, including a 21-yarder which gave the Terps first-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

Misc. Notes:

· The Terps were plus three in turnovers. Maryland did not turn the ball over, but forced two Clemson fumbles and picked off one pass. Entering the game, Maryland was -0.50 in turnover margin on the season.

· Sophomore LB Alex Wujciak had a career-high 16 tackles, including a stop of QB Cullen Harper on fourth-and-1 on the Tigers’ final possession. It was the most stops since Erin Henderson racked up 18 vs. Virginia last season.

· With his career-long 76-yard run to set up the Terps’ first touchdown, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is now averaging 31.0 yards per rush this season. His run was the longest allowed by Clemson since the 2000 season.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 28, 2008; 7:44 AM ET
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Comments

Not to bust the Athletic Department's bubble, but having a +3 turnover ratio for the game is excellent, but having 6 points off those turnovers is anything but.

Posted by: Steven F | September 28, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"With its win over Clemson on Saturday, Maryland is now 4-1 for the first time since the ACC Champion 2001 squad reeled off seven straight victories to start that season and the Ralph Friedgen era."

Huh?? If they reeled off 7 straight victories to start the season, they were never 4-1...

Posted by: junki | September 28, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Steve, the 3-0 turnover differential was the key to the game. Terps might have only had 6 points off them but the way Clemson moved the ball in the first half they prevented at least 13 points...

Posted by: Lee | September 29, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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