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Terps Win, 20-17

An improbable victory, to say the least. Clemson had dominated Maryland in the first half.

But two critical third-down passes by Chris Turner in the final four minutes. A big catch by Da'Rel Scott, and these fans are leaving in stunned silence.

Who do you credit most for the win?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 27, 2008; 3:09 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Defense stepped up big time, turner played poorly but stepped up big time when he needed to on those 3rd down plays-Are we top 25?Jus think if we had beat Middle tennessee

Posted by: Kyle | September 27, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Chris Cosh made some excellent halftime adjustments, much to my shock. Nice W all around!!!

Posted by: Gooooo Maryland | September 27, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

That was a total team win. The D stepped up big time in the 2nd half and while the offense could have been better, they made the big plays when they needed too.

Posted by: Eric | September 27, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Defensive adjustments did it. Can't believe Chris Cosh made those adjustments - crazy!

Posted by: oneterp | September 27, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I've ripped Cosh, but will credit him with the turnaround. Great win!!!

Posted by: DelawareMike | September 27, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

And Turner came up big when he absolutely had to.

Posted by: oneterp | September 27, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

EVERYONE stepped up when it matted. Cosh made adjustments, the players started executing, Turner made some big throws, Oquendo and Tyler and Da'Rel made some big catches... wow, just wow...


Posted by: Sam | September 27, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The defense. Holding Clemson scoreless in the 2nd half, holding them on 4th and inches.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | September 27, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm speechless (and that's rare). What a half time adjustment. Great game (at least 2nd half). I'll be wearing my Terps jersey to my b-day dinner tonight with pride.

Posted by: cbs | September 27, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Clemson. Thanks for taking the second half off.

Posted by: Matt | September 27, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

a very satisfying win. this makes Ralph 3-1 in Death Valley, right? as a Terp fan who spent a lifetime in Greenville, SC one year i love beating Clemson more than any other ACC team.

Posted by: mdrockjocka | September 27, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Great adjustments on D. I can't believe I am giving credit to Cosh. Congrats on a great win. Clemson is same o Clemson.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 27, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

We all rip Cosh all the time(including myself) on this board. Got to give him credit. he made some great adjustments in the 2nd half. the team played great. Like i've been saying all year: Terps, ACC Champions.

Posted by: V | September 27, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Tommy Bowden gets the most credit. What a joke of a coach. How have they not fired him yet?

Posted by: Grant | September 27, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Great win today. I've been saying that we'd give Clemson all they wanted. Nice job by the D to shut them out in the second half.

CRUSH Virginia!

Posted by: Terrapin in Colorado | September 27, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Definitely the Defense! The responded and shut the Tigers down as opposed to what they've been doing the last couple of weeks - fading near the end

Posted by: BReal | September 27, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse


Can't say I saw this coming. For some reason, it always seems like it takes a QB 2 seasons to really "get it" - the history isn't long, but McBrien and Hollenbach were both significantly better in their 2nd years.

Contrast: Joel Statham and Jordan Steffy, no continuity. Maybe it's just QBs with the initials "JS."

Posted by: Woo! | September 27, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

What a great win. I hope Clemson never fires Tommy Bowden, that guy will always keep the Terps in the game.

Posted by: Pete in AZ | September 27, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Um, correct me if I'm wrong, but this makes Turner winning four games against ranked opponents in the last two season. Gotta blast some RATT tonight fo' sho'!!!

Posted by: cbs | September 27, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Eric, I was wondering about your opinion on this question: Did the Terps win this game, or did Clemson lose it? Because I am thrilled with the W of course, but I don't have the usual warm n feels like it shouldn't have happened.

Posted by: Steven F | September 27, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

What's the record for wins by the same team with the same score?

Posted by: charlie | September 27, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Woo hoooo! Clemson, Boston College, Rutgers, CAL
Go Terps Go Turner, DHB,Tyler,Scott, etc,,, etc,, there were a lot of stars today.. look at how many guys we have on our team that are doing it now!!!!

We have a great team!

Posted by: auntiesd | September 27, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The defense stepped up, but to me, the biggest difference was the fact that the offense was less predictable. After the first series of the 2nd half (where they looked aweful), the Fridge opened up his playbook and left the Clemson defense guessing a little bit.

Posted by: George | September 27, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

coaching staff for keeping 'em fired up after a depressing 1st 1/2.

heyward-bay run helped spark the whole team.

way to go boys!

BEAT virginia!!!!!

Posted by: terpcentral | September 27, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Where's that dude who always posts that the Terps are going to lose 48-17 and finish 4-8? Maybe one of these days he'll be right...or maybe not.

Posted by: Lindemann | September 27, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Incredible performance by the defense in the 2nd half. Have to give credit to Cosh for fixing what went wrong in the 1st half. Just wish he could figure it out for an entire game.

Turner made some big plays when it counted.

Posted by: Scott | September 27, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

here's that dude who always posts that the Terps are going to lose 48-17 and finish 4-8? Maybe one of these days he'll be right...or maybe not.

Posted by: Lindemann | September 27, 2008 11:14 PM

are you referring to "Gary?" i suspect he's splitting time between serving middle school detention and hiding in his bedroom because his mommy won't buy him any more Clearasil

Posted by: mdrockjock | September 28, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

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