Quick Hits: No. 10 Clemson 45, Maryland 10
Clemson jumped out to a 35-7 first-half lead against the injury-plagued Terrapins, allowing the Tigers to cruise to their ninth win of 2012.
|Wide receiver Adam Humphries (No. 16) caught his first career touchdown pass in the 45-10 Clemson win. (US Presswire)|
CLEMSON WON. The Tigers got a good look at the reserves on Saturday, scoring five first-half touchdowns for the second week in a row and sitting many of the starters after halftime. Maryland continued to battle, but could not get enough offense to keep up with Clemson in a 45-10 loss.
HOW CLEMSON WON: Clemson could have probably scored even more in the first half if it were not for a pair of Tigers' fumbles. After holding Clemson's offense to just one first down and a punt on the first possession of the game, the Terps' mismatched defense struggled to stop the Tigers with their backs against the wall. Maryland's struggle to move the ball on offense resulted in a losing cycle of poor field position, allowing Tajh Boyd to get comfortable picking apart the secondary.
One thing to keep an eye on will be the health of star wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Watkins suffered an ankle injury in the first half and was in street clothes on the sideline after halftime. According to the school, the injury is not serious and he is expected to play next week against NC State.
WHEN CLEMSON WON: This moment. Just after Clemson's first touchdown, this happened. It was the first of four first-quarter fumbles and gave a hint it might be an ugly game. In those cases, you always know to take the team with a quarterback at quarterback.
(GIF via SB Nation)
WHAT CLEMSON WON: This week Boyd made a comment that "style points" do in fact matter. That certainly appeared to be the mindset of this Tigers team, which has now outscored its opponents 143-43 in the last three contests. The Tigers saw a chance to steal the ACC Atlantic when Florida State trailed Virginia Tech on Thursday, but the Seminoles' win meant Clemson will likely need an at-large bid to reach a BCS bowl.
WHAT MARYLAND LOST: Considering the Terps were without their leading passer, rusher, receiver, and defensive captain due to injuries, the effort was impressive. Randy Edsall's team has been dealt bad hand after bad hand throughout this season and yet they are still bringing a fire and competitiveness every Saturday. Unfortunately the road ahead only gets worse, facing off against Florida State as the Seminoles try to clinch the division.
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