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Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:02 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2011 11:06 pm
 

QUICK HITS: No. 8 Clemson 56, Maryland 45

Posted by Chip Patterson

CLEMSON WON. Only once in Clemson's storied history had the Tigers battled back from a 18+ point deficit before Saturday. It was a 1992 victory on the road against Virginia, and the Tigers went on to finish the season 5-6. That comeback will never compare to Clemson's 39-point second half against Maryland to stay undefeated and atop the ACC standings. Trailing 35-17 in the third quarter, the Tigers' proved to be more explosive than the scrappy Terps and pulled away late to spoil Homecoming with a 56-45 win.

HOW CLEMSON WON: After playing out of rhythm and out of character in the first half, Tajh Boyd got going after the break and kickstarted the Clemson comeback. Boyd was 14 for 18 passing in the second half of play, adding three touchdowns to his total of four and avoiding another costly turnover. Clemson's defense didn't play outstanding, but they delivered enough stops on third down to give Clemson's surging offense opportunities to climb back into the game.

WHEN CLEMSON WON: After Clemson's electrifying comeback, Maryland finally answered with a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. Furstenburg took a third down catch 32 yards for a score to return to the lead to the Terps, who jumped ahead 45-42. On the following kickoff, Nick Ferrara decided to put the ball in the hands of Sammy Watkins. Watkins' 89 yard kickoff return deflated the home crowd and etched his name in Clemson's history forever. The touchdown put the Tigers ahead for good, and solidified Watkins as the most outstanding freshman in college football.

WHAT CLEMSON WON: Throughout the game, the discussion of Clemson "pulling a Clemson" ran rampant. But the Tigers' unlikely comeback may not have just been a one-game occurrence. This could (and I mean could) be a sign of a special year for Clemson football. At 7-0, the Tigers are the only undefeated team left in the ACC. The target will be on their back for the rest of the season, but if they can battle back like they did on Saturday there could be great things in the future for Dabo and this young team of playmakers.

WHAT MARYLAND LOST: An opportunity for a much-needed "signature win." Maryland's dramatic victory over Miami seems like it was a year ago, and this Terps team has shown troubling inconsistencies since that Labor Day win. C.J. Brown will likely be Randy Edsall's first-choice quarterback moving forward, but 2-4 Maryland will need to pull together some big wins to return to a bowl game.

THAT WAS CRAZY: Sammy Watkins' 345 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns were not only electric and a game-changer for the Tigers, it was also the best all-purpose output in school history. It's just his seventh game in college football, and Watkins has already broken a C.J. Spiller-held record.

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Posted on: October 9, 2011 2:46 am
Edited on: October 9, 2011 3:15 am
 

ACC Winners and Losers: Week 6



Posted by Chip Patterson


A handy recap of who really won and who really lost that you won't find in the box score.

WINNER: Logan Thomas

The struggles of the Virginia Tech offense and sophomore quarterback Logan Thomas were well documented after the 23-3 loss to Clemson a week ago. But Thomas absolutely silenced his critics with a near-perfect performance in the 38-35 win over Miami on Saturday. With 2010 ACC Player of the Year Tyrod Taylor watching from the sidelines, Thomas did his best Taylor impression orchestrating a game-winning touchdown drive in the final minutes of the game. Thomas may have capped his memorable night with a 19-yard touchdown rush to win the game, but it was performance through the air that showed the most improvement. Thomas completed 23 of 25 passes for 310 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions against a Miami back seven with NFL-caliber talent at nearly every position. The young quarterback had shown flashes of potential, but not quite put it all together until Saturday's victory. If Thomas can replicate that kind of production, the Hokies may not be as far removed from division contender status as we thought.

LOSER: Miami's defense

Miami defense - For the first time all season, the Hurricanes did not turn the ball over once on offense. Jacory Harris and Lamar Miller had the offense humming in the second half against Virginia Tech, giving the defense an opportunity to win the game in the final minutes. The unit has become significantly thinner in recent weeks, particularly with the loss of seniors Ramon Buchanan and Marcus Forston to season-ending injuries. That lack of depth showed late in the game, with the Hurricanes defense a step slower all over the field as the Hokies stormed back and won the game on a 19-yard Logan Thomas run up the middle.

WINNER: Wake Forest, your new ACC dark horse

With a 3-0 conference record, the Demon Deacons are tied with No. 8 Clemson and No. 13 Georgia Tech as the best team in the ACC. A national ranking may arrive for Jim Grobe's squad on Sunday, but the team's arrival as a contender was made on Saturday with the victory over Florida State. Sophomore Tanner Price and Josh Harris were impressive against a talented Seminoles defense, but the play of Wake's defense has changed the team's outlook in conference play. Nearly the entire starting lineup was part of 2010's disastrous 1-7 ACC record, but the unit is back and playing at an unexpectedly high level. Grobe is notorious for being tagged as a "player development" coach, but 2011's team might be another one of those squads that keeps that reputation going. The unit forced five Florida State turnovers on Saturday, picking off both Clint Trickett and EJ Manuel two times each to set up a short field for Price and the unpredictable spread offense. There are plenty of challenges left on Wake's schedule, including next week's contest against Virginia Tech, but the similarities that some have drawn to the 2006 team don't seem to be that radical.

LOSER: Florida State's offensive line

There are a lot of aspects to Florida State's team that aren't going as planned, but the struggles of the offensive line can be blamed for many of the most glaring problems. The Seminoles were one of the most productive rushing teams in the conference in 2010, and now the running backs have become a non-factor against quality opponents. The line is not opening up the lanes, and the backs are not finding their holes. The inability to rush the ball has now begun to have an increasingly negative effect on the passing game, as Florida State's opponents treat them as a one-dimensional team. The unit entered the season dealing with injury issues, and has continued to search for a working rotation. Getting EJ Manuel healthy brings 2011's best rusher back to the lineup, so that should be a start. But the line has to improve if Florida State wants to try and make the most of the season after this three-game losing streak.

WINNER: Clemson's winning streak

The Tigers improve to 6-0, even losing Boyd to the strained hip. Luckily the Tigers had built a lead at the time of the starting quarterback's injury, so Cole Stoudt's job was not too difficult. But considering how much time Boyd spent mastering the intricacies of Chad Morris' system in the offseason, it has to be comforting for Tigers fans to know that Stoudt can keep the machine moving forward while under center. If Stoudt gets the start against Maryland next week, there will be some drop-off. But after seeing the freshman move the ball against Boston College's defense, head coach Dabo Swinney was able to get some comfort in Stoudt's ability if Boyd is unable to play. Rushing Boyd back and/or causing further injury would be the worst possible situation for the undefeated Tigers, and if there is any question regarding Boyd's health the Tigers should be able to continue performing at a high level with Stoudt.

LOSER: Georgia Tech's ability to close out opponents

Georgia Tech was not a loser on Saturday, but they took a step back with yet another poor defensive showing in the fourth quarter. In their three ACC contests combined, the Yellow Jackets have given up 48 fourth quarter points, while only allowing 31 points in the first three quarters of play. The reasons seem to be different every time, but the result is always the same. Against Maryland, it was allowing backup quarterback C.J. Brown and Davin Meggett to establish a powerful downhill running attack. Against N.C. State it was soft coverage and lack of focus with a big lead. The Yellow Jackets are 6-0 and sitting on top of the ACC standings, but they might not be so lucky if they let another opponent climb back into the contest late.

WINNER: Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown

Maryland's inconsistencies and offensive struggles since their opening night win have been well documented, but a quarterback change in the loss to Georgia Tech introduced a new aspect to the offense. Sophomore quarterback C.J. Brown took over for 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year Danny O'Brien in the second half, and led two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to bring the Terps back into the game against the Yellow Jackets. Brown presented a new rushing threat for the opposition, and was able to get an effective read game going with running back Davin Meggett. The backup quarterback finished as the game's leading rusher, thanks in large part to a 77 yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Brown struggled mightily trying to move the ball through the air, but he at least presents offensive coordinator Gary Crowton the option of possibly using a two-quarterback system to keep opposing defenses on their toes. Imploring the two quarterback tactic can be toxic to a team in certain situations, but at 2-3 Maryland needs something to jump start the sputtering offense.

LOSER: This Clemson fan

Tajh Boyd's hip was not the only Clemson thing slightly out of place on Saturday. CBSSports.com's Adam Jacobi pointed out this lost soul from the Michigan-Northwestern game.





WINNER: N.C. State CB David Amerson

N.C. State's sophomore cornerback was responsible for two of the Wolfpack's four interceptions in the second half against Central Michigan. After the Chippewas came out firing and took an early lead in Raleigh, N.C. State's defense answered with big stops and turnovers in the second half while the offense piled on the points and N.C. State picked up a much-needed bounce back win after dropping two straight.

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Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:18 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Maryland RB D.J. Adams rejoins team

Posted by Chip Patterson

Maryland's rushing attack will get an upgrade heading into their difficult non-conference schedule, with running back D.J. Adams rejoining the team after serving a one-game suspension.

Adams led all Maryland rushers in 2010 with 11 touchdowns, a number that was helped significantly by a four touchdown showing in the 51-20 bowl victory over East Carolina. Inflated numbers or not, Adams is strong back who runs low to the ground with a knack of finding the end zone. After serving the suspension for a violation of team rules, head coach Randy Edsall says the talented sophomore will see the field this Saturday against No. 18 West Virginia.

"There will be a role for D.J. this week," Edsall told The Washington Times. "He's back in good graces. He served his penance. When you have those situations that come up, you deal with them and then when they're over you move forward and nobody holds a grudge. He understands that."

Adams was not listed on the two-deep depth chart this week, with starter Davin Meggett being backed up by freshman Justus Pickett. Pickett rushed six times for 22 yards in the Terps 32-24 win over Miami in the season opener. West Virginia's defense has given up only 3 second half points in their first two games combined, and a full stable of running backs will come in handy if the Terps are fighting for every yard into the fourth quarter.

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Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:28 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2011 11:40 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

Posted by Chip Patterson

MARYLAND WON. The first game of the ACC season featured the conference's newest coaches as Randy Edsall and Al Golden each made their debut on Monday night. Maryland and Miami braved through rain and injury issues before Terrapins' sophomore quarterback Danny O'Brien connected on a couple of deep passes late in the fourth quarter to set up Nick Ferrara with the game-winning 30-yard field goal with 1:39 remaining. Senior cornerback Cameron Chism iced it with a pick-six to give Maryland the 32-24 win.

WHY MARYLAND WON: The Terrapins offense looked potent in year one under new offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, picking up 499 total yards against the Miami defense. Early in the game they got it done with a fast-paced offense that kept the depleted Hurricanes defensive unit on their heels. But red zone inefficiency resulted in five different drives only producing 12 points (4 field goals and a 23-yard miss by Ferrara).

WHEN MARYLAND WON: Maryland could have put this game away early, but the inability to capitalize in the red zone gave Miami enough of an opportunity to hang around until the bitter end. Trailing 24-23 with less than 4:00 remaining, it was the ACC Rookie of the Year O'Brien who connected with Kevin Dorsey on a 52-yard go route to set up the game winning field goal.

WHAT MARYLAND WON: A hard-fought conference win against one of the ACC's toughest opponents. Many doubters wondered how the Terps would perform with a new coaching staff and several key players missing from 2010's 9-win campaign. Davin Meggett stepped up as the new starting running back and delivered a 92 yards of downhill running while Kevin Dorsey took over Torrey Smith's role as O'Brien's favorite target with 8 catches for 124 yards. The Terps have some issues to address in the red zone, but it was a great start for a team looking to continue the momentum from a year ago.

WHAT MIAMI LOST: Al Golden was pleased with his team's ability to withstand Maryland's fast start and continue to fight through the game. But he will not be pleased with the penalties and costly turnovers that continue to nag this group of Hurricanes. Miami was 119th in the nation in turnovers a year ago, and on Monday two turnovers directly cost the Hurricanes 14 points. Without the pick-six or fumble returned for a touchdown Miami might have escaped with a win.

THAT WAS CRAZY: The uniforms. They are…something. (via @jose3030)

Posted on: August 31, 2011 2:52 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Maryland suspends two players for team rules

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Maryland released their depth chart for Monday's season opener against Miami there were a few surprises, most notably the absence of sophomore running back D.J. Adams. Head coach Randy Edsall addressed Adams' current situation during the weekly ACC teleconference on Wednesday, clarifying that Adams had been suspended for the first game of the season.

Adams, along with offensive lineman Cody Blue were suspended for a violation of team rules. Edsall elaborated that the two suspensions were linked to one incident, and after serving the one-game punishment all parties involved will move forward. As a redshirt freshman, Adams led the Terps with 11 rushing touchdowns in 2010. He was mostly used as a short yardage back, providing the exclamation points after long drives. For example, Adams only picked up 35 yards rushing in Maryland's bowl game victory over East Carolina but he punched in four touchdowns.

Senior Davin Meggett is expected to carry most of the load at running back this season, and many around the program believe he is poised for a big year. He has been one of the faces of the program in the offseason, appearing alongside Edsall at many of the Maryland-sponsored social events. Still, having Adams as that reliable second back will be key if the Terps plan on continuing the momentum from last year's 9-win season.

Maryland kicks off against Miami, who will be missing eight suspended players themselves, at 8:00 p.m. on Monday.
Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Maryland OL dismissed after alleged assault

Posted by Chip Patterson

For the first time in a couple seasons, Maryland was looking forward to having some experience on the offensive line. The only starter missing from last year's group is center Paul Pinegar. However, the line lost another key piece when guard Justin Lewis was dismissed for a violation of team policies. While the specifics of the dismissal were not discussed in the official release, local reports are helping make sense of the sudden departure.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Lewis turned himself in to authorities to respond to allegations of second-degree assault. There was an outstanding warrant in Prince George's County in connection with an alleged June 26 fight. While head coach Randy Edsall has made no secrets about his focus on keeping Maryland's off-field record clean, Lewis' father does not agree with the new head coach's hasty dismissal.

"This is only an accusation. Any person can make an accusation that somebody did something to them. There are two sides to the story," Ronald Lewis said. "Coach Edsall released him prematurely. As far as I'm concerned, there is nothing."

At this time Coach Edsall, university police, and Price George's Country have not released any new information regarding Lewis' status with the team or the alleged fight. The redshirt junior started 12 of 13 games last season for the Terrapins, helping protect ACC Rookie of the Year Danny O'Brien. While the Terps have had a tumultuous offseason with the coaching change, many believe that the former coach Ralph Friedgen left a program on the upswing. Returning Davin Meggett and promising sophomore D.J. Adams, the running game should be one of the strong points in Maryland's attack.

We will continue to update this story as more details are released from College Park
 
 
 
 
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