Terps don't wilt in Death Valley

CLEMSON, S.C. — CLEMSON, S.C. -- If there was any doubt about whether the Maryland football team deserves to go to a bowl game, odds are it was swept away yesterday by the Terps' scrawny kicker.

Senior Dan Ennis was quickly lost in a swarm of elated teammates after he kicked a 31-yard field goal as time ran out to give the Terps a 13-12 upset of No. 19 Clemson, capping four quarters of some of the best football Maryland has played this season.


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A summary of Maryland's 13-12 victory over Clemson:

What went right -- Maryland's defense held the top offense in the Atlantic Coast Conference to four field goals, and the Terps' passing game was finally productive.

What went wrong -- The defense allowed plays of 60, 71 and 42 yards, each leading to Clemson field goals.

Defining moment -- On fourth-and-one on Maryland's final drive, quarterback Sam Hollenbach ran for 5 yards, lost his shoe, and preserved the game-winning drive.

What it means -- Maryland validated its status as the leader in the league's Atlantic Division, guaranteed an appearance in a bowl game, and proved that anything is possible this season.

Up next -- The Terps (7-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) will host a beleaguered Miami team (5-3, 2-2 going into last night) on Saturday at a time that will be determined today.

[ Heather A. Dinich]

The winning drive


Starting at their 34-yard line with 2:15 left in the fourth quarter, Maryland drove 52 yards to set up the winning field goal as time expired against Clemson:

Down Yd. line Play

1st-and-10 Maryland 34 Hollenbach passed to Oquendo for 12 yards

1st-and-10 Maryland 46 Hollenbach sacked for minus-1 yards

2nd-and-11 Maryland 45 Hollenbach passed to Haynos for 6 yards

3rd-and-5 Clemson 49 Hollenbach passed to Heyward-Bey for 4 yards


4th-and-1 Clemson 45 Hollenbach rushed for 5 yards

1st-and-10 Clemson 40 Hollenbach passed to I. Williams for 13 yards

1st-and-10 Clemson 27 Lattimore rushed for 3 yards

2nd-and-7 Clemson 24 Hollenbach passed to Haynos for 12 yards

1st-and-10 Clemson 12 Hollenbach rushed for minus-2 yards

2nd-and-12 Clemson 14 Hollenbach spiked ball to stop clock


3rd-and-12 Clemson 14 Ennis made 31-yard field goal