Aided by three takeaways, Maryland remained within a touchdown of the heavily favored Tigers until a critical fourth-quarter miscue. Clemson pulled away for a 40-27 victory in front of an announced 48,134, the largest home crowd of the season, on a sunny, chilly day at Byrd Stadium.
Scott Van Pelt is joking that he may have gone too far this time, that Maryland may turn on him for his pointed criticism about the droves of fans who abandoned Byrd Stadium's student section before the end of the Terps' one-point win over rival Virginia on Sept. 21.
Randy Edsall and the Terps football his team sustained further misfortune Saturday when top receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long suffered season-ending lower leg fractures in Maryland's 34-10 loss at Wake Forest
ESPN personality Scott Van Pelt generated significant buzz in the Terps fan community with his criticism of Maryland students leaving early Saturday during the team¿s 27-26 victory over Virginia at Byrd stadium.
After Saturday's 27-26 victory over Virginia, Deon Long is Maryland's leading receiver with 28 catches for 446 yards and a touchdown. Stefon Diggs is second with 26 receptions for 520 yards and three touchdowns.
Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe's second career start began under circumstances similar to his first as a freshman last season. It nearly ended with similar heartbreak for the 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore.
Maryland was averaging 39.8 points per game before getting shut out at Florida State last week. Now, the Terps are starting over. Quarterback C.J. Brown (concussion) is doubtful, so sophomore Caleb Rowe is likely to start.
The Terps have played Virginia more than any other football opponent. The Maryland-Virginia border-state rivalry — which ends for the foreseeable future with Saturday's meeting at Byrd Stadium — never rose to the level of Ohio State-Michigan or Alabama-Auburn. The teams weren't prominent enough for that.
Virginia football coach Mike London was paying special attention when Maryland released its depth chart this week, looking for clues on whether starting quarterback C.J. Brown would rebound from a concussion in time to play Saturday against the Cavaliers.
Officials were correct not to call a targeting penalty on the hit that caused Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown to suffer a concussion in Saturday¿s 63-0 loss to Florida State, according to a review by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
No. 25 Maryland had entered Doak Campbell Stadium buoyant and undefeated, believing it had amassed enough talent to reverse the weight of history that had seen it lose all of its 11 road games to No. 8 Florida State.
Hundreds of fans packed into the bleachers at Dunbar's football field Saturday afternoon, and dozens more looked on through the fence. They were there to see the Maryland football team play its first of two scrimmages at local high schools.
With C.J. Brown back in a limited role after missing last season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe continuing to rehab their own knee injuries, Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Monday that his two healthy quarterbacks will be off-limits to contact when spring practice starts Saturday.
The thought crossed Shane Cockerille's mind just about every Saturday in November. If the Gilman quarterback was just one year older, it would be him instead of linebacker Shawn Petty under center for Maryland.