Postgame Notes – Maryland vs. No. 9 Clemson
No. 9 Clemson 40, Maryland 27
COLLEGE PARK, Md. –
Kicking It Off: Maryland falls to 5-3 on the season and 1-3 in the ACC following a 40-27 defeat to ninth-ranked Clemson. The Tigers improved to 7-1 and 4-2 in the ACC with the victory. The Tigers now lead the all-time series 34-26-2 and have won four straight in the series.
Big Play: Quarterback Caleb Rowe’s 71-yard touchdown completion to wide receiver Levern Jacobs is Maryland’s longest scoring play of the season and a career-long reception for the wide out. It is the second consecutive week Rowe hooked up with Jacobs for a touchdown over 50 yards. Last week at Wake Forest, Rowe found Jacobs over the middle for a 56-yard catch-and-run for a score.
Steady Craddock: Place kicker Brad Craddock entered today’s contest averaging 1.86 field goals per game. Craddock connected on two 41-yard field goals and is now 15-for-18 this season and has only one miss from under 50 yards. Craddock’s 15 made field goals are the 20th-highest single-season total in school history and his .833 field goal percentage currently ranks fourth for a single season.
Career Day for Levern: Wide receiver Levern Jacobs caught a career-high eight passes for a personal-best 158 yards. Jacobs’ 158 receiving yards is the second-highest single-game total this season. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had 179 yards against Old Dominion onSept. 7.
Redzone D: Entering today’s game, Maryland’s defense had surrendered 15 touchdowns on 24 redzone opportunities, a 62.5 percent conversion rate, which was the second-best in the ACC trailing only Miami (53.8). Against the Tigers, Maryland held Clemson to three touchdowns on seven redzone opportunities including holding the Tigers three field goals on four redzone trips in the first half.
In on the Play: Linebacker Cole Farrand totaled a career-high 13 tackles in the first half and finished with 23 total tackles. Since the 1998 season, no Maryland player has totaled more with Joe Vellano being the last Maryland player to total 20 or more tackles in a game. He had 20 at Georgia Tech on Oct. 8, 2011.
Three Takeaways: After totaling 13 takeaways in the first four games of the season, the Terrapin defense added three turnovers to the total on Saturday. Maryland forced and recovered two fumbles and intercepted Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd once. Linebacker Matt Robinson recovered and forced a fumble, defensive lineman Darius Kilgo recovered another. Defensive back Isaac Goins picked off Boyd in the fourth quarter marking his second career interception. The Terps have seven fumble recoveries and nine interceptions this season.
Offensive Notes: Running back Albert Reid averaged 4.7 yards per carry finishing with a career-best 70 yards on 15 carries … wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo caught his first career touchdown pass and totaling three catches for 26 yards … wide receiver Nigel King had a career-high five receptions for a personal-best 76 yards and a touchdown, his second of the season.
Defensive Notes: Linebacker Abner Logan finished second on the team with a personal-best 15 tackles, seven solo … defensive backIsaac Goins tied a career high with nine tackles and added two pass breakups and one interception … linebacker Marcus Whitfieldincreased his team-leading sack total to 7.5 with one sack on Saturday and finished with a career-high seven tackles … linebackersYannick Ngakoue and Shawn Petty both recorded their first career sacks.
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