The Clemson Tigers came into the game after crushing Duke, 56-20. The Tigers had a 36-26-2 lead in the series against the Terps, winning 56-45 last season in College Park, Md. on Maryland's homecoming night.
Maryland only managed 180 yards of offense to Clemson's 436 yards. The Terrapins also struggled from third down, converting only one of their 13 attempts while Clemson went 7-15 in third down situations.
Clemson got on the board first with Tigers' quarterback Tajh Boyd finding wide receiver Adam Humphries in the end zone for a diving 13-yard touchdown catch. On the next possession, Maryland quarterback Shawn Petty scrambled to his left and was going to throw the ball when it slipped out of his hand. Clemson defensive end Corey Crawford scooped up the fumble and returned the ball 16 yards for the second touchdown, putting the Tigers up 14-0 quickly in the first quarter. Boyd would find DeAndre Hopkins for a 28-yard touchdown and then Brandon Ford for a 22-yard touchdown to take a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Maryland would put points on the board after Maryland safety Anthony Nixon recovered a muffed punt on Clemson's 18-yard line. On the second play of the drive, Petty found senior tight end wide open in the back of the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Clemson responded at the end of the first half with a 6-yard rushing touchdown from Clemson running back Andre Ellington to give Clemson a 35-7 lead into halftime.
Clemson's kicker Chandler Catanzaro would make a 22-yard field goal to increase the lead to 38-7. Clemson's Spencer Benton tried to kick a 55-yard field goal, but his kick fell short and was returned by Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle for 74 yards before lateraling the ball back to Nixon. Maryland's Craddock made a 39-yard field goal to cut the lead to 38-10.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney decided to pull Boyd in the fourth quarter, but Clemson backup quarterback Cole Stoudt led the Tigers' offense on a 16-yard, 76-yard drive capped off by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Stanton Seckinger increase Clemson's lead to 45-10, the final score of the game.
Petty completed six of his 12 pass attempts for 41 yards and a touchdown, but fumbled three times. Maryland tailback Brandon Ross carried the ball 16 times for 100 yards. Campbell had 2 receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown while wide receiver Levern Jacobs had four receptions for 17 yards.
Boyd went 18-26 passing with 261 yards and three touchdowns. Ellington rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown and tailback Roderick McDowell had 51 rushing yards. Sammy Watkins had 60 yards, Hopkins had 59 yards and a touchdown and Martavis Bryant had 59 yards for the Tigers.
With the loss, Maryland now faces two must-win games if they want to have a chance of playing in the postseason. They return home for their last home game against nationally-ranked Florida State on Saturday. Kickoff will be at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. with kickoff to be announced later.