Instant Halftime Analysis: Maryland 28, Clemson 17

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Instant Halftime Analysis: Maryland 28, Clemson 17

What went right:
When the Tigers wanted to run the ball, they didn’t have many problems. In the first half, they had 184 rushing yards.

Running back Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
RS Jr. Running Back
#23 5-10, 190
Moncks Corner, SC

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continued his success from last week gaining 101 yards on 15 carries and scoring a touchdown.

After a critical mistake, Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Fr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-1, 200
Fort Myers, FL

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showed his abilities in the return game giving Clemson some momentum after a 70-yard kickoff return that led to a Tiger touchdown.

Kicker Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
RS So. Punter / Kicker
#39 6-2, 200
Greenville, SC

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continues his streak , making a field goal on Clemson’s opening drive. He is now 11-for-13 on the season.

What went wrong:
The defense has made Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown look like a Heisman Trophy candidate, letting him run at will.

Defensive end Malliciah GoodmanMalliciah Goodman
Jr. Defensive End
#97 6-4, 280
Florence, SC

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drew the wrath of defensive coordinator Kevin SteeleKevin Steele
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
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after he lost contain on Maryland running back Davin Megget, letting Meggett loose for a Terp touchdown.

Special teams, which hasn’t really been a concern up until this point, was an issue in the first half. Sammy Watkins attempted to field the opening kickoff over his head and only returned it one yard. And, on a Maryland punt, Watkins fumbled on the 10 yard line after signaling a fair catching, setting up a Maryland touchdown.

Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS So. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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was a little inaccurate to begin the game, throwing two balls into double and triple coverage and then threw his third interception of the season and that was returned for a touchdown.

Turning Point of the Half :
The Tigers held a 3-0 lead and stopped Maryland on the Terrapins’ first possession, but Sammy Watkins attempted to field a punt and fumbled over to the Terrapins, leading to Maryland’s first touchdown. The stadium finally came alive, and the Tigers never regained momentum.

Stat of the Half Brown has eight rushes for 85 yards, and the Tigers are still having problems with running quarterbacks.

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