Down 18 points in the third quarter, the eighth ranked Clemson Tigers (7-0, 4-0 ACC) came storming back to defeat the Maryland Terrapins (2-4, 1-2) 56-45 at Byrd Stadium. Behind 35-17, Clemson outscored Maryland 39-10 the rest of the way, outscoring the Terrapins 21-7 in the fourth quarter alone.
Clemson racked up 576 yards of total offense, with numerous players getting in on the fun. Quarterback Tajh Boyd returned from a hip injury to throw for 270 yards and four touchdowns, running back Andre Ellington had 212 yards on the ground and do-everything freshman superstar Sammy Watkins had a school record 345 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.
Despite the loss, it appears the Terrapins have found their starting quarterback in C.J. Brown. The sophomore ran for 162 yards and a score, and also threw three touchdown passes in his first collegiate start. Davin Meggett supplied support for Brown in the Maryland backfield, rushing 16 times for 69 yards and a score, and catching one ball, Brown's lone touchdown pass.