Scores

Final

Maryland 7

(4-2, 0-2 away)

Clemson 31

(3-3, 3-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, October 16, 2010

Memorial Stadium (Clemson, SC), Clemson, SC

1 2 3 4 T
MD 0 7 0 07
CLEM 3 14 7 731

Top Performers

Passing: D. O'Brien (WIS) - 302 YDS, 3 INT

Rushing: A. Ellington (CLEM) - 16 CAR, 41 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Furstenburg (MD) - 5 REC, 98 YDS

Andre Ellington returns kickoff 87 yards for TD as Clemson ends skid

Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Andre Ellington had an 87-yard kickoff return score and added a rushing touchdown as Clemson broke a three-game losing streak and avoided its usual Maryland meltdown in a 31-7 victory Saturday.

The victory for the Tigers (3-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) came when former Clemson star C.J. Spiller had his No. 28 retired. And Ellington did his best to emulate the excitement Spiller brought Death Valley the last four years.

Ellington broke through the Terps early in the second quarter for Clemson's first kickoff return score since Spiller had one against South Carolina last November.

Ellington also had a 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Maryland (4-2, 1-1) had won three of its past four against Clemson, but could do little against the Tigers defense. The Terps' only TD came on a halfback pass from Da'Rel Scott to quarterback Danny O'Brien.

Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers had three sacks, giving him nine on the season. Cornerback Xavier Brewer had a 61-yard interception return touchdown in the final quarter to wrap things up.

Maryland's last, best chance at a rally came in the third quarter, driving to the Clemson 29 down 24-7. However, the Terps were flagged for an illegal shift and the Tigers took over on downs.

Clemson's opponents had been five-of-five on fourth-down conversions this season until then.

The Tigers were desperate to break out of an offensive slump -- they managed just 44 points the past 10 quarters -- and Maryland seemed the wrong opponent to do it against.

The Terps had Clemson's number the past few meetings, including the past two at Death Valley where they left with stunning victories against the favored Tigers.

Perhaps it was Spiller's presence that broke the jinx.

Spiller, the Buffalo Bills rookie running back, strode with the players in their "Tiger Walk," and ran down Death Valley's famed hill into Memorial Stadium with his former teammates.

At halftime, last year's ACC player of the year was honored with his framed No. 28 jersey as the 71,000 fans attending applauded and chanted his name.

Ellington, who Spiller has long called his "little brother," sure looked a lot like the former star in breaking away for the kickoff return touchdown. Ellington picked his way through the middle of the pack before outrunning two Maryland defenders to the end zone.

Maryland had been one of the ACC's early surprises. Yet, its victories have come against Navy, Morgan State, Florida International and Duke. This was supposed to show the Terps' viability in the league.

But Maryland's playmakers were largely quiet. Runners Scott and Davin Meggett combined for 47 yards. Receiver Torrey Smith was held to less than his 81-yard receiving average with four catches for 55 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MD
CLEM
1st Downs1813
Total Yards350213
Passing306119
Rushing4494
Penalties10-933-30
3rd Down Conversions4-144-16
4th Down Conversions0-12-3
Turnovers30
Possession28:0931:51

Passing Leaders

MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
O'Brien24/453026.703
ClemsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Parker7/201065.300

Rushing Leaders

MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Meggett8293.609
Scott4184.5011
ClemsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ellington16412.6112
Parker10414.1018

Receiving Leaders

MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Furstenburg59819.6053
Cannon7679.6026
ClemsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harper14040.0040
Allen12424.0024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMDCLEM
FG13:10Chandler Catanzaro 42 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERMDCLEM
TD11:33Danny O'Brien 4 Yd Pass From Da'Rel Scott (Travis Baltz Kick) 73
TD11:21Andre Ellington 87 Yd Kickoff Return (Chandler Catanzaro Kick) 710
TD00:32Jamie Harper 1 Yd Run (Chandler Catanzaro Kick) 717
THIRD QUARTERMDCLEM
TD11:02Andre Ellington 1 Yd Run (Chandler Catanzaro Kick) 724
FOURTH QUARTERMDCLEM
TD05:31Xavier Brewer 61 Yd Interception Return (Chandler Catanzaro Kick) 731