After a slugglish scrimmage yesterday, Maryland quarterback Mark Manges admitted he would rather lead Maryland against Clemson than Maryland against Maryland.
Despite the loss of standout linebacker Brad Carr, sidelined briefly with a pulled thigh muscle, the Terp's defenders held the offense scoreless in the first half and scored themselves on Doug Harbert's 28-yard return of an errant Larry Dick pass.
"Our wide-tackle-six gives us fits,"Manges said of Maryland's defense. "I'm looking forward to working against the Clemson defense.
"The first half got almost pathetic. It was just mostly a lot of mental mistakes. We stopped ourselves. We shouldn't make this many mistakes in any part of the season."
Maryland quarterbacks completed one of 10 passes of 17 yards and had two intercepted in the first half (Johnathon Claiborne picked off the other). But after a sound chewing out by coach jerry Claiborne, the quarterbacks completed 13 of 19 in the sectnd half for 13 yards and two touchdowns.
Vince Kinney, who led the receivers with four catches for 53 yards, leaped our defensive back John Bladante and held on to a 12-yard pass on his fingertips in the left corner of the end zone. The other scoring toss was a five-yarder from Dick to fullback George Scott.
Freshman quareterback Mike Tice hauled his 6-foot-7 frame two yards over right tackle to open the scoring for the offense in the second half. Tailback Preacher Maddox later ran eight yards for a touchdown.
The first half featured first string against first string, second against second, and so on. Competition was mixed in the second half, and the first offense capitalized driving 70 yards on 10 plays against the second team for the Manges-to-Kinney score.
"Our defense is one of the best in the nation and there's not that much of a talent dropoff from first to second string," said Manges. "I'm happy with the second half. If we can move the football at all against our defense, we'll move it this season.
Coach Claiborne was displeased with 92 yards in penalties and a lost fumble. "Just too many mistakes, offensively and defensively," said Claiboren. "I think they gave in to the heat and weren't concentrating.
"We have to move the ball better. And our kicking game is not nearly as good as it should be."
Eddie Loncar missed field goals of 33, 44 and 52 yards while Mike Sochko missed a-point-after kick and a field goal from 54 yards.
Steve Atkins, trying to overcome last year's knee problems, ran for 88 yards on 18 carries and caught a seven-yard pass.
The Terp rushed for 310 yards, 200 in the second half, and had 170 yards in the air, catching 14 of 29 passes.
Manges completed eight of his 15 passes for 107 yards, Dick adding five of 10 for 15 yards. Each threw one interception.