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Open thread: Maryland football falls to Clemson, 56-45

Randy Edsall and Maryland must win four of their final six games to become bowl-eligible; four of those games are away from Byrd Stadium. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)

The Tigers erased a 35-17 deficit in a big hurry, storming back to defeat Maryland, 56-45, on Saturday night at Byrd Stadium.

Watkins finished with a Clemson-record 345 all-purpose yards, making two incredible grabs on touchdown catches in the third quarter and then giving the Tigers the lead for good with an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Ellington rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns, the last the dagger that provided the game’s final points with 3:55 left.

Maryland’s battered defense simply could not keep up with the quick-striking Tigers.

Maryland-Clemson game stats can be found here. And check out a gallery of photos here.

If Maryland can take any solace, it’s that C.J. Brown seems to be the answer at quarterback. He rushed for 162 yards, the most by a quarterback in program history.

What do you think about the season moving forward? Are you optimistic now that the quarterback issue seems to be settled with, of all people, C.J. Brown at the helm of Gary Crowton’s attack? Or are the mounting injuries and inability to stop big plays going to be a continuing problem? Maryland has six games left — three of them true road games and the “road game” at FedEx Field against Notre Dame on Nov. 12 — and must win four of them to become bowl-eligible.

The remaining Maryland schedule: at Florida State (3:30 p.m. kickoff next Saturday, by the way), vs. Boston College, vs. Virginia, “at” Notre Dame, at Wake Forest, at N.C. State. How many wins do you see out of those games?

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.


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