Clemson 17, Maryland 0
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) _ Clemson blanked Maryland for the third straight time, and Ray Priester rushed for a career-high 163 yards and a touchdown Saturday in a 17-0 victory.
Maryland (5-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) hasn’t scored against Clemson since 1992. The Tigers are 8-1 against the Terrapins since 1986 and have outscored them 59-0 over the last three seasons.
Clemson (4-3, 3-2) led 14-0 at halftime and coasted to its fourth straight road victory, the team’s longest streak since 1988-89.
Priester, a sophomore, carried 22 times and fullback Emory Smith had 98 yards on 18 attempts. Clemson finished with 320 rushing yards on 64 carries.
In contrast, Maryland finished with 36 yards on the ground. Brian Cummings went 15-for-35 for 135 yards and one interception in losing for the first time in five starts this year.
Clemson took a 14-0 halftime lead by limiting the Terrapins to 81 yards in offense and scoring twice off Maryland miscues.
After Andre Carter recovered Buddy Rodgers’ fumble at the Maryland 27, the Tigers moved to the 4 before Priester ran over left tackle for a score midway through the first quarter.
Both defenses took over until late in the half, when Maryland was called for roughing the kicker to give the Tigers a first down on the Terrapins 40. Seconds later, with no time left on the clock, backup quarterback Louis Solomon lofted a pass to the end zone that was simultaneously tipped by cornerback Chad Scott and Clemson’s Tony Horne into the hands of Antwuan Wyatt for a 32-yard touchdown.
Solomon was playing in place of Nealon Greene, who left in the second quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return. It hardly mattered.
The Tigers took a 17-0 lead midway in the third quarter, moving from their 16 to the Maryland 18 before Jeff Sauve kicked a 36-yard field goal.
Maryland’s best chance to score came in the ensuing drive, but Joe O’Donnell missed a 36-yard field goal.