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Halftime: Maryland 17, Clemson 13

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Well, this was unexpected.

Maryland has erased what was twice a 10-point deficit, somehow looking like an ultra-competent outfit for a full 15-minute stretch.

Yeah, I’m fairly surprised, too.

Chris Turner is 11-for-15 for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He also has six carries for 32 yards, both team-highs. And a in a real twist, he hasn’t been sacked.

This game actually has all the elements of Maryland’s 2006 and 2008 victories over the Tigers. Clemson looked superior early, only to let Maryland hang around and eventually escape with a victory.

The Terps have crammed all of that into 30 minutes. Aside from a couple lousy throws, Turner has been sharp. The defense has stiffened when needed, containing C.J. Spiller (58 yards from scrimmage) and avoiding any disasters in the passing game.

Oh, and the turnover margin is even after Jamari McCollough’s pick at the end of the first half.

Maryland gets the ball to start the second half. After rolling up 194 yards in the second quarter, the Terps probably can’t wait.

Patrick Stevens

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