Clemson’s offense too much to handle for Terps in 56-45 loss

Tigers’ Watkins torments Maryland for 3 TDs

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins had two receiving touchdowns and one return touchdown against the Terps on Saturday. In total, he had 312 yards. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins had two receiving touchdowns and one return touchdown against the Terps on Saturday. In total, he had 312 yards. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Terps’ offense looked similar to how it did in the season opener against Miami, picking up chunks of yardage and piling up points. It was also quick, with Brown’s speed one notable difference compared to O’Brien.

“We just wanted to keep going up-tempo,” Brown said. “That was what they preached this week.”

Clemson could go fast, too, and it erased an 18-point deficit with a Watkins-fueled burst that further crescendoed with his kickoff return.

“It’s a blow. You go down and score, and then they go back and score. You just have to bounce back – quickly,” Franklin said.

The same could be said for the course of Maryland’s season, which continues to add losses and injuries at a rapid rate.

While the Terps’ only realistic chance to match last year’s win total is winning out (including a bowl), it appears Maryland could be without even more than the 10 players declared out with injuries against Clemson. Linebacker Avery Graham and wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro were both helped off the field, and leading receiver Kevin Dorsey was not seen on the field in the second half.

At the season’s midpoint, the Terps’ margin for error continues to narrow, and Saturday’s trip to Florida State could push Maryland closer to the misery of a losing season. And that, by no one’s definition, would be great for a program sinking ever-deeper in the ACC standings by the week.

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