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“We have to stop beating ourselves,” defensive end Joe Vellano said. “That’s the biggest thing. Turnovers, big plays on defense and stuff like that — it’s hard to beat teams like this, without question.”

Indeed, Maryland was not a likely upset candidate even without its miscues. Clemson, which has scored at least 37 points in nine consecutive games, was going to generate offense in some way or another.

For the Terps, there wasn’t nearly as much reason to rue the loss as there was to regret how quickly they allowed things to slip away from them.

“It was just a complete team loss,” Ross said.