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Two interceptions, two lost fumbles, several dropped passes and shoddy tackling all contributed to Maryland's third straight loss and fourth in five games.
"Now is a good time to get that sixth win," defensive end Zeke Riser said Tuesday. "We started 4-0, and it was like, we're going to get to six really quickly. It hasn't worked out that way."
With standout quarterback Tajh Boyd leading the way, Clemson scored three touchdowns in the final 15 minutes and pulled away to a 40-27 victory Saturday.
The Terrapins were 5-1 this year before their top two receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, each broke a leg last week in a 34-10 loss at Wake Forest. Diggs and Long are among nine players out for the season, six on defense.
Maryland (5-1) proved it can still accomplish many of the goals it had set prior to the season. Meanwhile, Virginia (2-4) faces a scramble for bowl eligibility with only one game remaining in which it figures to be the favorite.
Rowe made his second career start in place of C.J. Brown, who sustained a concussion in last week's 63-0 loss at Florida State. Rowe went 18 for 34 and directed an offense that accumulated 468 yards.
The Terrapins were off to their best start since 2001 and ranked for the first time in three seasons before being jolted back to reality with a 63-0 loss to Florida State last Saturday.
Maryland (4-1, 0-1) never got anything going and was lost after quarterback C.J. Brown left the game with an injury in the second quarter. The No. 2 total offense in the ACC was held to 234 yards.
The Seminoles own a lopsided 21-2 advantage in the series between the teams, including 11-0 at home.