The Washington Times - October 1, 2009, 03:47PM

This is the 58th consecutive year Maryland and Clemson have met. Some recent highlights …

Series: Clemson leads series 30-25-2. The road team has won the last four, and Maryland is 5-4 in the Aughts.


Recent stars of the series: In both 2004 and 2005, Reggie Merriweather ran for fourth-quarter touchdowns to lift Clemson to victories. In 2006, Dan Ennis‘ 31-yarder as time expired gave Maryland a 13-12 victory in Death Valley. Both James Davis and C.J. Spiller ran for 100 yards in the Tigers’ 2007 win at Byrd Stadium. Last year, the Maryland defense yielded 112 yards on 29 plays in the second half after getting shredded in the first 30 minutes of a 20-17 win.

Number worth noting, Part I: 4 —- Times in the last five years the winning team trailed in the fourth quarter.

Number worth noting, Part II: 245 —- Career rushing yards for C.J. Spiller against Maryland. The senior has rolled up those yards in 40 carries (6.1 yards a rush), and has one touchdown against the Terps.

Number worth noting, Part III: 14 —- Sacks by Clemson in the last eight games against Maryland.

Number worth noting, Part IV: 61 —- Career receiving yards for Jacoby Ford against Maryland, on eight catches.

Number worth noting, Part V: 16 —- Tackles for Maryland linebacker Alex Wujciak in last year’s game, his most until a 17-tackle outburst last week against Rutgers.

Decade highlight, Clemson: For lack of a better option, the 2000 rout under the lights in Death Valley bumped the then-No. 5 Tigers to 7-0 in Bowden’s second year. They’d beat North Carolina the next week before things unraveled with three losses in the final four games.

Decade highlight, Maryland: Unquestionably, it was the Terps’ 37-20 victory in 2001 at Byrd Stadium that clinched a share of the ACC title. Maryland claimed the outright crown a week later with a win at N.C. State.

—- Patrick Stevens