- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 4, 2009

Turnovers took away Maryland’s chances of winning the last two weeks.

They gave the Terrapins a much-needed victory Saturday.

Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield sacked Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker with 27 seconds remaining, then recovered a fumble as the Terrapins escaped with a 24-21 victory at Byrd Stadium.

Maryland (2-3, 1-0 ACC) snapped a two-game skid marred with turnovers, and stunned the Tigers (2-3, 1-2) for the third time in four years.

The Terps nearly committed a blunder when a fourth-and-inches attempt with 5:59 failed when Turner was stuffed. But Clemson went nowhere, and kicker Richard Jackson’s 47-yard field goal sailed wide two minutes later.

It wasn’t the last time Maryland needed a defensive stand. On the next play, Davin Meggett fumbled, leading to another strong three-play showing for the Terps defense. Jackson again pushed a kick to the right, this time from 48 yards, to preserve the lead.

The Terps spotted Clemson a 10-0, but rallied with perhaps their best quarter of the season. Turner connected with Torrey Smith on a 29-yard jump ball for a touchdown, and later found a diving Ronnie Tyler for a 4-yard score 35 seconds before halftime to make it 17-13.

Maryland seemed to catch a break when Tony Logan — plugged into duty when Anthony Wiseman fumbled away a punt in the first quarter — brought back a punt 43 yards to the Clemson 1. Meggett scored three plays later, but C.J. Spiller brought back the ensuing kickoff 92 yards to pull the Tigers back within three points at 24-21.

Tailback DaRel Scott, who did not start, left in the third quarter with an undisclosed lower arm injury and did not return. Scott had three carries for no yards on the day.


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