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Clemson stages huge rally to beat Maryland, remain perfect

Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins, left, celebrates his 6-yard touchdown catch during the second quarter with Dalton Freeman.

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Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins, left, celebrates his 6-yard touchdown catch during the second quarter with Dalton Freeman.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Tajh Boyd threw four touchdowns as No. 8 Clemson rallied to beat Maryland 56-45 on Saturday and stay unbeaten.

The Tigers trailed 28-10 in the first half and 35-17 in the third before storming back behind Boyd, who led an offense that amassed 576 yards.

The compensated for the defense, which yielded 468 yards and allowed quarterback C.J. Brown to run for 162 and a touchdown and throw three touchdowns in his first start.

"Occasionally, you've got one that looks so ugly you don't want to remember it," Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele said. "But you've got to remember it because if you don't study it and get better, it will bite you again."

Boyd had help. Sammy Watkins' 89-yard kickoff return put Clemson up 49-45 with 7:24 left. And Andre Ellington rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Terps have lost four of five.

"They don't measure how close you were," said Davin Meggett, who ran for a score and caught one. "Either you win or you don't. Either she's pregnant or she's not."

Cavs shock Jackets

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Perry Jones rushed for 149 of Virginia's 272 yards to help upset No. 12 Georgia Tech 24-21.

The Yellow Jackets, who had won their first six games for the first time since 1966, entered with Division I-A's No. 4 offense at 553.5 yards per game. But they were held to season-low 296 by a defense that had an extra week to prepare for the triple option.

"It's probably the hardest we've prepared for a game, and the results showed," Cavs cornerback Chase Minnifield said. "Without that second week, we might not have had the same result."

Georgia Tech saw quarterback Tevin Washington' 85-yard touchdown run and 66-yard pass to Orwin Smith wiped out by penalties during the second half.

"I'm frustrated," coach Paul Johnson said. "We are not good enough to have penalties and kill ourselves. And (Virginia) did exactly what it needed to do."

No. 19 Va. Tech 38, Wake 17: Logan Thomas rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two for the visiting Hokies. Virginia Tech trailed by 10 early but took command by scoring four touchdowns in a span of 11:07. "We knew we'd eventually hit something that kind of got us going," Thomas said. "I think we could just chip away, and we would have been perfectly fine. But just coming back the way we did, it was a good confidence boost for the offense."

8 Clemson 56

Maryland 45

Clemson stages huge rally to beat Maryland, remain perfect 10/15/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 16, 2011 12:11am]
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