Ex-QBs coach helps shut down Terps MARYLAND NOTEBOOK

October 02, 1994|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clyde Christensen, Clemson's co-offensive coordinator, had spent the past two years as Maryland's quarterbacks coach.

He said his knowledge of the Terps' run-and-shoot wasn't incorporated into the Tigers' defensive game plan yesterday -- "That stuff's overrated" -- but Maryland wasn't buying.

"I don't know how much Coach Christensen had to do with it, but he must know how to stop the run-and-shoot," offensive tackle Steve Ingram said after the Terps' attack bogged down in a 13-0 loss.

Limiting the Tigers to a touchdown and two field goals seemingly would result in victory, but the Maryland offense didn't do its part. After their opening possession, the Terps moved into Clemson territory three times.

Jamie Bragg, who started the game at defensive tackle but moved back to center when Erik Greenstein injured his left elbow in the third period, said that the offense that ranked third in the nation in passing last year has yet to reach its peak this season.

"We're struggling offensively, missing blocks, dropping passes," Bragg said. "We scored 31 points against Wake Forest last week, and should have had more. There's no way we should be shut out."

For the second straight week, Kevin Foley started at quarterback. He played eight series and Scott Milanovich four.

"You certainly can't get into the flow when you're not in therlong," Milanovich said, "but it [quarterback rotation] worked last week. Maybe Kevin and I didn't get the job done."

If so, they weren't alone. The offense committed three of thTerps' five penalties, and only one of its 24 receptions went farther than 17 yards. Wide receivers dropped at least three passes. The offensive line was beaten for four sacks.

Take away points

Clemson coach Tommy West doesn't adhere to the maxim that you never take points off the scoreboard.

Ahead 7-0 in the second quarter, the Tigers got a 21-yard field goal from Nelson Welch, but gave it back when the Terps were offsides and instead took a first down at the 8-yard line. Three plays later, in the grasp of Mike Settles, quarterback Louis Solomon lobbed an ill-advised pass into the arms of another Terps linebacker, Tim Brown.

"I'd do it again," West said of giving back the field goal. "When it's that close, I don't agree with that, about never taking away points."

West said that Clemson's offensive goal was to win the time of possession, and that seven-minute possession was a big part of the 35-plus minutes the Tigers held the ball.

Miscellaneous

Cornerback Raphael Wall left with a sprained neck in the sixth minute, and didn't return. . . . Wide receiver Kendrick Walton became the seventh true freshman to play for the Terps. . . . Brown, starting at inside linebacker for the second straight week, became the first player other than Ratcliff Thomas to lead the Terps in tackles. He had 11. . . . Clemson did nothing to hurt its No. 2 ranking in the nation in turnover margin, with one interception and no fumbles.

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