Today's Maryland game

October 27, 2007|By HEATHER A. DINICH

Matchup -- Clemson (5-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Maryland (4-3, 1-2)

Time -- 3:30 p.m.

Site -- Byrd Stadium, College Park.

TV -- Chs. 2, 7.

Radio -- 105.7 FM, 1300 AM, XM Satellite Radio Ch. 191.

Line -- Clemson by 3 1/2 .

Series -- Clemson leads 29-24-2.

Last meeting -- Maryland won, 13-12, on Nov. 4, 2006, at Clemson.

Maryland offense vs. Clemson defense -- If left tackle Scott Burley doesn't play because of a right foot injury, the Terps will be down three starting offensive linemen against the No. 2 defense in the ACC. The Tigers are second in total defense, allowing 289.7 yards per game, and lead the league in pass defense at 146.7 yards per game. Linebacker Nick Watkins leads Clemson with 68 tackles, and safety Michael Hamlin has had three interceptions. Maryland quarterback Chris Turner is expected to start his third straight game, but Jordan Steffy (concussion) has been cleared to play if needed for the first time since Sept. 29.

Maryland defense vs. Clemson offense -- Statistically, the Terps haven't had much to brag about on the defensive end, as they rank no better than seventh in the league in any of the major categories. The most glaring weakness might be Maryland's lack of success stopping opponents on third down; only Duke has been worse. Linebacker Erin Henderson, who has played with a broken thumb since the West Virginia game, along with numerous other injuries, still leads the ACC with 12.2 tackles per game. The Terps' challenge will be stopping the Tigers' running game - led by James Davis, who averages 78.7 yards - and Cullen Harper, who leads the ACC with a quarterback rating of 151.6 and has thrown as many touchdown passes (19) as Boston College Heisman Trophy hopeful Matt Ryan.

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