Maryland Rallies To Beat Clemson 20-17

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Saturday, September 27, 2008. (AP) -- Chris Turner threw for a touchdown and Da'Rel Scott rushed for one to rally Maryland to its second straight Death Valley victory with a 20-17 win over Clemson on Saturday.

Maryland (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) came in as a big underdog, just like in 2006 here, against the preseason favorites for the conference title. And just like two years ago, the Terps overcame a second-half deficit for the win.

Maryland trailed 17-6 in the third quarter when Darrius Heyward-Bey went 76 yards on a reverse -- the longest run Clemson allowed in eight years -- to give the Terps a 1st-and-goal. Two plays later, Turner found a wide-open Torrey Smith to make it 17-13.

Still down in the final quarter, Turner got the Terps going again. He hit Danny Oquendo with passes of 11, 11 and 21 yards to get Maryland to the Clemson 1.

Scott, the ACC's leading rusher entering the game, ran in for the go-ahead score.

Clemson had one last chance, driving into Maryland territory. But Cullen Harper was stopped short on fourth-and-1 with 5:36 remaining.

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