The Maryland Terrapins gave the No. 9 Clemson Tigers everything they could have wanted and more, but ultimately couldn't make enough plays in a 40-27 loss.
The loss moves Maryland to 5-3 on the season and just 1-3 in the ACC.
Maryland trailed just 9-7 late in the first half and went into the locker room down 16-7. The Terps were able to keep the game close by holding Clemson to three field goals and one touchdown in five trips to the red zone in the first half.
The difference in depth and talent started to show in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter, as Clemson built its lead to 20 points. A touchdown by the Terps in the final seconds made the score look a little bit better, but it was no consolation for a team still seeking its sixth win of the season.
After being blown out by Wake Forest, the effort against Clemson was much better. Maryland was forced to start a backup at every single skill position on the offensive side of the ball, yet was still able to put up 27 points against one of the top teams in the country.
Randy Edsall has to be encouraged about the way some of his backups stepped up and took advantage of the opportunity for more playing time. He's going to need more of the game in the coming weeks if Maryland is to get another win and become bowl eligible.
Edsall's job might also depend on how the team finishes the season. There is some speculation that Edsall could be fired if the team fails to reach a bowl game in his third season at the helm. There is obviously some sympathy given the team's injury problems the past two years, but there has to be some investigation to see if Maryland is doing something to cause this many players to get hurt.
The athletic department's money issues will certainly help his cause, but the Terps might want to make a big splash heading into Big Ten play.