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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
CLEMSON, S.C. -- As Maryland headed into its locker room trailing 17-6 at the half, freshman defensive tackle A.J. Francis stopped at the 50-yard line, knelt down and said a quick prayer.
At this point, prayer might be the Terps' best option.
Maryland is making Clemson look like, well, like the No. 9 team in the country. You remember, how everyone thought the Tigers would look heading into that Alabama game? Right.
The Tigers look hungry. They look tough. They are playing physical, despite what defensive coordinator Vic Koenning said earlier this week (or maybe because of it).
Maryland looks disoriented. It is.
Defensive coordinator Chris Cosh is going to have a hard time explaining this one. James Davis and C.J. Spiller are having their way with his defense and will both have well over 100 rushing yards before the game is over. Davis already has 100. They're throwing it just to amuse themselves, because there's certainly no need to at this point.
Clemson punter Jimmy Maners must be so bored. They've only needed him once. The Tigers have 14 first downs to Maryland's three. They have 260 yards of total offense to the Terps' 93. They've controlled the clock.
This is not a game where turnovers are important. Heck, Clemson handed it to Maryland twice and the Terps couldn't get in the end zone. They couldn't ask for more -- one pass even bounced off a receiver's back and into the hands of Ronnie Tyler for a lucky first down.
Maryland's offensive line is overrated and underperforming. The Terps have come within inches of the end zone and couldn't score a touchdown.
Francis has the right idea. It's going to take a miracle for Maryland to win this one if it comes out and plays the same way in the second half.