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Petty quarterbacks loss to Clemson

Terps struggle after injuries take three Maryland quarterbacks out for season

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Published on: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

By Brandy L. Simms

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead the Tigers past Maryland, 45-10, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Death Valley.

Clemson (9-1, 6-1) remained on track for a BCS bowl bid after Texas A&M’s upset of top-ranked Alabama.

“They’re very, very talented on both sides of the ball,” Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said. “You can see why they’re ranked as high as they are, and they’re very deserving on that ranking.”

Meanwhile, Maryland (4-6, 2-4) suffered its fourth straight loss after a rash of injuries decimated the roster lineup.

The Terrapins have gone through four quarterbacks since the preseason including three signal-callers who have been lost to torn ACLs.

C.J. Brown tore his ACL in August, and Perry Hills suffered an ACL tear in a loss to N.C. State last month. Caleb Rowe suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the Oct. 27 loss to Boston College.

Maryland linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, the team’s leading tackler, also suffered a torn ACL against Georgia Tech and was lost for the season.

Shawn Petty, a converted linebacker who was a two-way standout at Eleanor Roosevelt High in Greenbelt, has started the past two games at quarterback for Maryland.

Against Clemson, Petty connected with tight end and Forestville High product Devonte Campbell on a 17-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. The touchdown marked Petty’s third touchdown pass this season and Campbell’s first touchdown reception of the 2012 campaign.

Brandon Ross became only the second Maryland running back to surpass the century mark this season. He finished with 100 yards on 16 carries.

Maryland will host Florida State at noon Saturday in the final regular season home game.

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