Originally created 10/14/00

Clemson notebook

A look at the No. 5 Clemson Tigers (6-0, 4-0 ACC) before they play host to Maryland (2-3, 0-2) today (6 p.m., ESPN2):

The scene:

A victory will give Clemson its first 7-0 start since the 1981 season, when Clemson won its only national championship. The Tigers are 29-point favorites in their homecoming matchup with the Terrapins.


Clemson has won seven straight with Maryland and nine of its past 10 in the series. The Tigers lead the series 26-20-2.

Key players:

Maryland -- TB Lamont Jordan (Sr., 5-11, 220); WR Gullian Gary (Jr., 6-0, 177); LB Marion Moye-Moore (Jr., 6-1, 221).

Clemson -- DE Nick Eason (So., 6-4, 255); QB Woody Dantzler (Jr., 5-11, 190); TB Travis Zachery (Jr., 6-0, 190).

When Maryland has the ball: Look for the Terps to try to use their passing game to open up the rushing attack. Maryland then will hand the ball to Jordan often. Jordan, one of the nation's top running backs, rushed for 177 yards and scored four touchdowns in last year's 42-30 loss to the Tigers.

When Clemson has the ball: Maryland ranks eighth out of the nine teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing yardage allowed, surrendering 206.4 yards per game. Clemson is fifth nationally in rushing offense, averaging 299 yards per game. The Tigers should run, run and run and dare Maryland to stop them.

-- Tim Morse


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