Randy Edsall: 'Nobody's stopped them this year...we wanted to try to slow them down'

'When you look at Boyd and Ellington and Hopkins and Watkins and Ford and those guys, they just have a lot of weapons'

Spencer Shuey and Grady Jarrett combine to sack Maryland QB Shawn Petty in the second quarter

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Spencer Shuey and Grady Jarrett combine to sack Maryland QB Shawn Petty in the second quarter

Maryland's Randy Edsall:

“Give Clemson credit. That’s an outstanding football team that we played against today. They’re very, very talented on both sides of the ball. You can see why they’re ranked as high as they are, and they’re very deserving on that ranking.

"When you take a look at what happened today, we couldn’t get off the field on third down at times today. Against those guys, you have to be able to do that. Early in the game, we didn’t get off the field.

"Offensively, you just can’t turn the ball over three times and give one up for seven points. Of 21 points in the first half, 14 came off turnovers, I believe. You just can’t do that against a top ten team in the country.

"We’ll just go back and look at the film and work to get better and make the corrections and move forward. I thought that Brandon Ross had a good day. I thought he ran hard. I thought he showed something. We just have to go back to work tomorrow and get better.”

On the Terps' game plan against Clemson’s offense: “One of the things that we wanted to do as we came into the game was make them go the long way and try not to give up the big plays. We gave up a couple too many big plays when we didn’t use good eye discipline on some of the routes that they had when they got big plays.

"Nobody’s stopped them this year. We just wanted to make sure that we could try to slow them down, not give up the big plays, and play really good red zone defense and force them to kick field goals. That was really our game plan coming in, but we just weren’t able to do that. We weren’t able to get the stops that we needed to make, and then when we did get the stops that we needed to make, we couldn’t make the plays.

"When you look at Boyd and Ellington and Hopkins and Watkins and Ford and those guys, they just have a lot of weapons and put a lot of pressure on you. I thought we had a good game plan going in. We just didn’t execute it the way we needed to against the talent that they had.”

On quarterback Shawn Petty’s turnover issues: “That’s what’s most frustrating. Shawn has been put into a difficult situation, no question about that. The one thing that we’ve tried to stress to him is, ‘Just don’t turn the ball over. Secure the ball.’ He’s got some bad habits that we haven’t been able to get him out of in the time that we’ve worked with him as a quarterback - carrying the ball too low, not putting two hands on the ball when he goes in there. So that’s something we’ve just got to continue to stress.

"If we don’t turn it over, we can punt the ball and give them a longer field and be able to play better defense. Today, we gave them seven points on the fumble. That’s what we’ve really got to try to get him to eliminate.”

On trying to help his offense build confidence: “That’s exactly what I was trying to do - to put ourselves in position so our guys could get a little bit more confidence so we could move the ball. We wanted to try and be able to possess the ball and try to use up as much time as we could offensively and shorten the game as much as we could. We knew what we were up against when we came in here. I mentioned what we wanted to do defensively. Offensively, we wanted to try to be able to control the football and get first downs and eat up the clock and all of that. But we just weren’t able to execute enough.

"We just stuck with what we came in to do from a game plan standpoint because you can’t have a big manual of plays with a quarterback who’s just come to play quarterback in two and a half weeks.”

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