Maryland running back Tyler Cierski (49) blocks a Georgia Tech defender on a kick off return in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct, 8, 2011 in Atlanta . (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
ATLANTA — Maryland's first road game of the season was actually a trip home for a trio of Terrapins players from Gwinnett County.
It wasn't the happy occasion they had hoped for, though.
No. 13-ranked Georgia Tech held on and remained unbeaten, spoiling the homecoming for Max Garcia, D.J. Adams and Tyler Cierski with a 21-16 victory on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
It has been a season already full of growing pains for the Terrapins under new coach Randy Edsall, who was hired away from Connecticut to replace fellow former Georgia Tech assistant Ralph Friedgen.
Maryland, which has drawn the most attention for its garish new multi-colored uniforms, defeated Miami in its opener, but was blown out by Temple and struggled against Towson.
The Terrapins (2-3, 1-1 ACC) were down 21-3 before rallying in the fourth quarter to make things interesting against the Yellow Jackets (6-0, 3-0 ACC).
The only one of Maryland's players from Gwinnett to spend significant time on the field was former Norcross standout Garcia, the Terrapins' starting left tackle.
Originally scheduled to be a red shirt as a freshman, Garcia was forced into action late last season because of injuries and won a starting job for this year in spring practice. The sophomore has been in the opening lineup every game this season.
Adams, who graduated from Norcross in 2008 a year ahead of Garcia, set a Maryland freshman record with 11 rushing touchdowns as a red shirt last season. But he didn't have a carry against the Yellow Jackets.
Adams, who rushed for 239 yards a year ago and was a goal-line specialist, had to sit out the victory over Miami because of a violation of team rules before rushing for 64 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in the second game, a loss to West Virginia.
With the emergence of freshman Justus Pickett, however, behind starting tailback Davin Meggett, Adams had just six carries for 12 net yards against Temple and Towson. He did have a 15-yard TD run against Towson, though, to push his career total to 14 18th on the all-time Maryland list.
Former Mill Creek standout Cierski is listed No. 1 in the depth chart at fullback as a true freshman, but that is a position the Terps usually go without.
Cierski had a memorable moment against Towson, though. His first college catch resulted in a 5-yard TD and he became the first Maryland freshman to have a TD grab since 2000.