No Quit in These Tigers

The Tigers look to improve to 6-4 on the season with a win at Duke.

Clemson looks to clinch a bowl berth Saturday with a victory over Duke.

A month ago that hardly would have seemed possible for the Tigers (5-4, 4-3 ACC), who extended their winning streak to four games with last week's upset of Miami in the Orange Bowl.

What turned the season around?

"We talked really hard about players not quitting and challenging them," head coach Tommy Bowden said. "I think a lot had to do with the chemistry of the senior leadership. Sitting there 1-4, we were 1-4 and beating Utah State 7-0 at halftime, not playing very good offensively. We could have very easily tanked it.

"And the next week we were down 7-3 to Maryland. I think it said a lot about the players' character and how the staff presented itself during the week."

The Tigers will be heavily favored over a struggling Duke, but now that his Tigers have reached this point, Bowden is taking no chances.

"I'm scared already about Duke," Bowden said, "because the environment is no where near to what we just experienced and to what we have at home."

The Tigers have each of the past five games against Duke, scoring 50 or points on three of those occasions.

Player to Watch: LB Leroy Hill -- One of the best in the business, he leads Clemson with 89 tackles, including 17 for negative yardage. He is the conference sack leader with eight for 66 yards.

TB Reggie Merriweather -- He has taken over the lead to the ground game and became Clemson's first 100-yard rusher with his 114-yard night against Miami. He has 469 yards for the season, more than double Duane Coleman's 206.

Roster Report: WR Chansi Stuckey re-sprained his ankle against Miami and is considered questionable for Duke. FB Cliff Harrell (ankle) also is questionable. WHIP LB Eric Sampson will return to action after missing the last three games with a broken jaw.

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