For the first time since 1986, there is a distinct possibility that the rivalry game won't be shown on television, CUTigers.com has learned. If ESPN decides not to carry the game, the other option is a pay-per-view telecast, because it's very doubtful JP would pick it up, a high-ranking member in the Clemson athletic department said.
However, it was believed that with South Carolina defeating Arkansas, the odds of ESPN picking up the game were increased. But there are no guarantees.
The announcement will come Monday.
Stuckey Ties Mark
Even though it took him eight games to record his first touchdown reception of the year, receiver Chansi Stuckey tied a Clemson rare mark that's held by only two other players.
Stuckey is now the third person in school history to have recorded a touchdown four different ways. He has thrown for a score, ran for a score, returned a punt for a score and now made a reception for a score.
"With all the guys that we've had here, it feels real good to be one of those players to score four different ways," Stuckey said. "It shows the versatility that we were recruited with."
Bobby Gage and Ray Matthews were the other two players to accomplish the feat.
Merriweather Runs for 100 Again
Tailback Reggie Merriweather became the first running back at Clemson to rush for 100 yards or more in three consecutive games since Raymond Priester did it four in a row in 1996.
"I've been trying to prove myself since I've been here," the red-shirt junior said. "It's not a big deal."
Placekicker Jad Dean had the first blocked field goal of his career early in the fourth quarter Saturday. It was the first time since 2000 that Clemson has had one blocked. Just for good measure, the Tigers blocked one of Duke's just before the end of the first half. …
Red-shirt defensive end freshman Cortney Vincent registered first-career sack in first quarter. … Third-string quarterback and red-shirt freshman Cullen Harper saw his first-ever action late in the fourth quarter. He finished the day 1-of-2 passing for 15 yards. …
Duke's opening possession to start the second half was the longest touchdown drive in time and plays against Clemson this year. The Blue Devils marched 77 yards in 15 plays over a span of 7:19. … There were no injuries.
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