Kelly also went over the 2500 yard mark for his career with his performance today. He now has 2553 yards for his career and needs just 129 to break Terry Smith¹s career record. Smith had 2681 between 1990-93. Kelly went ahead of both Rod Gardner (2498) and Perry Tuttle (2534) with today¹s performance. Tuttle, an All-American on Clemson¹s 1981 National Championship team, was at the game today.
· C.J. Spiller¹s 24-yard touchdown run in the first quarter moved
him into fifth place all-time in the Clemson record book with 29 career
touchdowns. Spiller later scored his 30th career touchdown on an 83-yard
reception in the third quarter and now has 30 touchdowns for his career,
just one behind Fred Cone, who had 31 between 1948-50.
· Spiller¹s 83-yard touchdown reception in the third period gave him
108 receiving yards for the day, a Clemson single game record for a running
back. He had 105 receiving yards two weeks ago at Boston College. Ray
Mathews also had 105 receiving yards against Mississippi State in 1948.
· Spiller¹s 83-yard touchdown reception was the longest in Clemson
history by a Tiger running back. The previous record was an 82-yard
reception by Spiller against Boston College in 2006 on a pass from Will
Proctor. Overall, it was the longest pass play for Clemson since 2002 when
freshman Charlie Whitehurst threw a 83 yard scoring pass to Airese Currie at
North Carolina. Overall, today¹s 83-yard pass from Cullen Harper to Spiller
tied for the third longest in Clemson history.
· Spiller had seven receptions for those 108 reception yards today.
That tied a single game record for receptions by a running back. Dick
Bukowsky had seven receptions for the Tigers against Florida State in 1970.
· Spiller¹s 83-yard reception from Harper was the 12th touchdown of
50 yards or more in his career, a Clemson career record. It tied for his
longest touchdown play from scrimmage. He had an 83-yard run against Auburn
in the 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.
· James Davis had two rushing touchdowns today and now has 46 for
his career, 44 rushing and two receiving. Davis is now just four touchdowns
short of the Clemson career record. Travis Zachery had 50 between
· Cullen Harper had his best game of the year against a conference
foe today. Harper was 20-26 for 292 yards and a touchdown without and
interception. Harper had thrown an interception in seven consecutive games
entering today¹s contest. His passing yardage total was a season high and
was the second highest total of his career. He had 372 in a loss to
Virginia Tech last year.
· Harper now has 5,236 passing yardage for his career. He went over
the 5,000 yard mark today for his career and over the 2,000 yard mark for
the season. He is the fourth Clemson quarterback to go over 5,000 yards in
a career. Charlie Whitehurst (9665), Woody Dantzler (6,037) and Nealon
Greene (5719) are the others.
· Harper had 20 completions today and now has 471 in his career. He
moved ahead of Nealon Greene and Woody Dantzler today on the Clemson list
and is now in second place in Clemson history. The record holder is Charlie
Whitehurst, who had 817 completions between 2002-05.
· Chris Clemons was credited with three tackles today and now has an
even 300 for his career.
· Clemson had three sacks today to tie a team season high. Brandon
Maye and Kavell Conner had two of the sacks, the second and third sacks by
Clemson linebackers this year.
· Michael Hamlin had his fourth interception of the year and the
12th of his Clemson career. He also has four career fumble recoveries,
giving his 16 career takeaways. He is now all alone in second place in
Clemson history in that category. Only college football Hall of Fame
inductee Terry Kinard has more. He had 19 between 1979-82.
· Clemson¹s defense held Duke to 168 total yards today. It was the
fewest by a Clemson opponent since South Carolina State had just 152 earlier
this year. But it was the low total by an ACC opponent since North Carolina
had just 150 against the Tigers in 2006.
· Duke had just 85 yards passing today, the eighth straight game
Clemson has held the opposition to under 200 yards passing. That is the
longest streak of holding the opposition under 200 yards since 1979 when
that team also had an eight-game streak.
· Clemson won the turnover margin stat today, forcing two turnovers,
while the opposition did not commit any. It marked the first time all year
that Clemson did not commit a turnover and just the third time this year
Clemson has won the turnover margin stat.
· Clemson defeated Duke today on Homecoming 31-7. C.J. Spiller and
James Davis both scored two touchdowns in today¹s game. In 2006, Clemson
defeated Georgia Tech on Homecoming, by the same 31-7 score. In that game
against Georgia Tech two years ago, Spiller and Davis also scored two
NOTES: Kelly Sets ACC Record
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