While the Clemson offense was firing on all cylinders, the Blue Devils seemingly forgot to add fuel as the Tigers were able to hold Duke to just 174 yards of total offense, including shutting down the ACC's leading rusher, Chris Douglas, to just 62 yards after he had run for over 100 yards in each of his three previous games.
Indeed the offensive play calling for the Tigers confused the Duke defensive unit with a medley of short passes and pay actions that forced the Devils into open field tackling situations. Unfortunately that aspect of the defensive game was lacking on Saturday, which allowed the Tigers to turn short gains into long ones routinely.
After the game Clemson fans stormed the field, though left the goal posts unlike last week when the posts fell after the victory over Florida State.
The game was quickly turned into a no contest as the Tigers opened the game with an 80 yard drive, which was capped off with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Whitehurst to Derrick Hamilton as Clemson took a 7-0 lead. The next play saw usually sure handed Senterrio Landrum fumble the kick off return which led to another Clemson touchdown strike for a 14-0 lead.
Duke threw an interception deep in its territory two players later, which didn't cost them as the Tigers' Aaron Hunt missed a 27-yard field goal. Still by that point the offense had settled into an all too familiar funk which last throughout the entire game.
The only score for the Blue Devils came on a 25-yard run by Cedric Dargan after a Clemson fumble deep in its territory long after the game was decided. Duke didn't manage to punch the ball into Clemson territory until the middle of the second quarter.