Devils Drilled In Death Valley, 31-7

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Duke Blue Devils (4-6, 1-5 ACC) were unable to get the offense going against the Clemson Tigers (5-5, 3-4), falling 31-7 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

The Tigers were paced by do-it-all running back C.J. Spiller, who accumulated 179 yards of total offense scoring a rushing and receiving touchdown. The junior rushed for 71 yards on ten carries with a long of 24 and caught seven passes for 108 yards with a long of 83.

The Duke defense was able to apply pressure at times in the back field recording five sacks, two by Vince Oghobaase and one each by Greg Akinbiyi, Abraham Kromah and Glenn Williams. The Blue Devils also made 11 tackles for a loss led by Kromah and Oghobaase with two each.

The Tigers found success on third down though converting 6-of-15, while the Blue Devils were only 2-of-14. Five of the six converted third downs for the Tigers went for 10 yards or more with a long of 23.

Four Duke defenders recorded double-digit tackles paced by Tauiliili (12), Catron Gainey (12), Rey (11), and Glenn Williams (11). Tauiliili went over 400 tackles for his career becoming the seventh Duke player to accomplish the feat. He is currently tied for sixth place all-time at Duke with 405.

Zack Asack replaced Thaddeus Lewis with 2:29 remaining in the first. The Previous drive Lewis was hit as he threw incomplete down the field. Lewis limped off the field following the team's second drive and did not return.

Asack ended the day 10-of-20 for 61 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for 32 yards. Lewis was 3-of-5 for 24 yards before the injury.

It took nearly 13 minutes but the Clemson Tigers found the end zone first scoring on their third drive of the game. Spiller took the handoff from Cullen Harper off the right tackle using his speed and quickness to break away from the Blue Devils defense for the 24-yard touchdown. The Duke D had a chance to get off the field the play before, but Harper completed a 3rd-down-and-ten pass to Tyler Grisham, who turned the wide receiver screen into a 19-yard first down extending the 6-play 58-yard drive for the Tigers.

The Tigers moved the football on their next possession into Duke territory, but came away with no points. Mark Buchholz missed a 52-yard field goal wide right as the Duke defense held Clemson from increasing their lead to ten. On the drive Tauiliili, Rey, Gainey, Aye-Darko and Oghobaase recorded tackles. Oghobaase recorded his second sack of the game on Harper on a 3rd-down-and-19 forcing the field goal unit on the field.

With 4:10 left in the first half the Tigers added three more off the foot of Buchholz who connected on a 39-yard field goal on the 11-play 52-yard drive.

Clemson added another score just before the half to go up 17-0. James Davis capped off the 8-play 51-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Harper completed six straight passes on the drive for the Tigers.

Clemson scored on their opening drive of the second half needing only 20 seconds to find the end zone. Harper hooked up with Spiller, who was split out as a wide receiver, taking the screen pass 83 yards for the touchdown to put the Tigers up 24-0.

The Blue Devils started the ensuing drive with their best field position of the game thanks to a 36-yard kickoff return by Jabari Marshall giving Duke the ball at their 40. After a rush and an incompletion by Asack, the junior quarterback was intercepted by Michael Hamlin.

The Tigers needed less than a minute to capaitalize scoring this time on a 3-yard rush by Davis for the score to put Clemson up 31-0.

After an 18 yard return by Lee Butler, the Blue Devils found the end zone for the first time with 6:21 left in the game. Asack dropped back and threw deep down the middle of the field to Eron Riley who hauled in the 28 yard pass for a touchdown making the score 31-7. Riley ended the day with three catches for 51 yards.

The Blue Devils were outgained offensively 461-to-158.


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