11-0 AND 1 TO GO

Despite slow start, Tigers beat Duke to move closer to perfect regular season

By Alex Maminakis
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — Slow start? No problem.

Despite a sluggish first quarter for Clemson on Saturday, and a first half in which the Tigers collected 195 yards and punted seven times, the No. 2 team in the country found its rhythm in the second half at Memorial Stadium and beat Duke soundly, 35-6.

The Blue Devils only managed two field goals in the first quarter, and didn’t score the rest of the night.

But the Tigers (11-0, 8-0 ACC) didn’t lead until early in the second quarter, when Tavien Feaster found the end zone for a two-yard score, and Duke continued to threaten with its efficient quarterback, Daniel Jones, keeping the game in reach.

Clemson’s growing lead and strong defense, however, soon secured the win for the Tigers.

“I’m really proud of our team for how they responded in the second half. Obviously, we did not get off to a great start,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said after the game. “I was really disappointed in how we started, but it’s a four-quarter game. I challenged them at halftime to see how they could respond. To win 35-6 against a good football team … I’m really proud of our guys and how they responded.”

Reviewing the game’s final stats, it was easy to forget Clemson’s slow start. The Tigers racked up 459 total yards, 208 of which came on the ground,

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