College Football: Clemson 31, Duke 7
Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 15, 2008
CLEMSON, S.C. ó C.J. Spiller had an 83-yard touchdown catch and a 24-yard scoring run to help Clemson win its 14th straight over Duke at home 31-7 on Saturday.
Spiller continued his electrifying play in the season’s second half for the Tigers (5-5, 3-4 ACC). He accounted for 242 yards two weeks ago and added two more touchdowns last week in a 41-27 loss at Florida State.
This time, it was Duke which couldn’t contain Clemson’s “Lightning.”
Spiller broke around the right side for a 24-yard touchdown run to start the Tigers’ scoring. It looked like he had wriggled free of several Blue Devils for a second-quarter TD, but a review ruled him down at the 1. James Davis finished the drive off a play later for a 17-0 lead.
Spiller was at it again when the Tigers got the ball after halftime, catching Cullen Harper’s pass in stride and outrunning everyone for his long TD play.
It was Spiller’s 12th career touchdown play of 50 yards or better, tops in Clemson history. He finished with 74 yards rushing and seven catches for 108 yards, a Clemson single-game record for a running back.
Davis added a second scoring run and fellow senior Aaron Kelly caught 10 passes to become the ACC’s all-time career leader with 217 receptions.
Duke’s postseason chances also took a big hit. The Blue Devils (4-6, 1-5) began the season 3-1 under first-year coach David Cutcliffe.