No. 9 Clemson traveled to Duke’s Wallace Wade Stadium and lost the Blue Devils 28-7 in the season opener.
Clemson vs. Duke scoring plays
Todd Pelino 22-yard field goal, 3-0 Duke with 9:19 remaining in the first quarter
Pelino 42-yard field goal, 6-0 Duke with 14:19 remaining in the second quarter
Cade Klubnik 2-yard pass to Will Shipley (Robert Gunn III PAT), 7-6 Clemson with 10:09 remaining in the second quarter
Riley Leonard 44-yard rush (Pelino PAT), 13-7 Duke with 12:40 remaining in the third quarter
Jaquez Moore 9-yard rush (Leonard 2-point pass to Jalon Calhoun), 21-7 Duke with 10:33 remaining in the game
Jordan Waters 36-yard rush (Pelino PAT), 28-7 Duke with 3:15 remaining in the game
FIRST DOWNS: Clemson 29, Duke 17
RUSHES-YARDS (NET): Clemson 40-213, Duke 30-199
PASSING-YARDS (NET): Clemson 209, Duke 175
Passes Att-Comp-Int: Clemson 43-27-1, Duke 34-17-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS: Clemson 83-422, Duke 64-374
Fumble Returns-Yards: Clemson 2-0, Duke 2-55
Possession Time: Clemson 33:33, Duke 26:27
Third-Down Conversions, Clemson 7-15, Duke 5-15
Fourth-Down Conversions: Clemson 0-2, Duke 1-1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances: Clemson 1-4, Duke 2-2
RUSHING—Clemson, W.Shipley 17-114, Mafah 11-65, Klubnik 12-34. Duke, R.Leonard 8-98, Jo.Waters 11-63, Jq.Moore 8-43.
PASSING—Clemson, Klubnik 27-43-1-209. Duke, R.Leonard 17-33-0-175.
RECEIVING—Clemson, Ao.Williams 7-56, W.Shipley 6-29, B.Collins 5-50, Ce.Turner 2-21, Tl.Brown 2-21, Mafah 2-14, Briningstool 1-10, Ad.Randall 1-8, Spector 1-0. Duke, Jl.Calhoun 5-32, Jo.Waters 3-46, Hagans 3-25, Jr.Moore 3-20, Jq.Moore 1-28, Dalmolin 1-16, Jo.Robertson 1-8.
Clemson injury update
Clemson released its travel roster roughly 90 minutes before kickoff. There are no new injuries to report off the two-deep depth chart.
Injured players who didn’t travel include defensive tackle Tré Williams (shoulder), defensive tackle Vic Burley (knee) and defensive end Armon Mason (undisclosed).
Fifteen of of Clemson’s 26 scholarship true freshmen in the well regarded Class of 2023 ended up traveling. The group includes lots of expected names such as DT Peter Woods, DE T.J. Parker and WR Tyler Brown but also a few surprises such as RB Jay Haynes, TE Olsen Patt-Henry and DE A.J. Hoffler.
What was the Clemson-Duke point spread?
Clemson was a 13-point favorite in today’s game point spread, according to the VegasInsider consensus betting line. The over-under for points scored in the game was 55.5.
ESPN’s Football Power Index gave the Tigers an 86.8% chance to beat the Blue Devils.