Clemson defeats Duke for unbeaten ACC year

December 02, 1991

TOKYO -- Some 50,000 Japanese spectators, with no particular loyalties but a taste for the spectacular, were treated to a game of big plays yesterday when No. 13 Clemson beat Duke, 33-21.

Rudy Harris ran 59 yards for the clinching touchdown, giving Clemson (9-1-1, 6-0-1) its first unbeaten season in the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1982. It takes on California in the Florida Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1.

There were long touchdown passes: Duke's Dave Brown connecting on plays of 55 and 72 yards to Brad Breedlove.

There was a reserve quarterback coming off the bench to save the day: Clemson's Richard Moncrief with a 34-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run, followed by a 34-yard scoring pass to Terry Smith.

There were reversals: Within three plays, five minutes into the fourth quarter, there was one pass interception and three fumbles. Duke (4-6-1, 1-6-0) started with the ball. Clemson ended up with it. And that's when Moncrief hit on his scoring pass.

"The consistency wasn't there for us," said Clemson coach Ken Hatfield, who picked up his 100th career victory.

Clemson... 0... 7... 0... 26... -- ... 33

Duke...... 0... 7... 7.... 7... -- ... 21

Duke--Breedlove 55 pass from Brown (Gardner kick)

Clem--Smith 13 pass from Cameron (Welch kick)

Duke--Breedlove 72 pass from Brown (Gardner kick)

Clem--Harris 3 run (Welch kick)

Clem--Moncrief 34 run (Welch kick)

Clem--Smith 34 pass from Moncrief (kick failed)

Duke--C. Brown 12 pass from D. Brown (Gardner kick)

Clem--Harris 59 run (kick failed)

A--50,000.

..... ..... .......Cle..... ..... Duke

First downs... ....... 21..... ....... 21

Rushes-yards...... 57-355..... .... 32-18

Passing .......... ...100..... ...... 385

Return yards.... ...... 0..... ........ 6

Comp-att-int...... 7-15-0..... .. 23-48-2

Punts...... ........ 4-39..... ..... 5-31

Fumbles-lost......... 4-3..... ...... 3-2

Penalties-yards..... 3-15..... ..... 5-35

Time of possession..34:49..... .... 25:11

RUSHING--Clemson, Blunt 24-163, Harris 13-126, Moncrief 8-46, Hall 3-10, Cameron 5-4, Ryans 1-11, Witherspoon 2-5, Kennedy 1- (minus 10). Duke, C. Brown 13-36, Redmon 2-20, D. Brown 12- (minus 32), Wright 5-(minus 6).

PASSING--Clemson, Moncrief 3-6-0-51, Cameron 4-9-0-49. Duke, D. Brown 23-48-2-385.

RECEIVING--Clemson, Smith 3-69, Bryant 1-11, Gibson 1-7, Blunt 1-7, Hall 1-6. Duke, Breedlove 5-160, Mays 5-75, Farquhar 5-64, C. Brown 4-37, Dorsey 3-44, Jones 1-5.

ACC standings

..... .....Conference...... Overall

..... .....W... L...T ..... W... L... T

Clemson...... 6... 0...1 ..... 9... 1... 1

N.C. State... 5... 2...0 ..... 9... 2... 0

Georgia Tech. 5... 2...0 ..... 7... 5... 0

Virginia..... 4... 2...1 ..... 8... 2... 1

N. Carolina.. 3... 4...0 ..... 7... 4... 0

Maryland..... 2... 5...0 ..... 2... 9... 0

Duke......... 1... 6...0 ..... 4... 6... 1

Wake Forest.. 1... 6...0 ..... 3... 8... 0

Yesterday's result

Clemson 33, Duke 21

Saturday's result

Georgia 18, Georgia Tech 15

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