Duke shocks No. 9 Clemson in season opener

Duke shocks No. 9 Clemson in season opener

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The unranked Duke Blue Devils produced an incredible season-opener as they beat the No. 9 ranked Clemson Tigers 28-7 on Monday night – and their fans more than enjoyed the occasion.

Playing in front of a vociferous home crowd at Wallace Wade Stadium, the Blue Devils held the Tigers scoreless in the second half for a first victory against a top-10 opponent since last defeating then No. 7 Clemson in 1989, according to The Athletic. Duke was previously 0-28 against top-10 opponents.

The Blue Devils found themselves 7-6 down at halftime but, led by quarterback Riley Leonard, took the initiative thereafter.

In the third quarter, and still trailing 7-6, Leonard broke out for an incredible 44-yard touchdown run. The play of the night put the Blue Devils in the driving seat and they didn’t look back.

Overall, Leonard passed for 175 yards and a touchdown, while notching 98 rushing yards during the game.

September 4, 2023: Duke Blue Devils quarterback Riley Leonard (13) runs with ball during the second quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Football matchup at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, NC. (Scott Kinser/CSM) (Credit Image: © Scott Kinser/Cal Sport Media) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

The Blue Devils continued to pile onto the score following Leonard’s impressive solo play, while also shutting out the Tigers in the second half to seal the huge Week 1 upset, causing Duke fans to rush onto the field.

September 4, 2023: Duke Blue Devils students prepare to rush the field after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Football matchup at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, NC. (Scott Kinser/CSM) (Credit Image: © Scott Kinser/Cal Sport Media) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

When the pressure was on throughout the game, Clemson was guilty of making costly errors, fumbling the ball on two occasions when just yards away from the end zone. These moments encapsulated the sloppy performance from the Tigers.

“That’s the weirdest game I’ve ever been a part of,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said, per ESPN. “I’ve been beat. I’ve had my butt kicked. But that’s the strangest game I’ve ever been a part of.

“It’s almost indescribable what I just saw,” he added. “It’s incredibly frustrating when you had so much opportunity … It’s routine stuff. The basics. The fundamentals. Basic, basic stuff.”


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