CLEMSON, S.C. — It was only fitting that Clemson’s decorated senior class made a little more history Saturday night at Death Valley.

The Tigers got off to a sluggish start before pulling away for a 35-6 victory against Duke on Senior Day. With the win Clemson’s senior class set a school record for victories during a four-year span with 51. The mark is also an ACC record.

No. 2 Clemson (11-0, 8-0) fell behind 6-0 to start the game and led only 14-6 at halftime as the Tigers struggled offensively in the opening two quarters. Clemson had 37 total yards in the first quarter and as a team had 10 carries for 17 yards in the first half.

But the Tigers finally started exploiting Duke’s questionable run defense in the third quarter. The Blue Devils (7-4, 3-4) entered Saturday’s game allowing 212 rushing yards per game and Travis Etienne and company got going in the second half.

Etienne had nine carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns, and he now has 17 rushing touchdowns on the season, which ties a school record. As a team the Tigers finished with 208 rushing yards on 36 carries. Clemson had 26 carries for 191 rushing yards in the second half.

No. 2 Clemson 35, Duke 6

Duke 6 0 0 0 — 6

Clemson 0 14 14 7 — 35

First Quarter

DUK–FG Wareham 34, 4:07

DUK–FG Wareham 32, :22

Second Quarter

CLE–Feaster 2 run (Huegel kick), 12:44

CLE–Ross 19 pass from T.Lawrence (Huegel kick), 1:16

Third Quarter

CLE–Etienne 27 run (Huegel kick), 12:25

CLE–Etienne 29 run (Huegel kick), 4:20

Fourth Quarter

CLE–Chase 10 pass from T.Lawrence (Huegel kick), 11:21

DUK CLE

First downs 17 25

Rushes-yards 35-104 36-208

Passing 158 251

Comp-Att-Int 24-44-0 21-39-0

Return Yards 42 79

Punts-Avg. 10-40.0 8-44.87

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0

Penalties-Yards 6-52 7-54

Time of Possession 32:20 26:54

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Duke, D.Jackson 11-51, B.Brown 7-22, Q.Harris 3-19, D.Jones 12-7, Durant 2-5. Clemson, Etienne 9-81, T.Lawrence 3-26, Choice 5-26, Brice 3-23, Dixon 3-18, Feaster 7-17, Thomason 1-7, Mac Lain 2-4, Kendrick 1-3, Rencher 2-3.

PASSING–Duke, D.Jones 24-43-0-158, Q.Harris 0-1-0-0. Clemson, T.Lawrence 21-38-0-251, Brice 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING–Duke, Rahming 9-38, Helm 3-56, D.Jackson 3-21, Philyaw-Johnson 2-21, Koppenhaver 2-16, Lloyd 2-(minus 1), Gray 1-5, C.Taylor 1-4, Bobo 1-(minus 2). Clemson, Ross 4-76, Higgins 4-47, Rodgers 4-33, Kendrick 2-37, Chase 2-19, Feaster 2-10, T.Thompson 1-14, Richard 1-8, H.Renfrow 1-7.

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