No. 10 Clemson rolls past Duke, 56-20
DURHAM, N.C. — Clemson put on a record-record performance in a 56-20 victory over Duke on Saturday night.
Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins caught three touchdown passes, all in the first quarter, to break the program’s career mark for touchdown catches (22), and broke the single-season mark (13), topping Sammy Watkins’ record of 12 set a year earlier.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd accounted for six touchdowns in the first half — five passing, one rushing.
No. 10 Clemson (8-1, 4-1 ACC) shredded Duke (6-4, 3-3) and its suspect secondary. Boyd set a school record with 388 yards of total offense in the first half.
Clemson nearly beat its record for total yardage in a game with 723 yards. Clemson’s record is 756 yards vs. Wake Forest in 1981.
Perhaps the only offensive concern was Andre Ellington leaving the game after his first carry and not returning with an apparent hamstring injury.