Bowden Shows A Different Side Against Duke

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Tommy Bowden tries to get the attention of the refs.

CLEMSON - Tommy Bowden normally keeps a low key demeanor, even during the
heat of game day.

But Saturday, with his team trailing 17-7 at Duke and showing few signs of
life, Bowden unleashed another side of his personality. One he displays only
on the rarest of occasions.

"I was a little more animated," he said during his regular Sunday
teleconference. "I've been that way on occasion. If you do it too often it
loses its effectiveness. There's probably a couple of times a year I get that

"But," he added with a laugh, "there were no cuss words involved. I can
promise you that."

Whatever it was Bowden said - he chose not to share the Cliff Notes version
of his speech - it had the desired effect.

The Tigers, riding the strong right arm of young quarterback Charlie
Whitehurst, rallied to beat the Blue Devils 34-31 at Wallace Wade Stadium.
The victory improved Clemson's record to 5-4 (3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference)
and kept the team's bowl hopes alive.

Sunday, Bowden gave credit to the Clemson seniors for reacting in a positive
manner to his halftime shenanigans and rallying the rest of the team around

"They showed a lot of character," he said. "It's been 20 years since we came
back from that big a deficit (14 points) in the fourth quarter, and there've
been a lot of good football played here in 20 years. I think that says a lot
about the team.

"We didn't play real good, but we didn't give up."

Coach Bowden at Halftime of the Duke Game

"There was definitely some fire. Coach (Bowden) came in there screaming. Telling us can we get a three and out? Can we score on offense? Things like that.

I’ve seen it a couple of times. He was real fired up. It’s probably the most animated I have seen him." -- Eric Meekins, Clemson free safety


- Donnell Washington (sprained ankle) and Yusef Kelly (thigh bruise) are
listed as questionable for next Saturday's game at North Carolina. Washington
was only the field for approximately five plays before suffering the sprained

- Clemson tackle leaders off the coach's film on Sunday were Rodney Thomas
(19), Eric Sampson (15), John Leake (14), Nick Eason (7, including 2 sacks).

- Derrick Hamilton is now 16th in the nation in all-purpose running with
151.9 yards per game. Clemson has two of the top 22 players in the nation in
terms of
interceptions. Brian Mance is 15th (5) and Justin Miller is 22nd (4).

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