DURHAM, N.C. - Charlie Whitehurst wasn't the only Clemson player to put up
big numbers Saturday.
Wide receivers J.J. McKelvey and Derrick Hamilton each had over 100 yards
receiving in the 34-31 victory at Duke, marking just the second time that has
happened in school history.
McKelvey had 10 catches for 103 yards, while Hamilton finished with seven for
101. Both also had touchdown receptions.
The last Clemson duo to accomplish the feat were Brian Wofford and Mal Lawyer
in a 46-39 loss to N.C. State in 1998. McKelvey and Lawyer are cousins and
played together on the 1999 Clemson team.
Among his other accomplishments Saturday, Charlie Whitehurst became the first
Clemson freshman quarterback to start a game since Woody Dantzler vs. North
Carolina in 1998.
He became the first freshman starter to win since Nealon Greene beat Georgia
Tech in 1994, and the first to win his initial start since Rodney Williams
beat Virginia in 1985. Prior to Saturday, Clemson freshman quarterbacks were
just 12-17 as starters, including 3-11 on the road.
Whitehurst also became the second Tiger ever to amass over 400 yards of total
offense, finishing with a net 414. Dantzler did it three times.
Hard as it may be to believe, Saturday marked just the second time in school
history that Clemson overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win
The previous occasion came against Virginia in 1980, when the Tigers trailed
24-10 (same as Saturday) and rallied for a 27-24 victory.
The last time Clemson overcame a 14-point deficit to win any game was in a
38-24 win at North Carolina in 2000. The Tigers trailed that game 17-0 in the
first half, before Willie Simmons relieved an injured Dantzler and threw four
touchdown passes in the comeback.
- Three Clemson players left Saturday's game with injuries - Cedric Johnson
(bruised shin), Donnell Washington (sprained ankle) and Yusef Kelly (bruised
All three will have their status reevaluated today.
- Whitehurst's 420 yards passing were the most by an Atlantic Coast
Conference quarterback this year.
- The Tigers are now 31-15-1 all time vs. Duke, including 13-11 at Wallace
- Punter Wynn Kopp had one of his better days this season, averaging 37.1
yards per kick on five punts. His long was 41.