Proctor, Tigers Pound Duke, 49-20


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Will Proctor threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 39 yards and another touchdown.

CLEMSON - Charlie Whitehurst's first career start at quarterback for Clemson came against the Duke Blue Devils in 2002. Thirty-seven consecutive starts later, an injured Whitehurst gave way to backup Will Proctor.


Proctor's first start? Also, against the Blue Devils.


The redshirt junior threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns Saturday, leading Clemson to a 49-20 victory over visiting Duke at Death Valley. The Homecoming matchup was played before an announced crowd of 77,000.


The Tigers (5-4, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) rolled to the victory behind Proctor's steady play and an effective running attack, led by Reggie Merriweather and James Davis.



Merriweather (18 carries, 104 yards) scored on runs of 19, eight and 12 yards. Davis, in his first extensive playing time since suffering the broken wrist Oct. 13 at N.C. State, gained 85 yards on eight carries - including an 18-yard scoring run.


""Anytime you get the type of rushing output we got today, it's going to help your offense, said Bowden. "Rob Spence has done a good job with our running game and we have some new blocking schemes this year. It's not just the offensive line that helps our running game, it's the tight ends and fullbacks."


Meanwhile, Proctor played near flawless football in his first starting role. He completed 13-of-21 passes and tossed two touchdowns - both to Chansi Stuckey (11 and 40 yards). Stuckey finished the day with five catches for 112 yards.


The two scoring receptions were the first of his career. Stuckey became the third player in Clemson history to account for a touchdown four different ways. He was a quarterback as a freshman and threw two touchdown passes at Wake Forest. He scored on a
touchdown run at South Carolina later that year. Earlier this year
he scored on a punt return against Texas A&M.


Proctor also had a one-yard scoring run.


The only concern for the Tigers was Duke's (1-9, 0-7) suddenly effective passing attack. Blue Devils' freshman quarterback Zack Asack threw for 328 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked once and picked off once, the interception by C.J. Gaddis on the final play of the game.


"We didn't play fundamentally as well as I would have liked all week in practice. We gave up deep balls in practice," said Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning. "We've got some issues. We've just got to keep working."


The Blue Devils have lost seven straight since their lone victory over Division I-AA VMI.


"We had too many early mistakes," said Duke head coach Ted Roof. "That got us in a hole that we couldn't get out of. But you have to credit Clemson. They're a really good team"


Meanwhile, Bowden - while praising Proctor's performance - said Saturday could be a one-shot deal for his backup quarterback.


"If Charlie is healthy, he'll start (against Florida State)," he said. "There's no question about that."

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Duke................  0  3 14  3  - 20
Clemson............. 14 14  7 14  - 49

Scoring Summary:
1st 09:23 CU - Proctor,W 1 yd run (Dean,J kick)
    12 plays, 72 yards, TOP 5:37, DU 0 - CU 7

    00:13 CU - Davis, J 18 yd run (Dean,J kick)
    7 plays, 58 yards, TOP 1:52, DU 0 - CU 14

2nd 12:36 DU - Surgan, J. 34 yd field goal
    10 plays, 62 yards, TOP 2:37, DU 3 - CU 14
   
   05:50 CU - Merriweather,R 19 yd run (Dean,J kick)
    8 plays, 64 yards, TOP 3:29, DU 3 - CU 21
   
    00:07 CU - Stuckey, C 11 yd pass from Proctor,W (Dean,J kick)
    4 plays, 33 yards, TOP 0:25, DU 3 - CU 28

3rd 07:41 DU - Boyle, J. 1 yd run (Surgan, J. kick)
    15 plays, 77 yards, TOP 7:19, DU 10 - CU 28

    05:43 CU - Stuckey, C 40 yd pass from Proctor,W (Dean,J kick)
    4 plays, 51 yards, TOP 1:58, DU 10 - CU 35

    01:59 DU - Riley, E. 66 yd pass from Asack, Z. (Surgan, J. kick)
    1 play, 66 yards, TOP 0:11, DU 17 - CU 35

4th 09:52 CU - Merriweather,R 8 yd run (Dean,J kick)
    4 plays, 49 yards, TOP 1:22, DU 17 - CU 42
    
    02:56 DU - Surgan, J. 49 yd field goal
    4 plays, 4 yards, TOP 0:54, DU 20 - CU 42
    
    00:40 CU - Merriweather,R 12 yd run (Dean,J kick)
    2 plays, 27 yards, TOP 0:39, DU 20 - CU 49

                                    DU       CU

FIRST DOWNS...................       20       24
  Rushing.....................        4       15
  Passing.....................       15        9
  Penalty.....................        1        0
NET YARDS RUSHING.............       79      234
  Rushing Attempts............       28       41
  Average Per Rush............      2.8      5.7
  Yards Gained Rushing........      104      247
  Yards Lost Rushing..........       25       13
NET YARDS PASSING.............      328      216
  Completions-Attempts-Int....  26-43-1  14-24-0
  Average Per Attempt.........      7.6      9.0
  Average Per Completion......     12.6     15.4
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........      407      450
  Total offense plays.........       71       65
  Average Gain Per Play.......      5.7      6.9
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      2-1      1-0
Penalties: Number-Yards.......   11-105     6-43
PUNTS-YARDS...................    5-219    4-158
  Average Yards Per Punt......     43.8     39.5
  Net Yards Per Punt..........     40.0     40.0
  Inside 20...................        2        1
  50+ Yards...................        1        0
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
  Fair catch..................        0        1
KICKOFFS-YARDS................    5-244    8-503
  Average Yards Per Kickoff...     48.8     62.9
  Net Yards Per Kickoff.......     33.8     49.4
  Touchbacks..................        0        2
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD.   2--2-0   4-19-0
  Average Per Return..........     -1.0      4.8
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  6-108-0   5-75-0
  Average Per Return..........     18.0     15.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD..    0-0-0   1-20-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD.    0-0-0    0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards...........        0       31
Possession Time...............    33:05    26:55
  1st Quarter.................     7:31     7:29
  2nd Quarter.................     8:48     6:12
  3rd Quarter.................     9:18     5:42
  4th Quarter.................     7:28     7:32
Third-Down Conversions........  7 of 17  3 of 10
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   1 of 1   2 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      2-2      6-7
Sacks By: Number-Yards........     3-12     2-11
PAT Kicks.....................      2-2      7-7
Field Goals...................      2-3      0-1

Clemson

Rushing         No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
--------------------------------------------
Merriweather,R  18  105    1  104  3 19  5.8
Davis, J         8   85    0   85  1 23 10.6
Proctor,W       11   39    8   31  1 12  2.8
Browning,K       2   12    0   12  0  8  6.0
Stuckey, C       1    6    0    6  0  6  6.0
Harper,C         1    0    4   -4  0  0 -4.0
Totals...       41  247   13  234  5 23  5.7

Passing         Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
--------------------------------------------
Proctor,W         21-13-0   201  2   40    2
Harper,C           2-1-0     15  0   15    1
Chason,C           1-0-0      0  0    0    0
Totals...         24-14-0   216  2   40    3

Receiving        No.  Yds   TD Long
-----------------------------------
Stuckey, C         5  112    2   40
Kelly,A            3   50    0   18
Taylor, R          1   15    0   15
Grisham,T          1   12    0   12
Browning,K         1    9    0    9
Hunter,T           1    8    0    8
Baham,C            1    8    0    8
Harris,L           1    2    0    2
Totals...         14  216    2   40

Punting          No.  Yds   Avg Long In20
-----------------------------------------
Chason,C           4  158  39.5   45    1
Totals...          4  158  39.5   45    1

                  Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns     No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
---------------------------------------------
Stuckey, C       4  19 14  1  22 22  0   0  0
Kelly,A          0   0  0  3  47 22  0   0  0
Grisham,T        0   0  0  1   6  6  0   0  0
Gaddis,C         0   0  0  0   0  0  1  20 20
Totals...        4  19 14  5  75 22  1  20 20

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
Dean,J          4th 13:01  31 yds - Blocked

FUMBLES: Duke-TEAM 1-1; Asack, Z. 1-0. Clemson-Davis, J 1-0.

Duke

Rushing         No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
--------------------------------------------
Boyette, R.      8   30    1   29  0  9  3.6
Asack, Z.       10   41   14   27  0 11  2.7
Boyle, J.        6   21    0   21  1  8  3.5
Drummer, R.      4   12   10    2  0 10  0.5
Totals...       28  104   25   79  1 11  2.8

Passing         Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
--------------------------------------------
Asack, Z.         43-26-1   328  1   66    2
Totals...         43-26-1   328  1   66    2

Receiving        No.  Yds   TD Long
-----------------------------------
Patrick, B.       10  100    0   20
Roland, A.         5   55    0   26
Riley, E.          4  130    1   66
Elliott, R.        4   37    0   13
Boyette, R.        2    6    0    4
Boyle, J.          1    0    0    0
Totals...         26  328    1   66

Punting          No.  Yds   Avg Long In20
-----------------------------------------
Sprague, C.        5  219  43.8   50    2
Totals...          5  219  43.8   50    2

                  Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns     No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
---------------------------------------------
Davis, C.        1   2  2  4  79 23  0   0  0
TEAM             1  -4  0  0   0  0  0   0  0
Drummer, R.      0   0  0  2  29 16  0   0  0
Totals...        2  -2  2  6 108 23  0   0  0

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
Surgan, J.      2nd 12:36  34 yds - Good
Surgan, J.      2nd 00:32  38 yds - Blocked
Surgan, J.      4th 02:56  49 yds - Good

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