Saturday's game against Clemson marks the second straight home night game for Duke. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
DURHAM—For the first time in the history of the Duke vs. Clemson series, the kickoff will come at night. Speaking of history, here is a trip down memory lane as we await the 7 p.m. start time:
*On September 30, 1989, Duke faced a 1-3 record and was given a one in a million chance of winning by then-head coach Steve Spurrier, but the Blue Devils rallied for a 21-17 win over No. 7 Clemson, for the ﬁrst of seven consecutive wins en route to the ACC title. Billy Ray’s seven-yard touchdown pass to Chris Brown with 3:18 remaining in the game proves to be the difference. Duke would go on to defeat Army, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, N.C. State and North Carolina to close the regular season.
*On November 30, 1991, Clemson and Duke played in front of 50,000 spectators at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, with the Tigers posting a 33-21 win thanks to 391 rushing yards and a 26-point fourth quarter.
*On November 8, 1997, the Blue Devils and Tigers played the ﬁrst overtime game involving two ACC schools. Clemson won the contest, 29-20, and the nine-point difference (thanks to a Clemson field goal and then pick six) still stands as the largest point difference in an overtime game in ACC history.
*On November 13, 2004, Duke K Matt Brooks booted a 53-yard ﬁeld goal to lift the Blue Devils to a 16-13 home win over Clemson. The win is one of two in Duke history that the Blue Devils won on the ﬁnal snap from scrimmage, joined only by a 30-28 victory over Maryland on October 5, 1968 when David Pugh connected on a 27-yard ﬁeld goal.
*On November 3, 2012, Laura Keeley wrote this game preview and gave this prediction for the lastest edition of Duke vs. Clemson