GRADES: Tigers Pound Devils

GRADES: Tigers Pound Devils

DURHAM, N.C. – Following each game, every phase of the Clemson team will be given a letter grade. Here are this week's grades following the Tigers' 47-10 victory at Duke Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium.

OFFENSE: B There weren't very many long and sustained drives and the first 29 minutes of the game was pretty woeful. And considering the opposition, the yardage should have been a lot more. Seeing the big run by James Davis was a positive, but it was an average day.

DEFENSE: A- This unit got an interception, a safety, three sacks and held the Blue Devils to 198 yards of total offense. However, after the game, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning said there were still a lot of plays left out on the field, including a couple of interceptions and sacks. It was another solid effort by the defense, which continues to be very good, but also overlooked.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A+ This was without question one best performances by the special teams in a very, very long time. Every field goal attempt was made, punting and kickoff coverage was good, while at the same time having two huge kickoff returns, including one for a touchdown. There zero lapses in any phases. Sounds strange to say that special teams helped win the game.

COACHING: A Bowden's decision to call timeouts just before the end of the first half wound up being the difference in the game. It set up the Tigers scoring 16 points in 39 seconds. After a sluggish start, Clemson found its rhythm and produced the biggest margin victory ever at Duke.

OVERALL: A It was possibly the team's best all-around performance of the year. The only thing to be nit-picky over was Clemson's slow start where it had only 10 points with about a minute remaining until halftime. Also, there weren't very many long and sustained drives. Nonetheless, each phase produced in a major way.

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