Time Warner Cable (from whom I legally receive cable) was a special sponsor of the game, and as we walked in, Big Daddy and I saw a costumed Fred Flintstone walking around. I took it as a good omen that we would knock Clemson back into the stone ages. Instead, it just meant we would be rocked. (Rimshot). Anyway, Scooby Doo was also there, but we never saw him. Scooby, Dooby Doo, where are you? Apparently hiding where Duke's offense went. Right off the bat, Thad had his patented first-drive deep strike to Riley. He made a spectacular one-handed grab down the left sideline, setting up an easy touchdown and 7-0 lead. **At this point I might as well mention that today I openly wondered if Thad is as Rad as advertised, or is it more Eron Riley is a true stud.**
Things were stable for awhile, and with about three minutes to go, we were down 10-7 with the ball. Unfortunately we had a 3-and-out and ate up no clock, giving Clemson a chance to extend its halftime lead. A deep strike set up a touchdown, and we're down 17-7 with a minute left. Two lame runs, and two Clemson timeouts later, we're third and 10. Thad gets sacked for a safety and it's 19-7. I tell Big Daddy, "Well, at least it's a lot tougher for them to score the quick touchdown." Oops. They return the kickoff to cap a 39 second stretch in which they score 16 points. Amazing.
Things pretty much progressed that way after the half, and when all was said and done, Duke lost 47-10. No phase of the game went well for Duke, but special teams stood out as especially horrid (though we managed to kick a field goal!) Were the Devils looking ahead to South Bend? Almost certainly. On a side note, there was an army of Tiger chlldren sitting behind us, and they began playing "Would you rather?" You know the game, where you ask things like, "Would you rather have an unwashed Bea Arthur lick honey off your chest or drink Weitao's urine?" But these kids played the game to insult Duke. The two best ones were, "Would you rather be a Duke fan or play golf?" and then "Would you rather go to GoDuke.com or
Oh, and if you needed more reason to hate the Bowden family, here's what Tommy said about our beloved Wallace Wade Stadium after the game... "This place will lull you to sleep a little bit, and history indicates that. We made them real aware of the history up here, and how tough it is to play."