Riley Leonard helps Duke stun No. 9 Clemson in lopsided ACC opener

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Riley Leonard broke unfastened from a tackler and sprinted to the open for a 44-yard landing that highlighted Duke’s powerful and bodily efficiency that shocked ninth-ranked Clemson 28-7 in Monday night time’s season opener for each groups.

Jaquez Moore added a 9-yard scoring run by beating a number of defenders to the close to pylon on the precise facet within the fourth quarter for the Blue Devils (1-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Convention), giving them an sudden two-touchdown lead in a recreation they largely managed regardless of quite a few miscues.

That’s as a result of Duke thrice held up after Clemson had pushed contained in the 10-yard line — even to the 1 on two of these possessions — to carry the Tigers scoreless. The Blue Devils blocked two area targets and twice compelled fumbles in these vital near-the-goal-line moments. They usually made Clemson work to maneuver the chains as an alternative of transferring the ball in chunks underneath new offensive coordinator Garrett Riley.

In brief, the Blue Devils made the preseason ACC favourite look very, very atypical en path to beating the Tigers (0-1, 0-1) for the primary time since 2004.

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