CLEMSON, S.C. - It took a while, but Clemson finally has found some consistency.
There was no letdown from a 26-10 upset of Florida State as the Tigers beat Duke 40-7 on Saturday.
"This is a huge bit of momentum," quarterback Charlie Whitehurst said, chuckling a little. "It is our 11th game. We should have figured it out by now."
The sophomore was 27-for-40 for 331 yards and three touchdowns. The victory means Clemson can finish second in the conference and no worse than third.
"This season is ending up pretty good," said Justin Miller, who had a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown and an interception.
Duke drove into Clemson territory after the opening kickoff but was forced to punt. Clemson then went on an 80-yard drive capped by a 31-yard catch by Derrick Hamilton. Senterrio Landrum fumbled the ensuing kickoff. On the next play, Whitehurst flipped the ball to Hamilton at about the line of scrimmage, and he turned it into a 25-yard touchdown and 14-0 lead.
Duke managed just one first down for the rest of the half and didn't reach Clemson territory until late in the third quarter.
GA. TECH 41, UNC 24: P.J. Daniels ran for a career-high 240 yards to help the host Yellow Jackets become bowl eligible. Daniels' total was the second best in school history, trailing only the 356 by Eddie Lee Ivery in 1978.
In the third, Georgia Tech drove 81 yards on 17 plays (all but two on the ground), capped by Dan Burnett's 31-yard field goal for a 20-17 lead.
The Tar Heels then drove deep into Yellow Jackets territory, but Jacque Lewis fumbled after a catch. Daniels gained 52 yards on the ensuing possession, which was capped by a 26-yard pass from receiver Jonathan Smith to Nate Curry for a 27-17 lead.
UCONN 51, WAKE FOREST 17: Cornell Brockington rushed for 182 yards and four touchdowns for the visiting Huskies, who closed the regular season with five wins.
Dan Orlovsky found O'Neil Wilson for 55 yards 17 seconds into the game and Brandon Young for 17 yards on the next drive for a 14-0 lead 4:24 into the game. It became 21-0 when Brockington skipped over one tackler and spun free from another for a 50-yard run.