DURHAM, N.C. – Chad Morris had every reason to be satisfied Saturday night. His Clemson offense put together one of the best efforts in program history, piling up 719 yards of total offense in a 56-20 win over Duke. The Tigers racked up the second-best offensive effort in CU history, 37 yards behind the 756 Clemson put up in 1981’s 82-24 win over Wake Forest. Clemson didn’t punt until nine minutes remained in the game and thoroughly dominated the Blue Devils’ defense.
Morris shared his thoughts with reporters afterward.
On the offensive line and run game: “I guess it was Tuesday, Wednesday, we felt like we were a little lethargic, and I told the offensive line, told those guys, we were going to put it on them. We were going to run the football and we were going to run the football. I’m glad to see we did that and not only those guys but the next group who came in.”
On backup tailbacks DJ Howard and Rod McDowell: “I thought they did a good job with it. Andre (Ellington) goes down the first play and we feel like he should be back, will be back. But DJ and Hot Rod did a great job. Zac Brooks did a great job. I was glad to see Zac Brooks do a great job and step in. Really do a good job in pass protection which was a big concern.”
On 700 yards of total offense: “I knew we were getting close. I didn’t know what it was. We’re excited about the way we executed and the way Tajh played. We knew we were going to have to take some chances and we were effective to hit on some of our shots. That’s one of the things I can really emphasize about November, making it a November to remember. It started tonight. So I was excited.”
On scoring on five straight possessions to open the game: “That’s really a credit to those guys who’ve bought in since day one when we got here. Trying to sell the fast pace, the no-huddle, being the most explosive offense in the country every day. We talk about it every day. And those guys have to buy into a theory, a philosophy and what we do. To see that and watch these guys execute and grow with this offense, it starts with him.. it was a great step. This is something we pushed hard for this week, to put another dominating performance together.”