Originally created 10/01/00

Clemson notebook



DURHAM, N.C. -- Clemson celebrated an unprecedented milestone on Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium with Sports Information Director emeritus Bob Bradley working his 500th consecutive football game.

The 75-year-old began his career on Oct. 20, 1955 and has served Clemson in an emeritus capacity since 1989.

"As long as I can keep going, I'm going to keep going," said Bradley, who was honored in the press box before Saturday's game. "It's like Coach (Frank) Howard said when he retired. He said if you go home and just sit there, you're going to be put six feet under pretty soon. And I don't want none of that stuff right now."

Bradley learned three years ago that he had cancer, but he hasn't let that stop his streak.

"I don't know whether it's soaked in or not," Bradley said of his milestone. "I've just enjoyed being around players. Bobby Robinson, our athletic director, was determined that I was going to get to this 500th game if they had to bring me in on a stretcher."

LEARNING FROM THE BEST: When frustrated with his offense, Florida coach Steve Spurrier often times will toss his visor. On Saturday, one of Spurrier's former assistant coaches was caught pulling the same act.

Duke head coach Carl Franks, an assistant under Spurrier at both Duke and Florida, tossed his cap some 10 yards down the sideline after his receivers dropped several passes during the second quarter.

QUICK WORK: All five of Clemson's scoring drives in the first half took less than 2' minutes, with three consuming less than one minute. Only two of the Tigers' scoring drives took more than 2' minutes.

The most impressive was a 13-play, 93-yard drive early in the third quarter that gave Clemson a 42-2 lead.

NOT THIS TIME: The last time Clemson had a chance to start the season 5-0 was in 1989, but those plans were derailed when Duke beat the Tigers 21-17 in Durham.

Coincidentally, the Tigers also were ranked No. 7 entering that game which, like Saturday's, was played on Sept. 30.

HIGHLIGHT REEL: It's a safe bet quarterback Woody Dantzler's 34-yard touchdown run in the second quarter will be showed over and over again on the highlight tapes.

On first down from the Duke 34, Dantzler dashed up the middle, then shook himself loose from Duke defensive back Kenneth Stanford's grasp around the 30-yard line. Before he reached the end zone, Dantzler ran over cornerback Ronnie Hamilton. Dantzler finished with 134 yards rushing and threw for 174 and a score.