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Sunday, November 16, 2008
Duke's offense takes a hit: Remarks from Cutcliffe

By staff

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis is day-to-day with an injured foot, and running back Clifford Harris -- the team's leading rusher -- broke his arm and will undergo further evaluation on Monday.

Both of these are obviously big setbacks for the Blue Devils as Lewis and Harris are vital to the offense. Harris had a team-high 345 yards and three touchdowns on 98 carries and Lewis is No. 3 in the ACC in passing average per game with 189.3 yards.

Coach David Cutcliffe did not have his weekly Sunday teleconference, but issued these two statements:

On Duke injuries

"The early evaluation of Thaddeus [Lewis] indicates no broken bones in his foot. He is day-to-day. As we have all season, we'll move forward in preparing Zack Asack to run our offense. Clifford Harris suffered a broken arm and will undergo further evaluation on Monday."

On the Duke-Clemson game

"We chart what we call 'explosives,' which are running plays of 10 or more yards and pass completions of 16 or more yards. Yesterday, Clemson had nine 'explosives' compared to our three, and all nine of their big plays contributed directly to their 31 points. First downs, third-down efficiency and time of possession also played key roles in Clemson's success. It was obvious that our defense wore down. We played hard, but just didn't have enough big plays or consistency throughout the course of the game."