DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Charlie Whitehurst threw for three of his four touchdowns in a wild fourth quarter to rally Clemson to a 34-31 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Duke.
Aaron Hunt's 21-yard field goal with eight seconds left was the difference for Clemson (5-4, 3-3 ACC), which trailed by 14 points in the final period. Whitehurst engineered the game-winning eight-play, 56-yard drive after a 37-yard kickoff return by Justin Miller.
Duke (2-8, 0-6), which lost its 23rd straight conference game, took a 17-10 lead into the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils extended their lead to 24-10 when Adam Smith threw for a 55-yard score to Khary Smith with 11:11 remaining.
Whitehurst answered 57 seconds later with a 47-yard TD strike to Airese Currie to slice the deficit in half. Clemson got back the ball and Whitehurst tied it with a 49-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Hamilton.
The Tigers grabbed a 31-24 lead when Whitehurst found J.J. McKelvey for a 14-yard touchdown with just over six minutes remaining. But the Blue Devils capitalized on a fumble by Whitehurst and forged the game's final tie on a 23-yard TD pass from Smith to tight end Andy Roland with 2:36 left.
Whitehurst completed 34-of-52 passes for 420 yards, setting school records for completions and yardage. His four TD passes matched a Clemson record.
Smith was 23-of-44 for 290 yards and three scores. Sharpe had five receptions for 122 yards to lead Duke, which lost its fifth straight overall.