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Clausen is 7 of 15 for 59 yards and one interception in two brief stints this season. Clausen said he was “surprised” when Fox told him Monday morning he was taking over.

“It’s exciting,” Clausen said, “but at the same time it’s time to get to work now.”

Clausen was greeted with cheers when he replaced Moore early in the fourth quarter Sunday. He quickly matched Moore in completed passes on his first drive, but it ended with running back Jonathan Stewart being stopped short on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Clausen was intercepted by Aqib Talib later in the game on a deflected pass.

Clausen, groomed for this since he was setting high school records, is now charged with jump-starting a stagnant offense on a winless team with no experienced receiver after Steve Smith.

“Somehow or another we have to gain some confidence in the passing game,” Fox said. “We’ll see if this works.”