Watson TDs lift No. 5 Clemson to 42-36 win over Louisville

James Quick Louisville

This time the sold-out primetime tilt was taking place on a attractive early October night, and no one wanted the evening to end.

After the game, Bobby Petrino said it is time for Louisville to get back to work.

Clemson tallied 507 total yards - 306 passing and 201 rushing - for the best showing of the season. Clemson won 26-7 at home against Georgia Tech on September 22. The first-year starter is having a phenomenal start to the season.

The Cardinals pushed their run to 26-0 by scoring the first 10 points of the fourth quarter by way of a field goal and an 11-yard Jackson scamper into the endzone.

"He made it so hard on us", Boulware told reporters.

"I thought it was a great play", Tankersley said. But instead of trying to run through Clemson defensive back Marcus Edmond, Quick let Edmond force him out of bounds at the three - a yard short of the first down. "We understand that we have to put the work in during the week because anybody can be beaten".

Clemson and Louisville have only played three times, ever, all in the last three seasons since the Cardinals joined the ACC Atlantic. He had an okay four-game stretch in September - nothing startling - but the victory against Louisville has put him on an upward trajectory. Some of us (cough, cough me) got the teams wrong. One thing we wanted to do is take out all the big plays and try to make sure they checked down and then come up and make a play, Tankersley said.

"Their quarterback is arguably the best player in America right now". The Volunteers' divisional hopes appeared to fade after Georgia's Jacob Eason hit Riley Ridley for a 47-yard touchdown strike with 10 seconds left, but Jauan Jennings' Hail Mary reception as time expired gave UT a win and command of the SEC East. They took everything Clemson could dish out in Death Valley and gave as good as they got.

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson speaks following the 42-36 loss to Clemson.

Watson's execution on the drive was ideal. That's when Watson took over by leading the Tigers to two touchdowns, throwing the last of his five TDs to wide-open tight end Jordan Leggett with 3:14 to go for the winning points. Dabo Swinney, 79-27 in seven seasons at Clemson. The game was superb theater, but not exactly a classic example of excellent performance.

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"That fumble, it just kind of hurt me, but I was able to make up for it.", Leggett said.

Clemson turned it over five times, just the fourth time in the Swinney era. Louisville continued their scoring tear going up 36-28, but the Tigers weren't done yet. On a defensive line that's filled with young blue chip talent, Watkins stands out for his experience. "Hurricain" Deon made a leaping catch in the corner of the end zone to cap off a Clemson drive after a turnover. For the season, Barrett has completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 888 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. "I just knew somehow, someway, we'd find a way".

PITTSBURGH - Nate Peterman threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard lob to Jester Weah with 1:04 to go as Pittsburgh avoided a second-half meltdown by outlasting Marshall.

A defeat on the field did not translate to a drop in the Heisman Trophy race for Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. The defense did everything to contain Jackson, and then some. Guillermo also had a key block on Wayne Gallman's 24-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. At the end of the day, you either have the heart or you don't.

The sense of objective that Clemson was able to find on the final play, just before halftime and on that all-important three-and-out powered the Tigers' epic win against Louisville and could end up defining their 2016 season.

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