In a memorable fourth quarter that saw the lead change hands three times in the 5:30, Clemson defeated the Seminoles 37-34.
All Everything QB DeShaun Watson led the eventual game winning TD drive and hit WR Jordan Leggett with a spectacular effort after the catch, where he leaped off balance into the end zone for the winning margin.
In less than a minute, Clemson marches down the field to retake the lead! pic.twitter.com/yNKQmaGZax
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For his part, Watson finished with 378 yards passing, 2 TD’s and 2 Int’s. Most importantly, he led the two biggest scoring drives the Tigers needed, when they needed them.
Noles RB Dalvin Cook single handedly kept Florida State in the game with two long TD runs of 43 and 70 yards in the third quarter. He then capped off the Noles go ahead scoring drive with his fourth rushing TD with just over three minutes left. Cook finished with 169 yards rushing on the night.
With the win, Clemson is 9-0 and assures itself of being ranked (likely 2) in the top four of the upcoming initial College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night. Bigger than that, Clemson has only to beat Syracuse and Pitt at home and Wake Forest on the road (they will be heavily favored in all of those) to make the ACC Title game.
With the loss FSU is now 5-3 and 2-3 in the ACC. The Noles only lost three total ACC games in the previous three seasons.