COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Deshaun Watson ran for three touchdowns and passed for a fourth as No. 1 Clemson capped an undefeated regular season by holding off rival South Carolina 37-32 on Saturday.
Watson passed for 279 yards and ran for 114 to keep the Tigers on track for a spot in the College Football Playoff – and moved their record to 12-0 for the first time since their 1981 national championship winning season.
Before the game, the USC and Clemson bands played together to honor the nine victims of the shootings at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
The shooting victims’ names were read on the public address system at Williams Brice Stadium.
Next up is No. 11 North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game on Dec. 5. Win that one and it’s off to the national semifinals. South Carolina finished the season at 3-9.
As long as Watson’s around, the Tigers’ title chances are pretty good.
The Heisman Trophy hopeful had a 5-yard TD run and a 55-yard scoring pass to Deon Cain to put the Tigers up 14-0 lead. He added 30 and 3-yard touchdown runs in the second half.