Tigers win ACC title, face Sooners in Orange Bowl

clemfoot-acccelebrateThe top-ranked Clemson Tigers gave an ACC Championship Game record crowd of 74,514 a show on Saturday at Bank of America Stadium. Behind the dual-threat capabilities of quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Tigers won 45-37 and moved to 13-0 on the season and secured the program’s 15th ACC Championship in its history.

Clemson, the only remaining unbeaten team in the FBS, retained the No. 1 spot in the committee’s rankings Sunday. The Tigers, seeking their first national title since 1981, will face No. 4 Oklahoma on Dec. 31 in a CFP semifinal in the Orange Bowl.

Alabama, which won its second consecutive SEC championship Saturday with a 29-15 win over against Florida, finished No. 2 in the committee’s final rankings. The Crimson Tide will face No. 3 Michigan State on Dec. 31 in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

The lead held at 12 midway through the fourth quarter when defensive end Shaq Lawson came up with a huge forced fumble and sack that gave the Tigers possession. After tacking on a field goal, Clemson receiver and former Socastee standout Hunter Renfrow recovered an onside kick after the Tar Heels cut the deficit to eight points.

Watson was masterful and was named the Most Valuable Player after totaling 420 yards of total offense, an ACC Championship Game record. He accounted for five touchdowns in all, three through the air and two on the ground. Wayne Gallman rushed for 187 yards, putting him just 13 yards shy of the single-season rushing record of 1,345 set by Raymond Priester in 1996.

The Tigers amassed 608 yards of total offense and 33 first downs Saturday. The Tigers rushed for 319 and passed for 289. Defensively, UNC took advantage of short fields in the first half and finished just 12-35 passing as a team.

North Carolina held a 9-7 lead after the first quarter. T.J. Logan escaped the backfield and was left all alone for a 46-yard catch and run for a score. His score came after the Tigers had taken a 7-3 lead, also on an easy pitch-and-catch from Watson to Gallman.

Watson flipped some bad field position to open the second frame. He directed a 12-play, 96-yard drive that ended with his nine-yard rushing touchdown, his 10th on the ground this season. Deon Cain converted a key fourth down to keep the drive alive just past midfield. But UNC had an answer after Clemson failed to convert a fake punt deep in its own territory. Marquise Williams found Ryan Switzer in the end zone to put the Heels up 16-14.

Somehow, despite seven penalties including a targeting call that forced the ejection of safety T.J. Green, Clemson managed a halftime advantage of 21-16. After the defense forced the Heels to a three-and-out, Watson’s arm took over. He led the Tigers on a march downfield, converting a key third down to tight end Jordan Leggett. The two then hooked up with two seconds left before halftime on a jump pass from Watson, Leggett’s seventh score of 2015.

The Tigers came out inspired in the second half, sparked by Cordrea Tankersley’s fifth interception. His takeaway turned into points on a Gallman touchdown run. Clemson added on its next possession on a double move and tremendous catch on a 35-yard pass from Watson to Artavis Scott. His touchdown made it 35-16 in Clemson’s favor.

Clemson now awaits word from the College Football Playoff Committee on its seeding. The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in every poll so far by the committee, will find out their destination and opponent Sunday at 12 p.m. on ESPN’s selection show.

– Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

Comments

comments

Native son Drew Brophy returns for art retrospective

Native son Drew Brophy returns for art retrospectiveThe Myrtle Beach Art museum drew over a thousand folks [more]

Drew turns softball skills into memorable summer

Drew turns softball skills into memorable summerOlivia Drew was crying, and her mother, Brittany Drew, was [more]

Pelicans limited to one hit as offensive woes continue

Pelicans limited to one hit as offensive woes continueAlex Lange fired six excellent innings Thursday, but the Myrtle [more]

All-County Track & Field: Second shots strike silver

All-County Track & Field: Second shots strike silverThe frontrunners in this year's My Horry News All-County Girls [more]

Mutiny gives Strand fans small taste of World Cup

Mutiny gives Strand fans small taste of World CupAmerican soccer fans don't have a rooting interest in this [more]

Pelicans open second half with eye on playoff streak

Pelicans open second half with eye on playoff streakThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans begin the second half of the [more]

Pelicans help propel South to victory in All-Star Game

Pelicans help propel South to victory in All-Star GameA pair of Myrtle Beach Pelicans played key roles in [more]

NMB's Ballard, MB's Coble reconnect at North-South

NMB's Ballard, MB's Coble reconnect at North-SouthA pair of former teammates and rivals joined forces for [more]

Pelicans fail to finish .500 after losing first-half finale

Pelicans fail to finish .500 after losing first-half finaleThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans dropped their final game of the [more]

CCU's Biermann, Lancaster make All-American squad

CCU's Biermann, Lancaster make All-American squadCoastal Carolina shortstop Seth Lancaster and designated hitter Zach Biermann [more]

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny The Myrtle Beach Mutiny needed a wake-up call late Saturday [more]

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale today

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale todayAfter the Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell 2-1 to the Carolina [more]

Pelicans lose fifth straight, play doubleheader today

Pelicans lose fifth straight, play doubleheader todayVictor Diaz's seven strong innings for the Carolina Mudcats were [more]

All-County Boys Tennis: Johnson, MB duo top list

All-County Boys Tennis: Johnson, MB duo top listThe future looks bright for the sport of high school [more]

Hess carves his way to Team USA surfing nod

Hess carves his way to Team USA surfing nodCarter Hess carved his way to a spot on the [more]

Pelicans' bullpen spoils Thompson's perfect start

Pelicans' bullpen spoils Thompson's perfect startAfter Keegan Thompson was removed following seven perfect innings for [more]

Piggot feasts, scores four goals to lead Mutiny win

Piggot feasts, scores four goals to lead Mutiny winThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny rolled to a 6-0 victory over [more]

CCU trio makes all-region; Lancaster an All-American

CCU trio makes all-region; Lancaster an All-AmericanCoastal Carolina shortstop Seth Lancaster was named to the Perfect [more]

Braves' icons Avery, Jones to appear at Pelicans game

Braves' icons Avery, Jones to appear at Pelicans gameThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans will welcome former MLB All-Stars and [more]

Coastal guard Labinowicz announces plan to transfer

Coastal guard Labinowicz announces plan to transferCoastal Carolina University men's basketball player Artur Labinowicz plans to [more]

Report: Myrtle Beach Bowl 'near lock' for 2020 kickoff

Report: Myrtle Beach Bowl 'near lock' for 2020 kickoffIn yet another development in the Grand Strand's booming sports [more]

Adaptive surfers depart for US Surfing Championship

Adaptive surfers depart for US Surfing ChampionshipLocal surfers, volunteers, and family members gathered at the Charleston [more]

All-County Boys Golf: MB's Jarman trades bat for club

All-County Boys Golf: MB's Jarman trades bat for clubIf things had worked out differently, Myrtle Beach High senior [more]

Gamecocks' season ends one win shy of Omaha

Gamecocks' season ends one win shy of OmahaThe University of South Carolina baseball team saw its season [more]

Pelicans' Ademan, Pereda, Peyton make all-star team

Pelicans' Ademan, Pereda, Peyton make all-star teamMyrtle Beach catcher Jhonny Pereda, right-hander Tyler Peyton and infielder [more]

Native son Drew Brophy returns for art retrospective

Native son Drew Brophy returns for art retrospectiveThe Myrtle Beach Art museum drew over a thousand folks [more]

Drew turns softball skills into memorable summer

Drew turns softball skills into memorable summerOlivia Drew was crying, and her mother, Brittany Drew, was [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach