January 20, 2017

The Making of a Champion: Episode 5

Clemson’s Christian Wilkins (42) works the crowd.  GWINN DAVIS PHOTOS

The players and playmakers that led Clemson to the National Championship.

With Clemson nursing a 13-10 lead into the 4th quarter and their regular season and home winning streaks on the line, the Tigers faced a 3rd and goal from the Troy 1, when Tony Elliott dialed up the Jumbo Package with a twist.  Instead of Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence blocking for Wayne Gallman, a play fake to Gallman led to an easy touchdown pass to Wilkins, who recorded his second reception as a Tiger.  Clemson pushes the lead to 20-10 with 13:50 to play.

 

Previous Episodes:

Episode 1 – Hunter Renfrow makes leaping catch to extend lead vs. Auburn

Episode 2 – Ben Boulware steps in front of Sean White Pass at the goal line

Episode 3 – Jadar Johnson knocks down Auburn’s last gasp

Episode 4 – Hunter Renfrow makes another spectacular touchdown catch

The Making of a Champion: Episode 4

GWINN DAVIS PHOTOS

The players and playmakers that led Clemson to the National Championship.

With the Troy game tied at 3 early in the second quarter the Tigers faced a 3rd and 11 from the Trojan 35. With pressure coming from the middle, Watson rolls right and throw a pass that no one could catch – no one but Hunter Renfrow.  The result was a touchdown that even the State Trooper loved and a 10-3 lead for the Tigers.

Previous Episodes:

Episode 1 – Hunter Renfrow makes leaping catch to extend lead vs. Auburn

Episode 2 – Ben Boulware steps in front of Sean White Pass at the goal line

Episode 3 – Jadar Johnson knocks down Auburn’s last gasp

The Making of a Champion: Episode 3

GWINN DAVIS

The players and playmakers that led Clemson to the National Championship.

Clemson nursed a 19-13 lead with 6 seconds to go as Auburn had worked it’s way to the Tiger 40.  With time for one play, Auburn quarterback Sean White rolled right and heaved the ball toward the end zone right as Christian Wilkins mashed him. Multiple Auburn receivers were in the area and Auburn fans were hoping for a miracle finish. Jadar Johnson, who at one point wondered if he was good enough to play at Clemson batted the pass down and Clemson was 1-0.

Previously in this series:

Episode 1 – Hunter Renfrow makes leaping catch to extend lead vs. Auburn

Episode 2 – Ben Boulware steps in front of Sean White Pass at the goal line

The Making of a Champion: Episode 2

The plays and playmakers that led Clemson to the National Championship.

An incredible catch by Hunter Renfrow staked Clemson to a 19-6 lead with 9:59 to go in the 4th quarter, but Auburn wasn’t done.  The Auburn Tigers drove to the Clemson 8 where they faced a 4th and goal.  Sean White fired and Ben Boulware stepped in front.

Previously:

Episode 1 – Hunter Renfrow makes leaping catch to extend lead vs. Auburn

You’re Gonna Miss This

Hard to believe right now, but you’re gonna mss this….these are some good times…so take a good look around…

The Making of a Champion: Episode 1

GWINN DAVIS

The plays and playmakers that led Clemson to the National Championship.

Hunter Renfrow’s first touchdown of the season was a beauty.  Clemson opened the season at Auburn and faced a 3rd and goal from the Auburn 16 early in the 4th quarter of a one score game when Deshaun Watson lofted a pass that only Renfrow could catch. And catch it he did.  With 9:59 to go in the 4th quarter on the road this stretched Clemson’s lead to 19-6.

Deshaun Watson Under Pressure – National Championship & Season Totals

Deshaun Watson under pressure vs. Alabama.

“Called Passes” = Passes, plus sacks, plus scrambles.

Watson under pressure for 2016 season.

We Will Rock You

GWINN DAVIS

A video look at some of the sacks and hits by the 2016 Clemson defense.

Deshaun Watson by Distance – 2016 Complete

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson by distance of pass for the 2016 season.

Swinney’s Record by Team and Conference

GWINN DAVIS

Updated to include Ohio State and Alabama games.

After beginning 19-15, Swinney has gone 70-13 in the last 6 years, including 3 ACC Championships and 1 National Championship.

  • Conference records indicate where the team was playing at the time the game was played.  For example, TCU was in the Mountain West and West Virginia in the Big East.