Clemson just capped off one of the best season’s in school history en route to a 14-1 record with an ACC Championship, Orange Bowl win, & a berth in the national championship game. In this feature we’ll take a look back at the Top 20 plays from the memorable season starting with #15 through #11…
#15. Jayron Kearse destroys the Georgia Tech triple option
Despite the shaky finish to his season, Kearse played like a man on a mission in the first few games. This hit to thwart Paul Johnson’s triple option will go down as one of the highlights of his career and the 2015 season as well. It will be interesting to see if Kearse can bring this type tenacity to Minnesota on Sundays.
#14. Carlos Watkins registers a fat guy touchdown against App State
Not much to say about this play other than it’s flat out awesome. Venables makes the perfect play call here as you can see Watkins drop back into coverage to be able to make the interception on a quick slant. Once Watkins had the ball in his hands he channeled his inner Deshaun Watson en route to the endzone.
#13. Deon Cain silences the Williams-Brice crowd with a long touchdown grab
Obviously this is a great snag by Cain down the sidelines, but can we talk about the throw from #4 first. He launches that ball from his own 37 yard line all the way to South Carolina’s 12 yard line. That’s 51 yards in the air and on the money. Goodness this kid is special. Just great body positioning to shield off the defender by Cain on the fly route as well. Clemson fans are hoping to see a lot more of this connection in the Fall.
#12. Eric Mac Lain plants a trash talking Oklahoma lineman on his rear
So there’s a little backstory to this clip which is why it’s this high in the rankings. Leading up to the Orange Bowl the Sooners star defensive end Charles Tapper (see below) was asked if any of Clemson’s offensive linemen stood out to him. He responded with a casual “not really.” Fast forward a couple days later, and it’s safe to say he would probably answer differently if he was asked the same question after the game. Mac Lain surely made him eat his words on this play. The little love tap on the helmet is icing on the cake as well.
#11. Artavis Scott brushes off two Irish defenders for the score
This play is a perfect example of one guy having more “want to” than his opponents. Scott isn’t known for his size or speed, but his physicality and football instincts cannot be questioned. This score put Clemson off to a roaring start in the Death Valley downpour. It also ended up giving Clemson the necessary cushion to survive Notre Dame’s furious 4th quarter comeback.
See the previous top plays here: