CLEMSON, S.C. – This wasn’t his Heisman Trophy moment, not in a game in which he threw three interceptions and suffered through a miserable third quarter as his team watched an 18-point halftime lead slip away.
This wasn’t Deshaun Watson at his finest, but it was a reminder of why he’s still the best quarterback in the country.
Down eight points midway through the fourth quarter, Watson engineered back-to-back touchdown drives to keep Clemson’s playoff hopes alive and hand Louisville its first loss of the year, 42-36.
In a game of massive swings, Watson’s finish was calm, cool, collected.
Mere moments after the life had been sucked out of Death Valley, the crowd in stunned silence as Lamar Jackson scampered into the end zone to give Louisville an eight-point lead, Watson hit Mike Williams for a 20-yard touchdown.
Watson spent the entire offseason lauded as the Heisman favorite, but this game wasn’t about proving his case.
Watson still couldn’t quite connect on the long balls to receivers downfield.
So Clemson marches on, its 11th straight ACC win and 18th straight in the regular season.
If t’s no Heisman Trophy added to the case at season’s end, that won’t matter much to Watson.