Clemson lost quarterback Deshaun Watson in the first quarter of Saturday’s thrilling 23-17 victory over Louisville. Lucky for the Tigers they still had defensive tackle DeShawn Williams around in the fourth quarter.
Williams deflected Will Gardner’s fourth down pass from the Clemson 2 with :21 to play to save the Tigers’ bacon. The play was one the Tigers had prepared for because Bobby Petrino used it last season at Western Kentucky. It was the fourth pass break up of Williams’ career.
The fact a defensive play won the game for Clemson was appropriate because with Watson out with a broken finger suffered in the first quarter, the defense and special teams had to come thru in a big way.
Here’s the game recap from Death Valley: