After throwing for 405 yards and four touchdowns in last year’s College Football Playoff Championship Game against Alabama, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson led Clemson to a comeback that culminated in the program’s second national title. Clemson won by the final score of 35-31, with Watson’s pass to Hunter Renfrow with one second remaining deciding the outcome.
Watson has thrown for 420 yards and three touchdowns on the night, completing 36 of his 56 pass attempts. It was tougher to get things going on the ground, as he’s rushed for 43 yards on 21 attempts. Watson scored Clemson’s first touchdown of the game, rushing for an eight-yard score in the second quarter.
Watson also has one punt for 38 yards, with the punt being downed at the 5-yard line. Watson threw his first touchdown pass of the game with 7:10 remaining in the third quarter, as he found Hunter Renfrow for a 24-yard score. Watson threw his second touchdown pass of the game one minute into the fourth quarter, hitting Mike Williams on a fade route in the right corner of the end zone.
Watson hit Mike Williams for a 26-yard pass, which when combined with an Alabama personal foul moved Clemson to the Crimson Tide 16-yard line with 5:32 remaining in the game. Watson’s third and final touchdown pass came with one second remaining, as he found Renfrow on the right side of the field.