Instant Replay: Clemson 42, Louisville 36

Oct 1, 2016; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tucker Israel (10) reacts after getting a sack during the third quarter against the Louisville Cardinals at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Third-ranked Clemson defeated fourth-ranked Louisville 42-36 during the most exciting game of Clemson’s season. Marcus Edmond made a game-winning stop on fourth-and-12 from the Clemson 15 that sealed the Tigers’ win. Here’s a look back at how Clemson earned the victory.

What happened?

Clemson’s offense was hot in the first half going into halftime with a 28-10 lead over Louisville, thanks to four second-quarter touchdowns. The third-quarter looked a little different for the Tigers as they were not able to put any points on the board as Louisville made a run making it only a two-point game going into the fourth quarter.

As the nail biter continued in the 4th quarter, Louisville scored giving them a 28-36 lead over Clemson. The Tigers responded with a 20-yard pass from Deshaun Watson to Mike Williams followed by a 31-yard pass by Watson to tight end Jordan Leggett to help the Tigers regain the lead. As Louisville made their final run, Marcus Edmond made a game-changing stop on fourth-and-12 from the Clemson 15 that sealed the Tigers’ win.

What went right?

Deshaun Watson came out of his shell and directed the Tigers on two fourth-quarter drives to win the game. He threw touchdown passes of 20-yards to Mike Williams and 31 yards to Jordan Leggett in leading the Tigers to the dramatic come-from-behind win.

What went wrong?

The five turnovers.

 Game-changing moment?

Right after Louisville scored with 7:52 left in the fourth quarter to extend its lead to 36-28, Artavis Scott’s 77-yard kick return gave the Tigers a first down at the Louisville 23-yard line. Two plays later, Watson found Mike Williams for a 20-yard touchdown that cut the lead to two point with 7:05 to play in the game.

Photo Credit Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

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