Williams key factor in overtime win

Oct 15, 2016; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams (7) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the first half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson saw its entire season flash before its eyes as NC State’s kicker Kyle Bambard went wide right on the last play of regulation on Saturday, giving the No. 3 Tigers the chance they needed to eventually capture a 24-17 victory.

Wide receiver Mike Williams had one of his best games to date. Catching a career-high 12 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Deshaun Watson relied heavily on Williams all day, especially in overtime where he hit him for what looked to be a first down, but was ruled down just inches shy of the sticks.

“I thought that I had it but it is what it is…we got the win though,” said Williams afterwards.

Although he committed one of Clemson’s four turnovers, the junior said the team is just happy to come out of the game with a win.

“We accomplished our goal,” said Williams. “We wanted to come out with a win and we did, so it’s all good.”

After an emotionally draining and nail biting win, Williams was ecstatic about his roommate, Marcus Edmond, intercepting NC State quarterback Ryan Finley in the end zone to secure the win.

“I was really hyped for him,” said Williams. “A lot of people don’t know Ed when they see him…I’m going to get the attention on him a little bit though.”

After the interception, the entire team dog piled onto Edmond, capping off another memorable win in Death Valley.

“That’s got to be the first time that I’ve seen everybody that excited,” Williams said.

Unfortunately for Williams, his past experience with a dog pile celebration is not a good one.

“I didn’t jump on the pile. The last time I did that in high school I got hurt. I didn’t want to experience that again,” he said.

With the season inching closer to the end, and wear and tear beginning to show, the Tigers receive a much deserved bye week before heading to Tallahassee, Florida to take on No. 14 Florida State on Oct. 29.


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

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