When Deshaun Watson threw his game-winning 34-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Leggett in the final minutes of Saturday’s victory at No. 19 Florida State, it marked the fifth time this year No. 3 Clemson won a game by six points or less. It was also the third time this year the Tigers scored the game-winner in the final three minutes or overtime.
Clemson’s ability to come-from-behind and win games, especially when it comes to getting it done in the fourth quarter has taken the notice of at least one Hall of Fame head coach, former Baylor head coach Grant Teaff, who visited the coaching staff last week.
Teaff told the Clemson coaches he noticed, no matter the situation how their players have a belief they can come back and win any game.
“‘The thing I really notice about your guys is that it is one thing to get in a situation in the fourth quarter and have a big drive and hope that you can get it done. It is another thing to know that you can do it because you have done it before,’” Scott said while recalling Grant’s conversation. “Just having that in the back of your mind is very powerful and strong for you the rest of the year.’
“That’s exactly what I was thinking about after the game, exactly how pretty prophetic that was for Saturday’s game. There is a lot of confidence. Obviously, with everything on the line, the game on the line, and all of that, it was amazing just watching those guys go execute, no panic. It is kind of like we have done this before because we have done this before.”
Clemson (8-0, 5-0 ACC) drove the football 75 yards in five plays for the winning touchdown against Florida State, and made it look easy while dong it. Watson and Leggett hooked up for times on the drive for 70 of the 75 yards.
“Really, the only thing we said in the huddle is that when we score, we are going for two. Then we just called plays and went,” Scott said. “There was no doubt looking in those guys’ eyes, we were going to go score. It may have happened a little faster than we all thought it was going to happen with a couple of plays.”
By the way, the Tigers did get the two points as Watson found wide receiver Mike Williams in the back of the end zone.
Not counting the two points, Watson was 3-for-4 on the final drive. He completed 7-of-11 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“There is no one else in the country we want leading that team than Deshaun Watson,” Scott said. “He has faith and trust in his guys out there and they have the same faith and trust in him. It was very well executed.”
Scott said there is a lot of wisdom in what Teaff told the Clemson coaches.
“I have watched college football, and I think back to Florida State in 2013. When you watched all of their games, it did not matter what the situation they put themselves in, they always found a way to win,” Scott said. “We are not a championship team, yet. That’s what we are working towards. That’s what championship teams do … they find a way to win.”