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Clemson barely in front of Pitt at the break

Nov 12, 2016; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson leads Pitt 28-27 at the break thanks to Dexter Lawrence block field goal attempt as time expired.

Quarter Deshaun Watson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Artavis Scott with 1:09 to play in the half, which gave the Tigers their one-point lead.  But Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman drove the Panthers to the Clemson 37, but kicker Chris Blewitt’s kick was low and Lawrence’s hand knocked the kick down to preserve the lead.

Blewitt also missed a PAT in the second quarter after Peterman’s 55-yard pass to Scott Orndoff, the longest scoring played allowed all year by the Clemson defense.  Peterman also threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to James Conner in the first quarter.

George Aston caught touchdown passes of 15 and one-yard as well. Pitt had 356 total yards overall.  Peterman finished 12-of-18 for 242 yards in the first 30 minutes.

Though he threw two interceptions in the first half, Watson threw for 321 yards and two scores on 24 of 33 passing. He threw touchdown pass of 15 yards to Mike Williams and 13 yards to Artavis Scott.  Wayne Gallman also had two one-yard touchdowns.

Williams caught eight passes for 142 yards, while six catches for 60 and Leggett had four for 76 yards. The Tigers were 7-of-9 on third down in the opening half and had 19 first downs.

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