The Clemson Insider handed out a handful of helmet stickers in the aftermath of second-ranked Clemson’s 43-42 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night…
Less than a week after his workload was questioned in a press conference, leading to a classic Dabo Swinney rant about his productivity, Scott was a featured force in Clemson’s passing attack. The junior—honored as a senior prior to Saturday’s contest—had 13 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown in the game. The catch total was a career high, while the yardage total was a season high. In addition, Scott entered the ACC’s all-time top ten in receptions, as he currently sits at 220. He scored from 13 yards out to close the scoring in the first half, and another one of his touchdowns was called back due to a penalty.
Leggett made the most of his Senior Day opportunity. The Clemson tight end caught all six of his targets for 95 yards on the day. In the process, he became the Tigers’ all-time leader in tight end receiving yardage with 1,342 yards. Leggett had a big third down conversion on Clemson’s opening drive, a feat that he duplicated with receptions that each went more than 20 yards later in the first half. He also had a 19-yard reception that led directly to points on Clemson’s final drive of the second quarter.
Once again, Renfrow’s job was to catch the ball thrown in awkward places and into tight windows. Once again, the sophomore delivered. His nine targets ranked only behind Williams and Scott in the Tigers’ hierarchy of receivers, and he hauled in seven of those targets for 77 yards in Saturday’s contest. Renfrow caught the first pass of the game for a nine-yard pickup. Then, he waited until the third quarter to see his number called again. His two catches in that frame directly led to touchdowns on the next play. Renfrow also had three catches in the fourth quarter on Saturday.
Gallman didn’t exactly enjoy his most productive day on the ground, but it’s hard to ignore with results—especially when the Clemson offense failed twice to earn touchdowns, turning the ball over at scoring time. Gallman’s contributions in the scoring column proved incredibly important in a one-point loss, as the junior—honored as a senior prior to the game—scored three touchdowns to aid Clemson’s cause. All of his touchdown runs were from one yard away. Two came in the first quarter, while one came in the third.
People will remember the three interceptions he threw, and rightfully so. Watson’s recklessness with the football was one of several reasons the game ended up favoring Clemson’s opponent on the final scoreboard. However, there were a bunch of superlatives attached to Watson’s name at the end of Saturday’s game. He is now the ACC’s all-time single-game passing yardage leader. He smashed the Clemson single-game completions record, as his 52 ranks well ahead of Cullen Harper’s 38 that sat atop the list prior to Saturday. He is also one of six ACC players in history to surpass 10,000 yards of total offense. Those accomplishments cannot be forgotten on a disappointing night for Watson in his final home conference game.
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