When he signed with Clemson, Deshaun Watson promised head coach Dabo Swinney that he would never lose to South Carolina, who at the time had a five-game winning streak on the Tigers.
Watson was a man of his word.
Under Watson’s lead, Clemson went 3-0 against the Gamecocks, including a 35-17 victory in 2014 to break the streak. He played that game on a torn ACL, while he went on to throw two touchdown passes and run for two more.
The win in 2014 started the Tigers’ current six-game winning streak in the series, the second longest in the history of the rivalry by either team. Clemson holds the record with seven straight wins from 1934-’40.
But it wasn’t just the Gamecocks Watson beat, he beat everyone. He went 32-3 during his three years as a starter at Clemson, while leading the Tigers to the 2016 National Championship.
During his college career he set all kinds of Clemson and ACC records, while becoming a First-Team All-American quarterback. He also was a two-time Heisman Trophy Finalist and won both the Davey O’Brien and Manning Awards in back-to-back years as the nation’s best quarterback.
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