Thanks to the efforts in part of Heisman Trophy candidate Deshaun Watson, the number one college Football team Clemson stayed undefeated (13-0) and beat out North Carolina 45-37, meaning Clemson wins the ACC title for 2015.

Watson threw the ball to gain 3 touchdowns. He also ran in two more to lead the Tigers to the title on Saturday during the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game (ACC). Clemson remains the only unbeaten team in the FBS.

Watson sets record as Clemson wins ACC title

Watson got 420 yards in total, as well as five touchdowns in all to set an ACC title game record. With this win, the Tigers have assured themselves a place in the upcoming College Football Playoff. They will play the 4th ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the upcoming Orange Bowl in Miami on Dec. 31, at 1:00 PM. The Tigers played in the Orange Bowl last year as well and beat the Ohio State Buckeyes, 40-35.

Additionally, Clemson made 608 yards to get credit for a conference championship game record, obscuring the 500-yard mark for the ninth game in a row. In other stats, Wayne Gallman got 185 yards during 27 carries and also got two touchdowns, while Artavis Scott brought down seven catches that earned him 96 yards and a score.

Clemson punter bungles 4th down play

While Clemson wins ACC title, they might have won by a bigger lead except that their punter, Andy Teasdall, started running on 4th and 15 at their own 30, and was pulled down after gaining a mere four yards.

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Dabo Swinney, the Tiger’s coach, had no explanation for Teasdall’s decision to run for it. Despite the failed fake punt and a Williams’ interception, the team led at halftime by 21-16.

The Tar Heels’ Marquise Williams threw the ball to earn 224 yards, ending up with 3 touchdown throws and ran in one TD. The Tar Heels record is 11-2, with a rank of No. 10 in the CFP. They were looking to try to get a first ACC title in 35 years, but that was not to be this past weekend since Clemson wins ACC title and moves on to the playoffs instead.

The Tar Heels were behind 42-30 halfway through the 4th quarter and were looking for a touchdown, but it was then that Clemson’s Shaq Lawson brought down Williams and caused a fumble. That allowed teammate Austin Bryant the chance to scoop up the ball. The fumble lead to a field goal to make the score 45-30. The Tigers were able to outgain the Tar Heels with 309 yards to 103 yards during the game’s first half.

Clemson celebrates with a pizza party

Head coach Swinney had promised a giant pizza party if Clemson remained number 1, and as promised, the team bought 2,500 pizzas for the nearly 30,000 fans that showed up at Memorial Stadium. The fans got a slice of pizza and the chance to hear from Swinney about the season and watch the pairings for the upcoming playoffs. He stated that he didn’t know what the other teams were doing, but he very much doubted they were having as much fun as they were with their pizza party and celebrating as Clemson won the ACC.

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