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Players of the Game: Pitt at Clemson

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The Tigers drop a heartbreaker in Death Valley to the Panthers: who stood out in Saturday’s 43-42 loss

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at Clemson Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Offense: Mike Williams, #7, WR, RS Junior: Mike had a huge day for Clemson, totaling 202 yards on 15 catches with one touchdown. Clemson’s receiving corps had a pretty solid day overall. Deshaun Watson completed 52 passes for 580 yards and spread the ball around pretty well among Williams, Artavis Scott, Jordan Leggett, and Hunter Renfrow. Hopefully, we can see some more of this down the stretch without the 3 interceptions.

Defense: Carlos Watkins, #94, DT, RS Senior: Watkins had a nice Senior Day with 2 solo tackles and 2 assists. He had one of Clemson’s 2 sacks on the day. A solid game for Watkins on a rough day defensively for the Tigers.

Special Teams: Greg Huegel, #92, K, RS Sophomore: Huegel didn’t attempt any field goals, but had a solid day kicking off for the Tigers. He kicked off 7 times for 441 yards and 5 touchbacks. His only real error on the day was a first quarter squib kick that went out of bounds. After that, he went back to booming them to the endzone, or at least right in front of the endzone.

Moment of the Game: With a frustrating loss like this one, it’s hard to find a moment for this game. However, the pregame honoring of the Seniors and the 4 Juniors that are leaving early was very special. This Senior class has been a special class. Before Saturday, Clemson had not experienced a loss in Death Valley since October 19, 2013. This class has won an ACC title, 2 games against the Gamecocks, 2 Orange Bowls, and played for a national title. They are one win away from going back to the ACC Championship, and in two weeks have a chance to extend the streak over South Carolina to 3 in a row. And, after all the craziness of Saturday Night, they still have a shot to go back to the College Football Playoffs and potentially win Clemson’s 2nd National Football Title in school history. This is an impressive class, and one bad loss to Pitt doesn’t change that.