College football fans across the state of South Carolina might still be in shock after what unfolded Saturday night at Clemson. The Number Two ranked Tigers hosted Pitt for Senior Day. Pitt, who came into the game 5-4. Pitt, who before last season, had not been ranked in the AP National Poll from 2011-2014 — and only spent two weeks last season near the bottom of the Top 25. Pitt, losers of four of their last five Bowl games.
It should have been a day of celebration for Clemson. Celebrating their seniors, and celebrating a win over Pitt and further solidifying a spot in the national playoffs. But it was the Panthers who did the celebrating.
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 580 yards and three touchdowns. Good numbers on any night. But he also coughed up three interceptions, the costliest one coming late in the fourth quarter when Saleem Brightwell picked him off in the red zone. That set up a 48-yard field goal attempt by Chris Blewitt, who did not blow it, but instead put it through the uprights with six seconds left in the game to lift Pitt over Clemson 43-42. Your text to link…
The defeat marks the first time Clemson has lost to an unranked opponent since 2011. It is also the first time in 21 games the Tigers have lost on their home field.