Un­ranked Pitts­burgh shocks No. 3 Clem­son, 43-42

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Pete Ia­co­belli AP Sports Writer

Chris Ble­witt made a 48-yard field goal with six sec­onds left as Pitts­burgh stunned No. 3 Clem­son, 43-42, spoil­ing a record-set­ting Satur­day for quar­ter­back De­shaun Wat­son and com­pli­cat­ing the Tigers’ path back to the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off.

It was the big­gest win for the Pan­thers (6-4, 3-3 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) since knock­ing off No. 2 West Vir­ginia 13-9 in 2007.

Wat­son threw for an ACC record 580 yards and three touch­downs for Clem­son (9-1, 6-1). But his third in­ter­cep­tion gave Pitt the chance to crawl back from a 42-34 deficit. Af­ter Saleem Brightwell’s pick and 70-yard re­turn, James Con­ner fin­ished the drive with a 20-yard TD run.

The Pan­ther de­fense, which gave up 630 yards, rose up when it counted and stopped Wayne Gall­man short on third and fourth down to take the ball with 58 sec­onds left. Two passes to Scott Ornd­off put Pitt within range and Ble­witt nailed the kick to send the Pan­thers into a frenzy.

Nathan Peter­man had a ca­reer-best five TD passes and 308 yards. Con­ner rushed for 132 yards and a touch­down. He also caught one of Peter­man’s scor­ing throws.

Clem­son had its of­fense go­ing. Gall­man ran for three TDs and Mike Wil­liams had 15 catches for 202 yards and a touch­down.

It was Clem­son’s first loss at home since 2013 when Florida State, the even­tual na­tional champions, won 51-14. It was also the Tigers’ first reg­u­lar-sea­son loss since November 2014 at Ge­or­gia Tech, a run of 23 straight games.

The Take­away

Pitts­burgh: The Pan­thers showed that coach Pat Nar­duzzi’s pro­gram is tak­ing hold. Peter­man stayed calm in the face of Clem­son’s strong pass rush and Con­ner was able to avoid the Tigers’ mid­dle duo of Car­los Watkins and Dex­ter Lawrance to keep Pitt mov­ing.

Clem­son: Many non-Tiger fans will say this team had it com­ing af­ter es­cap­ing with close wins at home against No. 5 Louisville (42-36 on Oct. 1) and North Carolina State (2417 in over­time on Oct. 15) af­ter the Wolf­pack missed the po­ten­tial game-win­ning kick to end reg­u­la­tion. Clem­son’s path is still clear — win out and hope its one-loss sea­son is bet­ter than most oth­ers.

Up Next

Pitts­burgh closes the year with two games at home, start­ing with Duke next week.

Clem­son will try to earn the ACC At­lantic Divi­sion ti­tle with a win at Wake For­est next Satur­day.


Pitts­burgh kicker Chris Ble­witt kicks the game-win­ning field goal in the Pan­thers’ 4342 win at Clem­son, S.C., on Satur­day.

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