By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher.
The Pitt Panthers defeated the #2 Clemson Tigers on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers won 43-42 on a last-minute field goal at Memorial Stadium.
This loss for the Tigers — which is their first since losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship in Jan. — shakes up the College Football Playoff picture. When the new rankings come out on Tuesday, they may not even be in the top six.
It was the first-time that these two teams met in 39-years. The Panthers also won in their previous meeting, a 34-3 win in the 1977 Gator Bowl.
Clemson lost to an unranked team for the first-time in eight-years. The Tigers are now 9-1, while the Panthers are 6-4.
The Tigers had 33 first down, while the Panthers had 23. Clemson also had 630 yards compared to Pittsburgh’s 464 yards.
Chris Blewitt, the Panthers kicker, made the game-winning 48-yard field goal with six seconds remaining.
James Connor got the game close at 42-40 with 5:17 following his 20-yard rushing touchdown. The team’s two-point conversion failed.
Tigers quarterback DeShaun Watson had 580 passing yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions hit Deon Cain for a 27-yard touchdown in the third. Wayne Gallman also had a one-yard touchdown in the quarter for the Tigers.
Panthers quarterback Nathan Peterman had 308 yards and five touchdowns hit Scott Orndoff with a seven-yard touchdown to make it 35-34. Then, Gallman scored his touchdown for the 42-34 lead.
The Tigers led 28-27 at halftime. Watson hit Artavis Scott for a 13-yard touchdown with 1:09 before halftime.
Watson also had a 15-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams. Gallman had two touchdown runs of one-yard in the first quarter.
Peterman had four first half touchdowns.
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