|Saturday, November 15, 2014 5:32 PM- -|
ATLANTA, GA – No Division I football team should be completely reliant on one player, and the Clemson Tigers fashioned a four-game winning streak without the services of freshman quarterback
Deshaun Watson Watson made his grand return Saturday at Georgia Tech, and as painful as it is to say it has to be said – Clemson had absolutely no shot at winning the game once Watson left with a left knee injury, even though the Tigers were clinging to a 3-0 lead. As defensive tackle
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Watson made his grand return Saturday at Georgia Tech, and as painful as it is to say it has to be said – Clemson had absolutely no shot at winning the game once Watson left with a left knee injury, even though the Tigers were clinging to a 3-0 lead.
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Things changed, and that might be an understatement.
On third down, backup and senior
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Clemson trailed 9-3 at intermission, but Tech put a touchdown on the board on the first drive of the second half. What followed was another Stoudt interception – in the middle of the field – and that was followed by an underthrown ball to
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Watson gained 40 yards on seven carries prior to the injury, and without the threat of a running quarterback Tech was able to sit back and let Stoudt take his shots. The rest is history.
“Things just didn’t really go right today, and sometimes that happens,” Stout said to the media. “We just to move on from it and correct our mistakes. It’s a rough day, but there are things that can be fixed and we just have to get back in the film room this week and work on it.”
Stoudt said his confidence never wavered.
“It’s football. Bad things happen,” he said. “You just have to keep on going. I have a great group of guys behind me that are with me and they will make sure I have a level head I do and we just have to make sure it gets better.”
It was obvious that without Watson, Clemson’s offense lacks a true leader or go-to guy and as a result confidence now might be at an all-time low. Senior right tackle
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“We knew after Deshaun went down that we were going to have to run the ball,” Davis said. “But after we ran the screen play that was intercepted, that was when the real scramble started.”
“Any time you lose a guy like Deshaun it’s tough, especially with how much effort he put into getting back and how we were moving the ball,” Morris said. “But it’s not all on Cole. We have to get it together for these guys. At halftime, we told our guys, ‘hey we can’t give it to them.’ But the last five weeks have been a simplification process and now we have to go back and look at that. We just have to put it back together."
“Through the last four games Cole had been playing extremely well,” Gallman said. “But today I don’t know if it was just the fact the Deshaun was back or what. But that’s something he is going to do for himself and get his mindset right again. In any game, he just can’t let up on us like that. I am behind Cole all the way – he just has to do better.”