Top five moments of 2014? Too many to choose from

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Ben Boulware had an outstanding bowl game, including a touchdown

Clemson’s 2014 was filled with many memorable moments, and early on Thursday we took a look at some of the top stories of the year but I wanted to take a look at my top five moments.

The story about the stories was merely a reflection of fan views and didn’t necessarily reflect the biggest moments that occurred in 2014. That’s the reason for this list. And, like any list, this is merely my top moments and won’t be the same as a list you might make.

Please comment and leave your top moments.

5. Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Sr. Linebacker
#42 6-2, 244
Polkton, NC

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’s interception to clinch the Orange Bowl

Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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had a night to remember and Clemson’s offense was superlative, but the Tiger defense battered Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller most of the night, but the Buckeyes had one last chance to grab the win.

Clemson quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
Quarterback (2009 - 2013)
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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had just thrown his second interception of the Orange Bowl to give Ohio State good field position with less than two minutes to play. The Buckeyes trailed the Tigers by five and stood ready to drive starting from the Tigers’ 48-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, however, Miller was intercepted by Anthony, ending OSU’s hope of finishing the season off with a win. The Tigers would run out the rest of the clock for a 40-35 victory.

The interception gave the Tigers the win, and ended the BCS era with a win for the program and set the tone for what would be a stellar 2014 defensive campaign.

4. Stopping Louisville on 4th down at the goal line

An early October ACC matchup between the Tigers and Louisville hinged on a 4th down, goal line stop by the Tigers late in the game.

The play was set up when safety Jayron KearseJayron Kearse
So. Safety
#20 6-4, 215
Fort Myers, FL

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ran down Louisville receiver James Quick from behind on the first play from scrimmage after Clemson had taken the 23-17 lead. Will Gardner hit Quick on quick strike to the sideline, and it appeared Quick would run free for a touchdown but Kearse quickly closed the distance and stopped Quick at the Clemson eight yard line.

Four plays later – on a play that Clemson knew was coming – defensive tackle DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 292
Central, SC

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batted down Gardner’s last-gasp pass.

3. Superman takes flight

We all knew Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA

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was special. In fact, we watched Watson walk into practice last week without much of a limp, while Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS Jr. Tight End
#81 6-4, 241
Isle of Palms, SC

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(who had surgery one day apart from Watson) come in on crutches. That made one reporter remark that he didn’t think Watson was an actual human.

However, during the Tigers’ dominating win over NC State earlier this Watson showed just how special he can be as he leapt over a Wolfpack defender and into the endzone for a touchdown that put the Tigers up by three scores in what would turn out to be a 41-0 win.

Watson jumped up and paid homage to Cam Newton by mimicking Newton’s “Superman” move.

There were other Watson moments – the throw against Georgia and the throw to Mike WilliamsMike Williams
So. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 208
Vance, SC

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in that same game, but I will always remember the leap into the endzone.

2. Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
Dublin, OH

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’s performance in the Russell Athletic Bowl

The senior quarterback has drawn way more than his share of criticism this season, and I’ve seen Clemson fans call him names and bash him and wish all manner of bad things to happen to 18. There have been nasty pictures and memes on social media, elevating Stoudt to reviled status among a certain segment of the fans.

Stoudt never responded in a negative manner – he was class all the way – and got the last laugh when he threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns and led the Tigers to a 40-6 win over Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Stoudt got confidence early when Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
Fr. Wide Receiver
#3 5-11, 190
Oldsmar, FL

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made a big move to score a 65-yard touchdown on Clemson’s first offensive play, and he responded with the best night of his Clemson career. For those of us who have had to deal with Stoudt and have been taken aback at all of the negativity surrounding a young man who has represented the Clemson program with nothing but class it was a satisfying moment. Stoudt walked into the postgame interview area after the win cradling his much-deserved MVP trophy with a huge smile on his face.

1. One streak ends and another begins

Watson once again proved he might not be human when he beat South Carolina on one good leg, ending South Carolina’s five-game winning streak in the series. Clemson’s coaches and players were full of confidence heading into the game, and Scott and Watson and the Clemson defense put the streak to rest with a terrific performance.

It’s hard to look into the future and predict what will happen, but the current direction of the two programs seems to indicate that Clemson might go on a run of their own. Five in a row? Who knows, but four out of five or even better isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

Honorable mention moments and happenings

The rise of Clemson’s top-ranked defense
Mike Williams’ laying out to make the TD catch against the Pack
Ben BoulwareBen Boulware
So. Outside Linebacker
#10 5-11, 235
Anderson, SC

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’s INT return for a TD against Oklahoma
Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Sr. Defensive End
#3 6-2, 236
Adairsville, GA

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’s strip of Dylan Thompson in the SC game
Vic Beasley’s strip and TD against UNC
Any play that involves Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
Conyers, GA

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Scott’s tiptoe run down the sidelines against SC
Watson’s throw to Charone PeakeCharone Peake
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 204
Moore, SC

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for a TD against Georgia
Scott’s 65-yard reception against Oklahoma
The underclassmen waiting for the seniors at the bottom of the hill before the SC game
Watching MacKensie AlexanderMacKensie Alexander
RS Fr. Cornerback
#2 5-11, 190
Immokalee, FL

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on any given play

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New Story: Top five moments of 2014? Too many to choose from
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Re: New Story: Top five moments of 2014? Too many to chose from
Go easy on 'em, the mods are still excited that the
Re: Go easy on 'em, the mods are still excited that the
A preposition is not a good thing to end a sentnece with.***
Neal in NC®
Re: Go easy on 'em, the mods are still excited that the
We done chosed all the good one's
Neal in NC®
Re: New Story: Top five moments of 2014? Too many to chose from
Re: New Story: Top five moments of 2014? Too many to chose from
To me "moments" = plays; therefore, my top 5 are:
Vic breaking the sack record was big***
Gary Peters strip for the scoop and score
Re: New Story: Top five moments of 2014? Too many to chose from
Re: Top 5 plays from calendar year 2014.
Re: Top 5 plays from calendar year 2014.
Hard for me to include the OB since it was last season
Re: Hard for me to include the OB since it was last season
big monk
Re: New Story: Top five moments of 2014? Too many to choose from
Re: New Story: Top five moments of 2014? Too many to choose from
Yes! Top moments! - Stoudt's near perfect game in bowl!***
Re: Top 2 moments for me
Re: New Story: Top five moments of 2014? Too many to choose from
Nice list. A lot of positives to look back on.

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