Quarterback Deshaun Watson broke Clemson's 34-year title drought in 2016. 

By Michael Shapiro
December 29, 2018

Former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson brought Tigers' fans the greatest victory in program history on Jan. 9, 2017 by beating Alabama in the College Football Playoff Championship Game.

But Watson's touchdown toss to Hunter Renfrow as time expired didn't mark the lone national title in Clemson history. The Tigers will hunt for their third national championship in this year's College Football playoff, and their second in the last three seasons. So when has Clemson previously secured the championship?

Here's a brief look at Clemson's two titles entering the 2018 College Football Playoff. 

1981: Clemson over Nebraska

A bruising defense that led the nation in points allowed per game bottled the Cornhuskers' potent rushing attack in the Orange Bowl. Nebraska couldn't rebound from a 22-7 deficit in the fourth quarter and delivered a championship to Clemson and head coach Danny Ford. 

2016: Clemson over Alabama

Watson was nothing short of brilliant in Clemson's 35-31 victory by throwing for 420 yards and three touchdowns. It wasn't an outlier from his standout junior season. He finished that season with 50 touchdowns and 4,593 yards passing. Head coach Dabo Swinney snagged his first national title in his ninth season. The victory established Clemson as a true college football powerhouse.

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