Watkins leads Clemson's big rally, KSU-Tech, more late-game analysis
The Tigers trailed by 18 to the Terrapins, who benched quarterback Danny O'Brien in favor of C.J. Brown. Brown showed no fear against a top-10 team, throwing for 177 yards and three touchdowns and running for 162 yards and another score. Clemson refused to fold, taking the lead on Tajh Boyd's 12-yard pass to Jaron Brown with 11:26 remaining. The Terps marched back down the field and retook the lead on C.J. Brown's touchdown pass to Matt Furstenberg. Then Maryland kicked to Watkins, and his 89-yard return for a touchdown gave the Tigers the lead for good.
With Georgia Tech losing Saturday, Clemson becomes the torchbearer for the ACC. Is it possible these Tigers are up to the challenge?
Meanwhile, Florida just looks like a mess on offense and on special teams. With starting quarterback John Brantley still sidelined, neither Jacoby Brissett nor Jeff Driskel could move the ball against a defense that has allowed everyone but South Carolina to march up and down the field. Kicker Caleb Sturgis went out Saturday with an injury, and no one could catch a punt. The Gators were banged up -- neither tailback Jeff Demps nor buck linebacker Ronald Powell played -- but that doesn't excuse the sheer ineptitude. At this point, even the mental block that so vexes Georgia in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party might not be enough to help the Gators.