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Clemson vs. North Carolina Postgame Notes

Clemson vs. North Carolina Postgame Notes

Team Notes

* Clemson is now 36-19-1 all-time against North Carolina, including a 19-7 record at Clemson. The Tigers have won five of the last six in the series. Clemson has scored at least 50 points in each the last three meetings played at Clemson in the series.

* The Tigers have scored at least 50 points in each of their last four homes games, dating to last season. They have outscored their opponents 230-79 in those four games.

* Clemson improved to 74-0-1 all-time when totaling at least 500 yards of total offense.

* Clemson won for just the fifth time in 17 tries when starting a true-freshman quarterback. Watson is the first true-freshman quarterback to record a win in his first career start.

* The Tigers held their opponent to less than 100 rushing yards for the third straight game. Clemson has surrendered a total of 104 rushing yards in its last three contests.

* Clemson had two 100-yard receivers in tonight’s game with Germone Hopper (139) and Mike Williams (122) each passing the century mark. It is the first time since last season against Georgia Tech that Clemson had a pair of receivers record 100 receiving yards. Martavis Bryant totaled 176 receiving yards in that contest, while Sammy Watkins added 104.

* Clemson and North Carolina combined for 85 points. That is the third-most combined points in a game by the Tigers and Tar Heels in series history. The last matchup between the two, in 2011, produced a combined 97 points, the most in the history of the series.

* The Tigers have now won their last six games against teams from the state of North Carolina and 10 of their last 11 against Tar Heel State teams overall. Clemson will have an opportunity to extend the streak next week when it hosts NC State.

* Clemson scored exactly 50 points in a game for the first time in school history.

Individual Notes

* Deshaun Watson threw for six touchdowns in his first career start. Watson is the first quarterback in Clemson history to throw six touchdowns passes in a game. He is also the first freshman quarterback in ACC history to throw for six touchdowns.

*Watson also tied the ACC single-game record for touchdown passes. He is just the fifth player in ACC history, regardless of class, to throw six touchdown passes in a game. Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage last did it against Duke in 2013.

* Watson threw for a freshman-record 435 yards in the game. The total ranks second in Clemson history for single-game passing yards, regardless of class, to only Tajh Boyd, who threw for 455 yards at Syracuse last season. Additionally, it is the second-most passing yards in a quarterback’s first start in ACC history. Duke’s Dave Brown, who threw for 444 yards against Wake Forest in 1989, is the only player in ACC history to throw for more yards in a starting debut.

* Watson earned a win in his first career start tonight. Six of the last seven Clemson quarterbacks have earned a win in their first career starts.

* Watson has now thrown for 914 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, both season bests by a true freshman. The previous records were 750 passing yards and five touchdowns by Willie Jordan in 1975.

* Watson’s first pass of the game, caught by Hopper, went for 74 yards and a touchdown. It is Clemson’s longest play of the season.

* Vic Beasley recorded two sacks to give him 27 for his career. He moves in to sole possession of third place in Clemson history for career sacks. He is just one shy of the Clemson career record of 28, set by Michael Dean Perry and Gaines Adams.

* Germone Hopper recorded a career-high 139 receiving yards on three catches, with two going for touchdowns. It was the second time in Hopper’s career that he caught two touchdowns in a game, also doing so against SC State in 2013.

* Mike Williams also passed the century mark with a career-high 122 receiving yards on a career-high six receptions and two touchdowns, his first two of the season. It was the first time in his career that he had more than one touchdown reception in a game.

* Robert Smith recorded his first interception of the season and the third of his career in the fourth quarter. The safety was also credited with five tackles in the game.

* Artavis Scott recorded a career-high eight receptions for 66 yards and one touchdown.

* Jayron Kearse led the Tigers with 10 tackles. A different Tiger defender has led the team in tackles in all four games this season. 

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