As far as football games go, it doesn’t get much better than the instant classic Clemson and Louisville played Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the current front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, and Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson, one of the preseason favorites for the award, both put on a show in this highly-anticipated matchup between top-5 Atlantic Coast Conference teams.
Unfortunately for Jackson and the No. 3 Cardinals, they came up one yard short in the end.
The Cardinals faced a fourth-and-12 from the Tigers’ 14-yard line after a false start moved them back, but it appeared as though they called the perfect play on a short pass from Jackson to James Quick. However, Quick didn’t cut back in and instead went out of bounds 1-yard short of the first-down marker.
It was shocking that the Cardinals were in that position to begin with, though, after the Tigers built up a 28-10 halftime lead at home. But Jackson got his team back in it before Watson did his best Tim Tebow impersonation with a jump pass to give Clemson the lead for good.
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