College football proved how crazy it can be on Saturday. The Clemson Tigers, who were a 20.5 point favorite, lost at home to a Pittsburgh team with four losses.
Pittsburgh kicker Chris Blewitt converted on a 48-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining to give the Panthers the upset win, 43-42. The Panthers were led by former Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman and running James Conner
This is Clemson’s first regular season loss since 2014. The Tigers also lost to Alabama last year in the College Football Playoff. After three quarters, Clemson led 42-34 but was held scoreless for the entire fourth quarter. The Tigers had a chance to put away the game with over a minute to go, but Dabo Swinney elected to go for it on fourth and one.
Clemson didn’t convert and Pittsburgh had a shorter field to drive. In a losing effort, Clemson quarterback set a single game ACC record with 580 passing yards. But he needed 70 attempts to do it.
Earlier in the game, Swinney got upset with the officials and threw a temper tantrum. He’ll probably have a similar reaction when watching the tape of this game.
Dabo mad. Mad Dabo. pic.twitter.com/njvaY8htwC
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 12, 2016
Even with the loss, Clemson still controls its fate to winning the ACC Atlantic Division. The Tigers are tied with Louisville but Clemson won the head-to-head.
Swinney and the Tigers also have another game against an SEC team, as they take on South Carolina on Nov. 26.
Needless to say, some Clemson fans aren’t happy with the result.
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) November 13, 2016