#1 Clemson Wins the ACC Championship

By EFN Staff
Published: 12/07/2015

Clemson 45, North Carolina 37

No. 1 Clemson got all it could handle from No. 10 North Carolina but held on to win the ACC Championship and secure the top spot in the College Football Playoff. The Tigers have now won a FBS-best 16 straight games while the Tar Heels see their school-record 11-game winning streak snapped and fall to Clemson for the eighth time in 10 meetings.

Player of the game
  • On a day when other Heisman contenders had big performances, Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson kept pace with an ACC Championship-record 420 total yards and five touchdowns. The junior has thrown a touchdown in 14 straight games and has a rushing score in seven of the last eight games.

Key stats

  • The 37 points are the most allowed by Clemson this season.
  • North Carolina entered having averaged at least 6.1 yards per play in every game; the Tigers held the Tar Heels to 5.7 yards per play.
  • A week after becoming the first Tigers’ freshman with a touchdown catch in five straight games, wide receiver Deon Cain was held to two catches for 12 yards.
  • Tar Heels running back Elijah Hood was held to 65 yards after running for at least 115 yards in each of the previous three games.
  • With his 305 total yards, North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams became the fourth player in ACC history with 10,000 career total yards.
  • Clemson, which outgained North Carolina by a 608-382 margin, has outgained every opponent this season.
  • The Tigers rushed for 300 yards for the second time this season.
  • Clemson dominated time of possession by a 38:56 to 21:04 margin.

Key play

  • Trailing by 8 points with 1:13 remaining in the game, North Carolina appeared to recover its onside kick but was controversially ruled offsides.