CLEMSON, S.C. — In a matchup between division rivals both ranked in the top five nationally, Clemson beat Louisville on Saturday night by 6 points, 42-36, but also by about one yard.
In the up-and-down affair, No. 5 Clemson went ahead by 28-10 and then ceded 26 unanswered points in the second half before coming back to take that 6-point lead. Then No. 3 Louisville drove down the field with time about to expire.
On a fourth-and-12 from the Clemson 14-yard line, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, a sophomore who is widely considered a Heisman Trophy front-runner, completed a pass in the flat to James Quick, who caught the ball near the sideline, spun and was pushed out by Van Smith for an 11-yard gain. That gave Clemson the ball and the victory. The orange-clad crowd rushed the field.
The words just below the upper deck on each side of Clemson’s Memorial Stadium read, “Clemson Welcomes…