Clemson QB Watson apologizes to fans for 'negative energy'

Sep 13, 2016, 04:52
Clemson QB Watson apologizes to fans for 'negative energy'

Due to McCloud's mistake, Clemson led just 13-10 at halftime, rather than 20-10.

"Obviously it's great to get the win, but we're not playing anywhere near close to our potential on offense right now and I know that's frustrating for all of us", co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said.

"But our message to all those guys is: When you come here, go out, have fun and play the game".

The Tigers (2-0) were led by quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was 27-53 passing for 292 yards and three touchdowns, as he moved ahead of Woodrow Dantzler for third place on Clemson's all-time passing yards list.

"Everybody wants to see us score 50 points, 60 points and everybody wants it now", Watson said.

"I'm not going to call games scared", Steele said.

Troy missed a 48-yard field goal as the half expired.

The Tigers will certainly take a tumble in the rankings after Saturday's showing, and Watson's Heisman run is nearly dead in the water. "To come back and get 17 points in the fourth quarter after all the adversity I think showed a lot with that group, but the bottom line is we have to get better, we know that, and we will". Watson took advantage of a Troy turnover by throwing a 35-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow, marking the sophomore's fourth straight game with a touchdown reception.

Running back Jabir Frye, on a fourth-and-1 play, went 66 yards for a touchdown, tying the game 10-10.

Clemson wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud (34) drops the football as he enters the end zone during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Troy on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Clemson, S.C. The play was not rule.

Linebacker J.D. Davis and defensive tackle Albert Huggins are two other players Swinney said need to play because of how well they did in fall camp. Hats off to Troy. But he couldn't get the Horned Frogs in the end zone in the second OT, and they settled for Ryan Graf's 37-yard field goal. Also, Ray-Ray McCloud inexplicably dropped the ball on the ½-yard line after he beat the Troy defense on a punt return.

"I promise he'll never do that again", Swinney said.

If Clemson University's season-opening win over Auburn last weekend was cause for concern ... then the second-ranked Tiger football team's performance at home against Troy on Saturday was nothing short of a cry for help. That gave the Trojans some hope, but the Tigers recovered the onside kick.

On second-and-goal at the Troy 1, Tyshon Dye's forward progress was stopped for no gain before a fumble.

The star junior suggested the attention has affected his play and led to a display of negative body language, despite a 2-0 start for the Tigers.

"Let me say this, I thought the ACC crew did a nice job", Brown said. "It could have been a turning point".

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