CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Heisman Trophy hopeful Deshaun Watson threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two scores, and No. 1 Clemson captured the ACC championship by holding off eighth-ranked North Carolina 45-37 on Saturday night.
Watson's 420 total yards and five total touchdowns set ACC Championship Game records and assured the Tigers (13-0) a spot in the College Football Playoff.
It didn't come without some suspense.
North Carolina's Ryan Switzer caught his second TD catch of the game with 1:13 left to cut Clemson's lead to eight.
The Tar Heels appeared to recover the ensuing onside kick, but were called for being offside and had to kick again. The Tar Heels attempted another onside kick and this time Clemson recovered and ran out the clock.
"I had a chance to look at it, and they missed it. They were wrong. That's all I'm going to say about it," UNC coach Larry Fedora said.
Now, the only suspense left is whether Clemson or No. 2 Alabama is in the top spot for the playoff pairings.
"We've got three top-10 wins. Anybody else got that? And we're 13-0," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.