Deshaun Watson threw two touchdown passes, Wayne Gallman ran for 139 yards and No. 11 Clemson held off host Louisville 20-17 on Thursday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools.
Despite ragged stretches including two interceptions by Watson, Clemson (3-0, 1-0) followed up routs of Wofford and Appalachian State with a solid conference victory on the road. The sophomore was spot on when needed, finding Hunter Renfrow and Jordan Leggett wide open down the middle for touchdown passes of 32 and 25 yards, respectively.
Louisville (0-3, 0-1) started its third quarterback in three games with Kyle Bolin, and used freshman Lamar Jackson and sophomore Reggie Bonnafon behind center in a search for offensive consistency. The combination kept the Cardinals within reach of Clemson long enough to have a last shot at victory, but Bolin's desperation pass was intercepted by Jadar Johnson in the final seconds.
Oklahoma State wants more
Oklahoma State has notified Texas it wants new depositions from Longhorns coach Charlie Strong, three members of his staff, a quarterback and former athletic director Steve Patterson if a breach-of-contract lawsuit against a Texas assistant proceeds toward trial.
Oklahoma State is suing Longhorns assistant Joe Wickline for nearly $600,000, arguing he made a lateral move to Texas in 2014 and didn't take a promotion with "play-calling duties" as stated in his previous contract.
Strong already was deposed in March. The pursuit of new testimony from the Texas coach, one of his key players and Patterson, who was forced to resign Tuesday, is an aggressive new step by Oklahoma State in an unusual case that has angered Texas fans and pulled back the curtain on the inner workings of a major college football program.
Two Purdue players arrested
Purdue freshman cornerbacks Evyn Cooper and David Rose were arrested for trying to stealing bicycles, university police said. The two players, both 18, were booked into Tippecanoe County Jail and released on bond.