But now, at least for this era of Clemson football, it has been replaced by something else: The ability to dig deep and come up with incredible plays when they are most needed.
There, Clemson’s defense stiffened, ending the game when backup cornerback Marcus Edmond forced receiver James Quick to the sideline on a fourth-down pass with 33 seconds left just short of a first down.
He finished with 295 passing yards and 162 rushing on 31 carries.
In the end, though, Watson was clutch when he had to be.
SMART COACHING: With a 21-10 lead, just 31 seconds remaining in the first half and a long way to go just to get in field goal range, roughly 90 percent of coaches — maybe more — would have been content to kneel the ball and go into halftime.