Clemson QB Watson becomes first 4,000/1,000 player in FBS history
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson became the first player in FBS history to throw for more than 4,000 yards and eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the same season during the No. 1 Tigers’ 45-40 loss to No. 2 Alabama in Monday night’s College Football Playoff Championship game.
ONE QB in College Football history has thrown for 4k and rushed for 1k in a season… His name is Deshaun Watson pic.twitter.com/vyboRTJS8b
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) January 12, 2016
Watson was tremendous Monday, completing 30 of his 47 pass attempts for 405 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for a team-high 73 yards in a losing effort.
The sophomore QB’s 405 passing yards broke a championship-game record set by USC’s Matt Leinart, who threw for 365 yards in the 2005 Rose Bowl.
Deshaun Watson: championship-game record 405 pass yds (broke Matt Leinart’s 365 set in Rose Bowl in 2005 season) pic.twitter.com/OBbnD5JJiI
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 12, 2016
Watson entered the contest with 1,032 rushing yards and needed 301 passing yard to accomplish the feat. The sophomore dual-threat QB reached that mark late in the fourth as he directed his unit on an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that ended with the No. 1 Tigers cutting into Alabama’s lead, leaving the score 38-33 with 4:40 left in the game.
The drive was highlighted by a remarkable 39-yard gain by Wayne Gallman.
Clemson scored when Watson hooked up with Artavis Scott on a slant.