The Clemson Tigers have come close to scoring a game-winning touchdown in back-to-back losses to Louisville and Florida State, but Blake Borts first-down pass to Dontre Wilson on third-and, four seconds after Clemson’s final offensive timeout was called has become the highlight of the night for a team that is still searching for its identity after last year’s second-half collapse at No. 9 Alabama.
Bortons pass to Wilson with 14:51 remaining was just the fourth pass of his career to reach that milestone, the first two coming at Miami (Fla.) and Florida in the 2015 season opener.
“I thought I’d be able to get a big play or two,” Bortos said.
“It was just a great catch by Wilson and a great move by Dontrell.
I’ve been blessed enough to play with guys that can catch the ball and make plays.
I’m really thankful to have been able to have this opportunity.
I just feel like this is my chance to do something special.”
The touchdown was the fourth consecutive touchdown pass for Borts, the most by a Clemson quarterback this season.
The Tigers are now 2-2 in their last six ACC games, including a 14-13 win over No. 1 Florida State on Saturday.
They remain tied with Louisville for the third-best record in the league with a 4-1 record since last season, and they are a game ahead of Georgia Tech for the second-best win total in the conference behind Georgia.
The Bulldogs are coming off back-and