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VIDEO: Remembering Deshaun Watson’s National Championship-Winning TD Pass Against Alabama With 1 Second Left

Zach Brunner
Deshaun Watson's game-winning touchdown pass. (Sports & Extras Network/YouTube)
Deshaun Watson's game-winning touchdown pass. (Sports & Extras Network/YouTube) /
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There are some professional athletes that simply have that "clutch" gene in their DNA, where they are able to make magic happen when their backs are up against the wall. This was the case in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship game with then-Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Down by three points with six seconds left on the clock, Watson had Clemson knocking on the door. With a combination of Watson's athleticism and beautiful play design, the quarterback took the snap and rolled out to his right, creating a perfect passing lane for an easy throw and catch.

The result was a touchdown to Hunter Renfrow with one second left on the clock. A game-winning play in the biggest game of his career, on the largest platform in college sports.

While this play to win the 2017 CFP National Championship is incredibly impressive, Watson had a long, successful day up to that point too. The Tigers quarterback finished the game completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 420 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Watson also used his legs to scramble for another 43 yards and one touchdown.

This was arguably one of the most impressive quarterback performances in college football history, especially given the quality of opponent, stakes and the execution.


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