Coming off that brutal loss to West Virginia to end the 2012 college football season, no one knew what to expect from Clemson from a psychological perspective. They spent all offseason hearing about how overrated they were and how “Clemsoning” was real.
All offensive coordinator Chad Morris knew was he had DeAndre Hopkins on one side, Sammy Watkins on the other and all-time great ACC quarterback in Tajh Boyd throwing the rock.
Clemson would start out 3-0 and then lose by 12 on the road to Top 10 FSU. They would then go into the game against South Carolina 10-1 and lose, setting up a showdown in Atlanta against number nine LSU in the Peach Bowl.
This game was the turning point in the Clemson football program. They were able to make plays and beat LSU that night in the Georgia Dome 25-24; fourth and 16 from Boyd to Hopkins will forever be etched into the minds of Clemson fans forever.
That night Clemson football believed they could compete and beat anyone and they started to work like a program that believed they could go anywhere and accomplish that.