November 26, 2016: South Carolina 7, Clemson 56 – Never Again
Clemson fell just shy of a championship in 2015, losing to Alabama in the title game. Everyone knew the 2016 squad could get back, but the ebbs and flows of a college football season can be fickle.
It seemed like the Tigers’ playoff aspirations might have ended when they lost to Pitt, but they kept chugging and found themselves in a position to qualify for the CFP again.
All they needed to do was beat their archrival in Death Valley.
They say one of the key points to winning a national championship is peaking at the right time. Clemson decided to peak against South Carolina.
When Tiger fans saw Mike Williams carry a Gamecock on his back from the six-yard line into the end zone, they knew this team was ready to make a postseason run.
From there, the Tigers defeated Virginia Tech for the ACC Championship, defeated Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, and captured their second National Championship against Alabama.
Perhaps the most memorable moment from that game came the following May when South Carolina starting quarterback Jake Bentley said the words that Clemson fans will always remember him by:
"“Our big thing is never again will we be outworked, never again will we be out-competed in a game like that. It all stems from that game. At the end of the game, everyone knew they weren’t that much better than us or better than us at all.”"
Gotta believe in yourself, I guess.