Ammon Lakip bounced through the go-ahead, 40-yard field goal and Clemson stopped Louisville on fourth-and-goal from its 2 with 21 seconds remaining for a 23-17 victory Saturday.
The Tigers (4-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) held on despite losing freshman phenom quarterback Deshaun Watson to injury in the second quarter. But it took a dramatic late stop to do it after Will Gardner's 73-yard pass to James Quick put the Cardinals (5-2, 3-2) on Clemson's 8 with 1:08 left.
Gardner was forced to spike the ball on third down to stop the clock at the Tigers 2 on third down. After rolling right on the final play, defensive tackle DeShawn Williams batted away the pass. Clemson's Cole Stoudt ran a final play from the 1 and Tigers fans filled the field in celebration.