The reigning national champion Tigers rallied past No. 2 Ohio State 29-23 Saturday night in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, winning their 29th straight game.
The teams battled for a spot in the College Football Playoff national championship game.
Rather than the score being 22-21 Ohio State, Clemson remained ahead 21-16 and got a chance to punt.
A roughing the punter penalty on Cameron Brown led to another Tigers' touchdown on a 53-yard touchdown pass from Lawrence to Etienne.
Ohio State will lament the missed opportunity of a dominant season in which the Buckeyes won every regular-season game by double digits and had two Heisman Trophy finalists in Fields and defensive end Chase Young. And despite being No. 1 early in the 2019 season, the Clemson Tigers slipped to No. 3 after a narrow win at North Carolina, combined with wins over ACC opponents not ranked in the top 25 and big wins by both LSU and Ohio State over ranked teams.
Ohio State built a 16-0 lead by the 4:55 mark of the second quarter before Clemson scored two touchdowns in the final 2:45 of the first half. Clemson safety Nolan Turner - a Vestavia Hills native and the son of the late former Alabama star Kevin Turner - intercepted the ball in the end zone with 37 seconds remaining to clinch the victory.
Trevor Lawrence needed to go 94 yards in three minutes to keep his remarkable unblemished record intact and advance the No. 3 Tigers to their second consecutive title bout. "If that's what they deemed it was, it's going to be something we'll have to take a look at".
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Clemson will now play LSU in the CFP national championship game in New Orleans on January 13.
Fields heated up and orchestrated an 84-yard drive, capped with a fourth-and-short, 23-yard touchdown pass to Olave to give Ohio State back the lead at 23-21 with 11:46 left in the fourth. The Buckeyes plucked running back J.K. Dobbins and wide receiver Garrett Wilson out of Texas.
I felt like it was good just because of how well we set it up throughout the game.
There were several replay reversals Ohio State thought were controversial, none more so than one in the fourth quarter when Clemson receiver Justyn Ross appeared to have fumbled and Jordan Fuller returned the fumble for a touchdown.
Williamson said the play was reviewed in the stadium as well as at the video review center the SEC uses in Birmingham, and said they determined when Ross moved, the ball was becoming loose in his hands and he did not complete the process of the catch.
In the end, Clemson just found a way to win.