The Tigers opened their home schedule with a six-point victory over the Trojans, a team that would go on to be ranked in the top 25 later in the season. Clemson was led by Deshaun Watson, who passed for 292 yards and three touchdowns. Clinging to a 13-10 lead in the fourth quarter, Clemson resorted to its bag of tricks on fourth-and-goal. Defensive end Christian Wilkins, who was lined up in the Tigers’ “Jumbo” package, went into the flat and was wide open for his first career touchdown catch that put Clemson ahead by 10 points. Clemson saw its eventual 17-point lead trimmed to six in the final minute of play, but the Tigers recovered Troy’s onside kick attempt to secure the victory.